Astaxanthin - Timeless Beauty From Within

Astaxanthin (pronounced /æstəˈzænθɨn/) is a super-nutrient from carotenoid family. Research suggests that is it several times more powerful than vitamin E and is one of the best nutrients to help protect the skin against free-radical damage and oxidative stress. Astaxanthin is an anti-ageing nutrient that helps to delay the visible signs of premature ageing, such as lines and wrinkles, by maintaining cellular health.

Apart from helping to protect the skin from free-radical damage, astaxanthin is also known to offer natural protection against harmful UV light. Research has shown that a daily intake of just 4mg of pure astaxanthin is enough to support your skin structure and provide protection during strong or prolonged exposure to the sun. It also helps to reduce the likelihood of getting sunburn. Unlike some other carotenoids, Astaxanthin is not converted to vitamin A in the body, which makes it safe in the sun. So far no side effects has been reported from taking astaxanthin supplements.

Humans are unable to make astaxanthin in the body, so we have to get it from the food. Typically it would be obtained from eating certain types of wild fish and seafood,  e. g. salmon, trout , krill and shrimps, but nowadays fish stocks are depleted and we are increasingly resorting to farmed fish which are fed synthetic astaxanthin, which is a food coloring. Thus, while farmed fish does contain astaxanthin, the chemical structure of it is slightly different than that of a wild fish. It is less fat-soluble which makes it less bioavailable. So the best way to get a good amount of Astaxanthin in your diet is to use a supplement.

UK brand Higher Nature produces AstaPure astaxanthin. It is sourced entirely from an unpolluted aquatic plant – Haematococcus Pluvialis – which is the richest source of the natural astaxanthin. The capsule is darkened to protect the astaxanthin and contains antioxidant Vitamin E and olive oil, which helps absorption. Unfortunately, astaxanthin has to be encapsulated in gelatin capsule to ensure the stability of the contents, which makes it not suitable for vegetarians and vegans. There are some companies who produce vegan astaxanthin supplements, but I can not recommend any of those at the moment, since I’m not sure how stable the contents of such capsules are.


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