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July 13, 2020



In 2011, Astaxanthin was the “it” nutraceutical, with sky-high sales and the hottest buzz attached to its name.[i] Eight years later, its benefits and uses have expanded, creating new users and covering a wider range of conditions. This quick briefer gives you an update on this multi-purpose supplement.

 

  • Astaxanthin is a reddish aquatic[ii] carotenoid[iii] found in salmon, trout, lobster, microalgae, yeast, shrimp and other seafood[iv].
  • The top benefits of astaxanthin are its ability to combat oxidative stress, and reduce inflammation [v].
  • Its potency as free radical scavenger is  65x more than Vitamin C, 54x more than Beta-Carotene, and 12x more than Vitamin E
  • It has antioxidant qualities that improve blood flow and lower “oxidative stress” in smokers and overweight persons[vi].
  • It is used to treat a range of diseases including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, high cholesterol, liver diseases, age-related macular degeneration (age-related vision loss)[vii].
  • Astaxanthin helps maintain healthy condition of eyes, brain, skin and joints[viii].
  • It can be applied to the skin to protect against sunburn and reduce wrinkles[ix].
  • Its anti-inflammatory capabilities can be used to address joint pains, such as rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome[x].
  • A good source of astaxanthin is salmon, as well as crawfish, crab, lobster, shrimp (especially warm water varieties) and red snapper.[xi] For good absorption, astaxanthin should be taken with meals containing


[i] Watson, E. [2013, March]. Astaxanthin: Still red hot or cooling off? The Dr Oz effect… two years on. Retrieved from https://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Article/2013/03/15/Astaxanthin-Still-red-hot-or-cooling-off?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright

[ii] Patel, K. [2018, June]. Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://examine.com/supplements/astaxanthin/

[iii] WebMD.com [n.d.] Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1063/astaxanthin

[iv] Wilson, D. [2017, October]. 7 Potential Benefits of Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/health-claims-astaxanthin

[v] Algaecal.com. [2019, February]. What is Astaxanthin? Uses, Benefits, Side Effects and More! Retrieved from https://www.algaecal.com/expert-insights/astaxanthin/

[vi] Wilson, D. [2017, October]. 7 Potential Benefits of Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/health-claims-astaxanthin

[vii] WebMD.com [n.d.] Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1063/astaxanthin

[viii] Watson, E. [2013, March]. Astaxanthin: Still red hot or cooling off? The Dr Oz effect… two years on. Retrieved from https://www.nutraingredients-u...

[ix] WebMD.com [n.d.] Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1063/astaxanthin

[x] Wilson, D. [2017, October]. 7 Potential Benefits of Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/health-claims-astaxanthin

[xi] Superfoodly.com. [2017, July]. Natural Astaxanthin Foods: 20 Best High Potency Food Sources. Retrieved from https://www.superfoodly.com/natural-astaxanthin-foods-best-high-potency-food-sources/

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