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What is Astaxanthin?

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What is Astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin is an antioxidant and red-orange carotenoid pigment naturally produced by microalgae and yeasts.

Wild shrimp, lobster, crab, and salmon get their red-orange hue from eating these microalgaes and yeasts packed with Astaxanthin.

As an antioxidant, Astaxanthin is 100 times stronger than Vitamin E, making it one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. Ongoing research suggests that Astaxanthin possesses a whole host of life-enhancing benefits.

 

Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants and comes from microalgae in the ocean

 

What are the health benefits of Astaxanthin?

 

Astaxanthin is good for skin

The research behind Astaxanthin and its benefits for skin health is well substantiated. Clinical research conducted in 2012 showed that when taken orally or applied topically, Astaxanthin improved skin health parameters such as wrinkling, redness, elasticity, and moisture content. There were positive results in both men and women after 8 weeks of supplementation.

Additional research suggests that Astaxanthin helps buffer UV-induced skin damage while improving skin texture. It has also been shown that Astaxanthin can protect skin from sagging and wrinkling caused by UVA sun exposure. This is believed to be due to the fact that Astaxanthin reduces the production of proteins which break down Collagen in the skin.

 

Astaxanthin can protect skin from wrinkling and keep skin looking youthful

 

Astaxanthin is good for the immune system

Research into the immune-boosting effects of Astaxanthin is still ongoing, however the early signs are positive. A 2018 clinical trial showed that, after supplementation of 2mg of Astaxanthin for 8 weeks, immune cell response was enhanced.

Further studies conducted on animals showed that Astaxanthin supplementation increased the production of antibodies which are key in fighting off pathogens. More research into the effect of Astaxanthin on the immune system is required.

 

Astaxanthin fights inflammation

As a powerful antioxidant, Astaxanthin has been shown to help fight oxidative stress and inflammation. It has been proven to have one of the highest antioxidant activities against fighting free radicals. Free radicals cause damage to healthy cells, leading to inflammation in the body.

 

How much Astaxanthin should I take?

There are no set daily recommendations for Astaxanthin. Studies suggest that 2-12mg per day of Astaxanthin may offer health benefits. No signs of toxicity have been found at very high doses (over 500 mg/kg of body weight) in animals.

Our Astaxanthin softgel capsules provide 6mg of Astaxanthin and are easy to swallow.

 

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When should I take Astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin is a fat-soluble antioxidant, which means that it is best absorbed in combination with dietary fat and remains in your body longer than water-soluble nutrients. You should therefore consume Astaxanthin in combination with foods that are high in fats such as avocados or nuts.

 

What are the side effects associated with Astaxanthin?

The safety profile of Astaxanthin is still being studied, however, it is believed to be safe when consumed as a supplement.

Astaxanthin is a strong natural colorant that gives salmon and lobster their intense color. Some people do find that after taking Astaxanthin their stool turns a reddish color, which is normal and harmless. That said, if you notice your stools becoming consistently dark red, this may be symptomatic of something else and you should consult your doctor.

 

What is the best food source of Astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin is found in all kinds of seafood and shellfish such as trout, shrimp, lobster, crab, and salmon. Wild seafood tends to contain significantly higher levels of Astaxanthin than farmed fish due to the presence of Astaxanthin in their natural diet.

 

Astaxanthin is found in all kinds of seafood

 

The bottom line

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