What is Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is often referred to as “the king of carotenoids”. Carotenoids are a class of phytonutrients that are extremely important antioxidants that deactivate free radicals – atoms that can damage cells by reacting with other molecules. These antioxidants fight cancer, promote vision and normal growth & development, and are very anti-inflammatory – providing heavy support to our immune system. Astaxanthin is naturally found in certain marine plants and animals and is a powerful carotenoid.
Being recognized as one of the most powerful antioxidants found in the natural world, Astaxanthin is unlike many other types of antioxidants in that it never becomes a pro-oxidant in the body, so it never results in harmful oxidation. As an antioxidant, it reduces free radicals in the body, and also naturally reduces the oxidative load in the body by protecting the cells against oxidation. Astaxanthin’s unique molecular structure makes it extremely effective against singlet oxygen.
As mentioned above, this red-colored pigment benefits a number of bodily functions including:
- Skin Health – improves the skin’s moisture levels, smoothness, and preserves elasticity all while reducing wrinkles, age spots, and freckles.
- Eye Health – through its strong antioxidant activity, Astaxanthin provides excellent UV-light protection & reduces the risk of nuclear cataracts, making it a preferred supplement for maintaining one’s eye health.
- Circulatory, Cellular Health & Immune Function – being such a potent antioxidant, Astaxanthin supports these critical functions within the body. Learn more about the benefits of good circulation and ways to improve circulation in this blog
Where Can I Find It?
Astaxanthin has a vibrant red pigmentation which gives its marine plant and animal sources their bold coloring. Astaxanthin is most potently found in wild Pacific sockeye salmon. It is also found in lobster, crab, shrimp, algae, krill, and red trout.