We all have something
called a FOXO3 gene. It helps protect us against aging.
researchers at the University of Hawaii have identified a compound that can
boost the FOXO3 gene. They fed mice either normal food or food containing a low
or high dose of something called CDX-085, a compound being developed by a
for-profit pharmaceutical company.
animals that were fed the higher amount of the compound experienced a
significant increase in the activation of the FOXO3 gene in their heart tissue.
In fact, there was a nearly 90% increase in the activation of the FOXO3
"longevity gene" in the mice fed the higher dose of CDX-085.3
CDX-085, you ask?
fancy code name for a synthetic form of astaxanthin.
the strongest antioxidant in the world, astaxanthin is part of the carotenoid
family of nutrients, including beta-carotene. Pink-colored foods have a huge
antioxidant benefit thanks to this secret nutrient.
may just be the best antioxidant for DNA protection. It's 6,000 times more
effective for that than vitamin C, 800 times more than CoQ10, and 550 times more
than vitamin E or green tea.4
at University of Hawaii studied synthetic astaxanthin that will have to undergo
human trials before it can be sold. But you don't have to turn to synthetic
sources to benefit from the longevity power of astaxanthin.
Sources of Astaxanthin
several nutritional sources of astaxanthin readily available in your grocery
store. Salmon is the best food source. But be sure to look for wild sources of
the pink fish.
salmon contains over 450% more astaxanthin than farmed salmon. Four ounces of
farm-raised salmon contains less than 1 mg of astaxanthin. The same amount of
wild-caught sockeye salmon contains a healthy 4.5 mg.
also find astaxanthin in other pink-colored seafood like lobster, crab, red sea
bream, shrimp and salmon roe.
You can also
take an astaxanthin supplement. I recommend at least 10-12 mg per day, in
divided doses. To get the full benefits, take it with food, or with a tablespoon
of olive oil.