Archive for the 'astaxanthin' Category
A just-published research study by Dr. R Preston Mason and colleagues at Elucida Research has determined that astaxanthin, a relatively unknown carotenoid found in nature, shows significant promise as a viable scaffold for a new therapy to treat cardiovascular disease based on its exceptional antioxidant properties in membrane models.
Combined with published proof-of-concept, pre-clinical and anecdotal human data, the results of the Mason study (Differential effects of carotenoids on lipid peroxidation due to membrane interactions; xray diffraction analysis by McNulty et al.) signify that astaxanthin exhibits potential utility for use as the scaffold for antioxidant/anti-inflammatory agents in the treatment of cardiovascular and other chronic inflammatory diseases. An astaxanthin derivative may improve, or augment, the restoration of the cellular oxidation balance (i.e. redox status) of mitochondria and cell signaling pathways upstream from the point that produces activation of bioactive inflammatory mediators.
“These data clearly demonstrate a differentiation within the carotenoid class of medically promising antioxidants and provided, in part, the impetus for Cardax Pharmaceuticals to advance an astaxanthin-based derivative into an IND development program,” according to Fredric Pashkow, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Company and former head of U.S. Medical Affairs for cardiovascular drugs at Sanofi-Aventis.
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Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, and like many other carotenoids, astaxanthin is a colorful fat-soluble pigment that is very high in antioxidants, and it has a very low toxicity when taken by mouth. Carotenoids are a very large family [about 700] of fat-soluble pigments. These carotenoids are responsible for the lovely red and yellows we see in fruits and vegetables, and these pigments are produced by fungi, algae, plants, and some bacteria and phytoplankton. Read the rest of this entry »