- Research shows that due to astaxanthin’s potent antioxidant activity, it may be beneficial for joint and tendon health.
- May support cardiovascular function and immune health.
- Helps manage a healthy inflammatory response.
- Protects cell function and neutralizes free radicals in the body.
- Promotes vision health.
Astaxantin is a member of the carotenoid family and is classified as a "xanthophyll," which means “yellow leaves” (as opposed to, for example, a chlorophyll) though it's actual color is a red-orange. Astaxanthin is naturally found in a variety of sources, including microalgae, salmon, trout, krill and other crustaceans.
Due to its molecular structure, astaxanthanin is able to pass the blood-brain barrier and has the ability to move throughout the entire body, providing powerful protection to our cells. Unlike other antioxidants, because of what are known as “polar hydrophilic ends,” astaxanthin molecules can span the entire cell membrane, making it remarkably effective at neutralizing free radicals.
Astaxanthin, which appears as a red-orange pigment, is related to other well-known carotenoids beta-carotene and lutein. Astaxanthin, however, has a stronger antioxidant activity (estimated to be 10 times higher than beta-carotene). Studies suggest that astaxanthin as a antioxidant, can be 1,000 times more effective than vitamin E. In many of the aquatic animals where this pigment is found, astaxanthin carries out a number of biological functions, ranging from protection against oxidation of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, protection against UV-light effects, and vision.
- Other carotenoids may compete for absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, thereby interfering with the body's ability to absorb astaxanthin.