Pretty much everyone has heard of antioxidants. “Rich in Antioxidants” decorates packages of everything from green tea to juice. It’s even a critical ingredient of our premium Omega 3 Health supplement.
They protect our bodies from environmental toxins and the day-to-day biochemical wear and tear that happens with life.
Essentially, antioxidants are a class of chemical that is able to neutralize "free radicals,” unstable chemical compounds that readily destroy other molecules that are critical for our health: proteins, enzymes, and our DNA. This oxidative damage is at the root of dozens of degenerative diseases, aging, even cancer.
Therefore, protecting ourselves from oxidative damage is crucial for our long-term health and longevity.
In our diet, the most abundant antioxidants carotenoids derived from plants, particularly found in the red, orange, and dark-green pigments of vegetables.
Nature's most powerful antioxidant, however, comes from a much older, more primitive source:
These ancient micro-organisms produce a remarkable antioxidant called Astaxanthin (pronounced asta-zahn-thin). This chemical eventually makes its way up the food chain into Salmon, which is where it gets its red color and how this fish benefits our diet.
So what makes Astaxanthin so special?
Astaxanthin has a unique chemical structure that sets it apart from other carotenoid antioxidants, allowing it to cross both the blood-brain barrier and the optic barrier into the eye. This same structure allows it to associate with LDL cholesterol molecules and to prevent oxidation leading to cardiovascular disease.
Not only does this give it greater bioavailability than regular antioxidants, it also confers an incredible potency. Studies have shown Astaxanthin is over 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10, 550 times stronger than green tea catechins and 75 times stronger than alpha lipoic acid. 
Another study showed that it reduced oxidative damage to DNA by 40%!  Oxidative damage to DNA is the biochemical cause of cancer.
Scientists have even found taking Astaxanthin supplements, increased performance time and power in athletes, lowered free-radical levels after exercise, and improved recovery time. [3,4,8]. These are very compelling findings.
In fact, there have been over 1500 peer-reviewed scientific articles on this single antioxidant, investigating its potential in preventing and managing diabetes, managing blood pressure, skin health, preventing oxidative damage to the brain in neurodegenerative conditions that lead to forgetfulness and age-related decline. One researcher even called it “Natural Brain Food.” 
This remarkable antioxidant also has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Astaxanthin blocks the action of the Cox2 enzyme, a critical enzyme in inflammation. This is the same pathway targeted by the pharmaceutical drug Celebrex and studies have shown Astaxanthin to be as effective as the prescription drug—but no side effects .
Another study showed that taking Astaxanthin lowers C-Reactive Protein levels—one of the most important markers of inflammation— by over 20% . There is no prescription drug on the market that can make claims like this. And again, no side effects.
The evidence is undeniable. Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful compounds nature has created for promoting health, longevity, and performance. And again, with zero toxicity or side effects.
Now you can get your supply of Astaxanthin at BodyHealth as a part of our proprietary Omega 3 Health blend, where we combine with some of nature’s most pristine source of Omega 3 fatty acids along with the potent anti-inflammatory plants in the world— Turmeric, Boswellia (frankincense), and Ginger — for maximum effect on your health and vitality.
The importance of having a well-functioning and healthy immune system has become increasingly obvious in recent times.
Sadly, everyone seems to have a different answer as to how you should go about strengthening your immune system. When you go to your local health and wellness shop, you might see twenty or thirty products that tout their “immune boosting” powers. An Amazon search reveals thousands of results.
Well, we’re here to tell you about an effective and ancient remedy that has been in use for over two thousand years: the red reishi mushroom.
We’ve all heard about all the negative effects of stress and the modern lifestyle.
We’re all rushing around, overworked, in a constant state of fight-or-flight and it has disastrous effects on our health.
But what if “stress” wasn’t the real problem?
What if our bodies knew exactly how to cope with the intensity of modern life… if we just gave the body what it needed to thrive?
And the key may be one little mineral.
I hope this finds you healthy and able to still get outside (or inside) for a daily run during this trying time of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of us are grieving several losses including race cancellations. Though it's a bummer, I want you to know that your hard-earned training is far from wasted.
Those miles are in your legs and all kinds of wonderful benefits have occurred including the addition of mitochondria, adding new capillary beds for increased blood flow, and strengthening the heart muscle for future training.
As athletes, it's important for us to be proactive in maintaining a strong immune system. We're not only doing this for our own prevention but also our loved ones that we spend time with.
Read on for 5 tips to consider as you seek to stay healthy.