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Look After Your Metabolism
You may have heard of the term ‘metabolic syndrome’. Around 30% of the population suffers from metabolic syndrome, and many won’t even know they have it.
Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that when they are seen together in a person, increases their likelihood for developing serious problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
There are five metabolic risk factors that determine a person’s overall metabolic risk. Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, if three or more of these conditions occur in combination, you fall into the category of having metabolic syndrome.
• A large waistline
• A high triglyceride level (or being on medicine to treat high triglycerides)
• A low HDL cholesterol level (or being on medicine to tread this problem). HDL is sometimes referred to as “good cholesterol”
• High blood pressure (or being on medicine to treat this problem)
• High fasting blood sugar (or being on medicine to treat this problem). This can be an early sign of diabetes.
If you think you might be suffering from metabolic syndrome, see your healthcare professional.
Metabolic syndrome is related is our modern lifestyle which results in obesity and inactivity.
The good news is you can make lifestyle changes such as getting more exercise, and losing weight, to reduce your metabolic risk
The really great news is that Astaxanthin supports a healthy metabolism. However, taking Astaxanthin alone doesn’t condone poor eating habits or lack of exercise, you still need to make healthy life style choices for optimal health. We’ve brought together some of the most exiting research on Astaxanthin and its effects on metabolic risk factors.
Studies have shown Astaxanthin helps support how the blood flows through the body, which can help reduce hypertension. One study found that four weeks of taking astaxanthn each day enhanced choroidal blood flow (Saito M et al, 2014). Yet another study found that those who took astaxanthin for 12 weeks had higher “good cholesterol” (HDL cholesterol), and an increase in the levels of the hormone adiponectin – this hormone is involved in regulating glucose levels.
In terms of glucose and insulin sensitivity – both important metabolic factors, a group of researchers from India (Bhuvaneswari S et al, 2010) showed that increased blood glucose and excessive insulin levels brought on by a high processed fat and high sugar diet could be deterred with Astaxanthin treatment in mice. Another research group (Hussein G et al, 2006) showed that Astaxanthin improved fasting blood glucose levels and improved insulin sensitivity in rats.
In a nutshell – look after your metabolism! Metabolic syndrome is linked to increased risk of serious diseases. See your healthcare professional if you think you might be suffering from metabolic syndrome. Take exercise and weight loss seriously, and keep taking your Astaxanthin to support a healthy metabolism.