For years, I've been a strong proponent of astaxanthin, a remarkable nutrient sometimes called "King of the carotenoids!" Derived from microalgae (and also found in wild salmon), astaxanthin is on my list as one of the top three most important nutrients for human health. I take an astaxanthin supplement (BioAstin) every day.
Authors' Quotes on Astaxanthin
The study found that mice that were fedastaxanthinand then run on a treadmill until exhaustion suffered less heart damage than mice that were similarly exercised withoutastaxanthinsupplementation. On examination, they foundastaxanthinconcentrated in the mice's hearts. They concluded thatastaxanthincan decreaseexerciseinduced damage in the heart as well as in the skeletal muscle (Aoi, et al, 2003). At the Medical College of Wisconsin, another animal study withratsshowed cardio-protective attributes forastaxanthin. In this study,astaxanthinwas given to rats prior to heart attacks.
-ASTAXANTHIN: Natural Astaxanthin, King of the Carotenoids by Bob Capelli