Part of what makes COVID-19 such a dangerous disease in severe cases is because it can trigger a cytokine storm reaction leading to sepsis, organ failure and death.
I’ve written a number of articles discussing a variety of natural supplements known to inactivate viruses, quell inflammation and regulate the inflammatory process. Examples include vitamin C, melatonin and licorice root. You can find them all on my Coronavirus Resource Page.
Most recently, the paper “COVID-19: Potential of Microalgae Derived Natural Astaxanthin as Adjunctive Supplement in Alleviating Cytokine Storm,” published April 21, 2020, on the research library website SSRN, addresses the use of astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant supplement derived from microalgae. According to the authors:
The astaxanthin paper cites research showing astaxanthin “can play major roles in regulating immunity and disease etiology” thanks to its multifaceted activity. Not only is it a powerful antioxidant, but it’s also an immune booster, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotector, immunomodulator, antibacterial and anti-apoptotic. In terms of antioxidant power, it’s thought to be the most potent available. As noted in the astaxanthin paper:
Importantly, as explained in this paper, astaxanthin has a very unique molecular structure that allows it to penetrate the bilayer membrane of cells. The ability to quench reactive oxygen species (ROS) and free radicals in both the inner and outer layers of the cellular membrane allows it to provide superior protection against oxidative stress, compared to other antioxidants.
Vitamin E and beta-carotene, for example, only work in the inner side of the membrane, and vitamin C only works on the outer side. What’s more:
the authors state, adding:
According to the authors, astaxanthin may be uniquely suited for this task. Astaxanthin, “with its proven anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity backed by multiple preclinical and human trials and with its extraordinary safety profile can be one of the most promising candidates to be tried against COVID-19,” they say.
The authors believe astaxanthin may help minimize the impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection by:
The following graph illustrates and summarizes the beneficial effects of astaxanthin and how it can help quench the cytokine storm response responsible for the sepsis, acute lung injury, ARDS and multiorgan disorders often seen in patients with severe COVID-19 disease. According to the authors:
In short, astaxanthin ticks many important boxes when it comes to ameliorating COVID-19, including immune response regulation and the enhancement of both cell-mediated and humoral immune responses, as well as the simultaneous protection against oxidative damage and inflammation.
Aside from being potentially useful against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, astaxanthin has also been shown to provide broad-spectrum, systemwide health benefits, protecting against radiation and promoting skin, eye, brain and heart health. To learn more about this powerful antioxidant, see “Research on Astaxanthin Demonstrates Significant Whole Body Benefits.”
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