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Astaxanthin improves blood-fat profiles

Astaxanthin raised good cholesterol levels, lowered triglyceride fats, and helped regulate metabolism and belly fat in those with normal to high blood-fat levels, a new study reveals.

Doctors in a blood-fat study said that astaxanthin, the natural pink pigment in salmon and other foods, is a much more powerful antioxidant than other carotenoids. Over three months, 61 people with normal to high triglyceride levels took astaxanthin in doses of 6 mg, 12 mg, 18 mg per day, or a placebo.

At the end of the study, compared to placebo, those who took 6 mg and 12 mg of astaxanthin had much higher levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol, and those in the 12 mg and 18 mg groups had much lower triglyceride levels. Blood levels of adiponectin, a hormone that discourages belly fat and helps regulate metabolism, also rose in the 12 mg and 18 mg astaxanthin groups, doctors said.

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