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.
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If you search for “energy supplement” on amazon, you get over 4,000 results.
How can any reasonable human sift through all that and find the ones that work? Or which ones are bogus?
I did a deep dive into the truth about “increasing your energy” in another article. It gives you a framework for understanding how real energy supplements work and why.
But here I want to do something different.
I want to get practical and tactical with 10 proven ways to boost energy production in your cellular energy factories –– your mitochondria.
We’ll start with the lifestyle and dietary ways to boost your mitochondria and then look at a few powerful supplements.
Let’s start with the cheapest...
Your average health food store has an entire section devoted to “energy.”
The products on the shelf, with their fancy logos and specially designed packaging, make grandiose claims about what they will do for your “energy levels.”
But the truth?
Most of them are stimulants in disguise, artificially jacking you up to give you the sensation of energy.
But in the end, they do more harm than good. They increase cortisol, cause dehydration, and deplete you.
Because almost none of them do anything on the biological level that supports your real energy system: your mitochondria and metabolism.
That’s why in this article I want to show you what to look for with any new supplement.... and why.
It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” according to Andy Williams. Or should it be the most wonderFULL time of the year? I’m referring to the last 6 weeks of the year which is fraught with one nutritional landmine after another.
Let’s face it, things like pumpkin pie, stovetop stuffing, eggnog, pumpkin-spiced lattes, peanut brittle, homemade fudge, and divinity only make their appearance during this brief window so we might as well gorge ourselves with as much as we can, right?
No wonder the average American gains 2 to 5 pounds (or more) over the holidays. You’d think we were part bear by eating all…the…things before going into several months of hibernation. Unfortunately, this is a major reason people gradually gain weight over the course of years and decades. Gaining weight is easy while losing it is another story.