Astaxanthin may reduce abdominal fat, cholesterol and blood pressure in type 2 diabetes

Those with type 2 diabetes often have elevated lipid levels and poor glucose handling. Astaxanthin is the bright red-orange, fat-soluble carotenoid in salmon, lobster, and some algae. Astaxanthin has powerful antioxidant properties.  

In this study, 44 men and women with type 2 diabetes took 8 mg of astaxanthin per day, or a placebo. After eight weeks, while the placebo group had not changed, those taking astaxanthin had lower levels of abdominal fat, reduced triglycerides and LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. By the end of the study, blood pressure had also declined and glucose levels had decreased slightly for those taking astaxanthin.

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