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The Antioxidant Protential of Maxi OMEGA-3 Krill

The Antioxidant Protential of Maxi OMEGA-3 Krill

NutriNZ Maxi OMEGA-3 Krill contains the key ingredient of red krill oil which is a natural powerhouse of highly bioactive omega-3s, triglycerides and antioxidants. Yes, this Pure and Undiluted natural supplement offers a whole range of benefits- but for now, lets focus on its antioxidant properties.

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are natural or man-made substances that prevent damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. Free radicals are atoms or molecules with an odd or unpaired number of electrons. They are formed when oxygen interacts with other molecules. Once formed, free radicals become highly reactive and start chain reactions.

When they interact with important cellular components such as DNA, free radicals can cause severe damage in a body and lead to cancer, autoimmune diseases, and other health-related troubles.

Antioxidants pose as the body’s defence organisms from this damage!

Essentially, antioxidants are molecules that safely interact with free radicals and neutralize them, thus delaying and even preventing oxidative stress and the damage it would cause. Antioxidants prevent negative health conditions and they also play a role in anti-aging because free radicals speed up the aging process[1]. Although the body produces enzymes and substances that protect us from oxidative damage, to stay healthy you also have to have an antioxidant-rich diet or take supplements to support the body in protecting itself.

Red Krill Oil and Antioxidant Support

Even though we don’t usually associate marine organisms such as krill with antioxidant content, they are a rich source of these beneficial molecules. More precisely, red krill oil is an abundant source of astaxanthin.

Astaxanthin is an aquatic carotenoid just like fucoxanthin. Basically, astaxanthin is a red pigment in krill and salmon and it is considered the most stable of all aquatic antioxidants; it is usually called the king of carotenoids. This antioxidant protects your body from oxidative stress and delivers a wide array of health benefits.

For example, one study found that supplementation with astaxanthin has a positive influence on cholesterol levels and it decreases LDL (bad) cholesterol and it reduces oxidative stress biomarkers at the same time[2]. Astaxanthin proves to be incredibly effective not only for oxidative damage but the reduction of inflammation and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases[3].

Studies also show that astaxanthin has tremendous neuroprotective potential and it works better when taken together with Omega-3 fatty acids[4]. It is needless to mention that red krill oil delivers both astaxanthin and Omega-3s thus helping users to maximize their benefits.

Regular intake of astaxanthin can also help you manage or prevent diabetes. Evidence confirms that astaxanthin consumption is able to reduce glucose and improve INS sensitivity[5].

Thanks to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, astaxanthin can also help you improve aerobic performance. For example, in a study which included cyclists, the supplementation of 4mg astaxanthin for 28 days resulted in a greater performance compared to placebo[6].

NutriNZ Maxi OMEGA-3 Plus

Our red krill oil has an abundant source of Omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin, the king of carotenoids. Numerous studies have confirmed that astaxanthin has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory effects and regular intake of the antioxidant supports cardiovascular health, aerobic performance, manages/prevents diabetes, and so much more.

Consumption of this supplement is particularly beneficial if we bear in mind that synergistic effect of Omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin yield even greater effects.

Furthermore,  our NutriNZ Maxi OMEGA-3 Plus is certified to be free from heavy metals such as mercury, dioxins and pesticides and sustainably harvested from the southern Antarctic Ocean under strict regulation for a traceable and conscious product.

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[1] Rahman K. Studies on free radicals, antioxidants, and co-factors. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2007;2(2):219-236. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2684512/

[2] Choi HD, Youn YK, Shin WG. Positive effects of astaxanthin on lipid profiles and oxidative stress in overweight subjects. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 2011 Nov;66(4):363-9. Doi: 10.1007/s11130-011-0258-9 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21964877

[3] Pashkow FJ, Watumull DG, Campbell CL. Astaxanthin: a novel potential treatment for oxidative stress and inflammation in cardiovascular disease. American Journal of Cardiology 2008 May 22;101(10A):58D-68D. Doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2008.02.010 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18474276

[4] Saw CL, Yang AY, Guo Y, Kong AN. Astaxanthin and Omega-3 fatty acids individually and in combination protect against oxidative stress via the Nrf2-ARE pathway. Food and Chemical Toxicology 2013 Dec;62:869-75. Doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2013.10.023 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24157545

[5] Husseini G, Nakagawa T, Goto H, et al. Astaxanthin ameliorates features of metabolic syndrome in SHR/NDmcr-cp. Life Sciences 2007 Jan 16;80(6):522-9. Doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2006.09.041 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17074368

[6] Earnest CP, Lupo M, White KM, et al. Effect of astaxanthin on cycling time trial performance. International Journal of Sports Medicine 2011 Nov;32(11):882-8. Doi: 10.1055/s-0031-128779 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21984399