By Cassandra Forsythe-Pribanic, PhD, RD
One of the hardest aspects of starting a new diet plan is appetite control. Now, we’re not talking about ultra-restrictive dieting here, because those are just silly and only result in rebounds and misery.
What we’re referring to is any dietary switch that requires you to pay attention to some aspect of your nutrition with the goal of dropping body fat and improving health. Whether it be carbohydrate cycling or calorie confusion, any time you make a conscious effort to improve what you feed your body, your appetite can be your biggest enemy.
Astaxanthin – although it sounds like one of those molecules in your chemistry class that haunted you while studying for final exams, it’s actually a very powerful antioxidant with several health-promoting properties.
One health benefit in particular is its ability to protect your body against diabetes. It does this by fighting oxidative stress and preventing insulin resistance – two of the underlying causes of this common disease.
Oxidative stress refers to oxidative damage in a cell, tissue or organ, caused by Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), which are unstable free radical molecules containing oxygen that steal electrons from other molecules. This then makes the newly damaged molecule another free radical.
ROS are often dangerous because they’re linked to many negative effects in the body such as increased inflammation, permanent cell damage and even cell death.
Antioxidants come to our rescue against ROS because they stabilize the free radical molecule and prevent it from causing any destruction.