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Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant, supporting numerous processes in the body including cardiovascular health, healthy immune responses and:**

  • Youthful-looking skin**

  • Joint and muscle comfort**

  • Neurological health**

Read more about Astaxanthin

What is Astaxanthin?

One of the most powerful naturally-occurring antioxidants, it is a carotenoid: A red-orange phytochemical present in microalgae. Animals that eat these microalgae – including salmon, trout, crayfish and other crustaceans – often take on its vivid coloration. Astaxanthin is responsible for the deep red hue of a boiled lobster. It is also responsible for the bright pink color of flamingos.**

Carotenoids are present in many brightly colored plants, and are famous for their ability to neutralize the cell-damaging, age-accelerating effects of free radicals. Astaxanthin is believed by some to possess the greatest antioxidant potential out of hundreds of other carotenoids. With its high antioxidant activity and inflammation-modulating properties, astaxanthin promotes wellness across diverse body systems.**

It is notably useful in supporting healthy skin through its ability to minimize the effects of exposure to age-accelerating ultraviolet light. Microalgae that grows in high-sunlight conditions near or on the surface of the water creates astaxanthin specifically to protect it from blazing sunlight. In fact, research into the photoprotective effects of astaxanthin revealed that it out-performed every other carotenoid by a significant margin when it came to protecting against the effects of ultraviolet radiation on human skin.**

Astaxanthin’s ability to modulate the inflammatory response within the human body has been studied extensively. Astaxanthin is especially adept in suppressing the production of inflammatory mediators within the body, which could lead to relief from both joint aches and muscle inflammation. Astaxanthin has also been studied for its ability to lower the levels of C-reactive protein in the bloodstream, which is a biomarker for cardiovascular and joint inflammation.**

Astaxanthin may play a role in strengthening the immune system. One research study found that after eight weeks of supplementation, those taking 2 mg to 8 mg of astaxanthin experienced significant enhancements to their immune response. Another study found that the antioxidant appears to optimize the immune system’s production of T-helper cells and antibodies, thereby promoting a healthy immune response.**

Astaxanthin may also play a vital role in supporting healthy eyesight, especially in cases of macular health and age-related eyesight issues. Research has further shown that it promotes microcirculation to the retina and reduces eyestrain and eye fatigue in those who spend long hours working in front of a computer screen.**

Additional research has revealed that the antioxidant may play a role in general health and fitness. Research suggests that astaxanthin supplementation can improve endurance and support the body’s metabolism following exercise. Yet another study found that it may help to limit damage to both cardiac and skeletal muscle following strenuous exercise.**

Astaxanthin Supplements

Astaxanthin may be present in some seafoods in trace amounts; supplementation may be an easier way to achieve therapeutic levels of this antioxidant. The ideal source of astaxanthin supplements is microalgae, which is easily harvested and bioavailable.**

Astaxanthin Directions for Use

Always consult your health care provider before starting any nutritional supplementation regimen. The typical daily astaxanthin dosage is 4 mg, either alone or in a supplement containing other nutrients. Doses of 6 mg or 8 mg are not uncommon.**