September 24

Astaxanthin and Estrogen

Testosterone & Diet

I have a warning for you about a supplement called Astaxanthin.

Don’t take it…

For the same reason you shouldn’t take beta carotene inisolation…

Because carotenoids, like beta carotene, astaxanthin, lycopene,etc…

When taken taken solo have a tendency to do bad things to people.

For example…

In one study, 18,000 smokers were given 30 mg beta carotenefor four years.

And things got ugly…

The volunteers given the supplement had a 28 percent higher riskof developing lung cancer….

And a 17 percent higher risk of death from all causes.

Needless to say, this study was halted early…

Then the smokers were advised to do what they should have done in the first place.

Stop smoking.

But what about astaxanthin?

It’s a carotenoid too. And like other carotenoids it gives things color…

Beta carotene makes your carrots orange. Lycopene your tomatoesred….

Astaxanthin your salmon pink.

And getting these carotenoids from food is a good thing…

Because nature has controls in place so you don’t take too much.

But when you isolate this stuff. Put it in a pill. And package it up…

Things change. Sometimes for the worse…

The beta carotene study proved this.

And I already knew this information when I started takingastaxanthin myself early last year.

So I should have known better….

But the talking heads were all over it (mercola, dr oz, etc…)so I was getting tons of emails.

And if you’ve been on this list for a while…

You know as well as I do that I still bite it every once in a while…

And I bit it with this supplement.

The promise of never sunburning again was just too tempting.Because I have a love affair going on with the sun.

But soon after I started taking it…

Whispers of man-boob issues starting popping up in theblogesphere.

So the experiment stopped. I needed to do more research.

Then Mercola responded with this…

There is NO steroidal activity. It does not enter in any mechanismpathway for the synthesis of steroids.

So I cautiously started the experiment back up again…

And paid very close attention to my nipple sensitivity. Size. Pufffactor.

And things went fine for about a month….

Until I got out of the shower and saw two inflamed nipples staringback at me in the mirror one morning.

And when I touched them they were sensitive. Just like my wife’sare at certain times of the month.

So in my case there Was some steroidal activity (sorry mercola).

And that activity spelled the word estrogen with a capitol E in my case.

So my advice to you is, don’t mess with this supplement.

Ladies may have a hall pass. But I wouldn’t know unless I testedit on my wife….

But she’s already in a good hormonal place…

And I’m not going to mess around with that, for obvious reasons.

So here’s your best bet…

Get Your Carotenoids From Food.

Because when you do it this way. There’s no penalty…

No risk.

And life is already risky enough, right?


About the author 

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is an independent health researcher, fitness coach, author, and owner of several websites that teach men how maintain erections and boost testosterone levels naturally, without using steroids, drugs, or artificial hormones.

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