What is Astaxanthin?

June 07, 2022 3 min read

What is Astaxanthin

Although you might not have heard of it, Astaxanthin is notoriously stronger than its more famous antioxidant cousins and delivers potent and measurable results. 

- Heather Eastman, NSCA CPT, CF L1

The supplement industry is full of impossible-to-pronounce ingredients you’ve never heard of all specifically chosen for their incredible health-boosting properties. Astaxanthin is no exception. (Pronounce - A-stuh-zan-thin)

What is Astaxanthin? 

Astaxanthin is an antioxidant and keto-carotenoid that occurs naturally in some algae and salmon, giving the flesh of this fish its pinkish-red hue. It is thought to have a protective effect for the cells in the body and may improve the function of the immune system. It has also been studied for its potential effects on endurance and mitigating musculoskeletal damage. Researchers have also studied Astaxanthin’s effects on the heart and it’s potential to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. 

Due to its numerous potential health benefits, Astaxanthin is a popular ingredient in many health-related and anti-aging supplements. 

What Are the Benefits of Taking Astaxanthin?

What is Astaxanthin most commonly used for? Astaxanthin is used in many types of supplements and people take it for a variety of reasons, including improving athletic performance, protecting against cell damage, decreasing the signs of skin aging skin, reducing muscle soreness from exercise, supporting the immune system. Many of the health benefits of Astaxanthin are related to its antioxidative properties, which comparison studies show is highest among the carotenoids. 

This reduction of inflammation is tied to Astaxanthin’s potential heart health benefits and protective effects at the cellular level. A 2012 study showed the combination of oral and topical Astaxanthin helps reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. As with NMN, reducing inflammation and protecting against cell damage is beneficial for optimal health and immunity. Astaxanthin further enhances your immune system by helping to activate T-cells (white blood cells) and natural killer (NK) cells. 

Can Astaxanthin Reverse Aging?

As mentioned, Astaxanthin can be used both topically and orally to promote healthy skin. Using Astaxanthin in this combination can help to smooth wrinkles, make age spots smaller, and maintain skin moisture. This is because of its lipophilic and hydrophilic properties, which give it the strongest quenching properties among the carotenoids. The question is, does astaxanthin make you look younger?

According to some research, yes. Astaxanthin can make skin look visibly younger – and it may even reverse aging. By analyzing skin surface components researchers were able to show a quantifiably strong antioxidant effect from continuous Astaxanthin intake resulting in facial skin rejuvenation and reduction of age-related morphological changes in middle-aged volunteers. 

Based on this research, Astaxanthin is gaining authority in the pantheon of antioxidants, and for good reason. It has been found to be 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10 (another naturally occurring compound found in fish), 550 times stronger than green tea catechins and 75 times stronger than alpha lipoic acid. 

What Is the Best Source of Astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin occurs naturally in pink-pigmented seafood. The best sources of Astaxanthin include sockeye salmon, red trout, lobster, shrimp, crawfish, crab, salmon roe, algae, and red sea bream. Is it safe to take Astaxanthin daily? Recent studies have shown doses of 4-18 mg daily to be safe for 12 week durations, with recent studies raising the acceptable daily intake to 0.2mg per kg of body weight. 

As with most naturally-occurring antioxidants, supplementation is one of the best ways to ensure you get optimal levels of Astaxanthin every day.

To learn more about these revolutionary formulas and why anti-aging experts believe in the efficacy of these ingredients, visit https://biostacklabs.com. 

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