Astaxanthin - a strange but beautiful name for a wonderful carotenoid and one of nature’s most potent antioxidants. Astaxanthin is found largely in marine life such as red marine algae, Krill and wild caught Salmon. Who wouldn’t be excited by the compound that gives flamingos their magnificent colour and helps protect them from the sun’s harmful UV rays..?
What makes Astaxanthin a ‘super antioxidant’?
It is 6000 times more powerful than Vitamin C
It is 800 times more effective Co Enzyme Q10
It is 500 times stronger than Vitamin E
It 500 times more potent than the catechins found in green tea
A number of scientific studies (links below) have shown Astaxanthin to benefit health in many ways, including:
Reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots
Improve endurance and exercise recovery
Improve skin and reduce sun damage
Reduce the signs of ageing
A human clinical study by Japanese scientists found that 6mg per day of oral supplementation improved subjects’ skin wrinkles, age spot size, skin elasticity, moisture content and firmness in 8 weeks.
Another human trial researching the ability of Astaxanthin to mop up free radicals in athletes, showed an oral supplement of 4mg of Astaxanthin greatly improved recovery time, as it prevented a rise of free radicals in the body (a natural side effect of exercise), which can hamper the body’s recovery time.
Will it make me go pink?
No, it won’t! Unless you consumed tons of it daily like a flamingo, your skin would stay the colour it is meant to be. It just might look smoother, more even toned and springier – not too bad for a little-known carotenoid compound, eh?
Some lovely science for a good old geek out: