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One of Natural Astaxanthin’s many benefits in human nutrition is its ability to enhance the immune¬†response. While more famous for anti-inflammatory conditions, as an internal beauty supplement, for cardiovascular protection and for eye health, there has also been a considerable amount of research demonstrating Natural Astaxanthin’s positive impact on immunity.

Dr. Boom Chew and Jean Soon Park expanded upon this early work in a series of experiments starting in 2003. After proving immune system enhancement in mice, Dr. Chew moved on to study the effects in humans. In a double blind, placebo controlled human clinical, Dr. Chew amd his team showed that at dosages as low as 2mg per day, Astaxanthin is a strong immune system stimulator. The study showed that Astaxanthin:
Early research in this area was led by Dr. H. Jyonouchi in the early 1990’s, first at the University of South Florida, and later at University of Minnesota’s School of medicine. In a series of published experiments, Dr. Jyonouchi demonstrated first in-vitro, then later in a rodent model, the mechanism of action for Astaxanthin’s immunomodulating effect.

Later work went on to demonstrate that Astaxanthin enhances human immunoglobulin production. The final study in this series measured Astaxanthin’s and several other carotenoids’ potency as immune enhancers.

Astaxanthin did considerably more at equal dosage levels than all other carotenoids, including lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin and canthaxanthin. Other researchers from Japan found similar results.

In short it has been found that Astaxanthin helps with:

  • Stimulating lymphocyte proliferation
  • Increasing the total number of antibody producing B-cells
  • Produceing increased number of T-cells
  • Amplification of natural killer cell cytotoxic activity
  • Significantly increasing delayed-type hypersensitivity response
  • Dramatically decreasing DNA damage

To summarize, these results show that Astaxanthin works through many different pathways to 
support healthy immune function in humans ( Chew, et al, 2003).