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Astaxanthin is a carotenoid pigment (classed as a xanthophyll) found in algae and the fish that feed on them. Astaxanthin is an effective antioxidant that is both fat and water soluble and therefore active throughout the body, with the ability to cross the blood/brain barrier.

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Astaxanthin Info

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid pigment (classed as a xanthophyll) found in algae and the fish that feed on them. Essential to the diet of salmon, crabs and crayfish, it is responsible for their pink colour. High levels are found in krill oil. Astaxanthin is an effective antioxidant that is both fat and water soluble and therefore active throughout the body, with the ability to cross the blood/brain barrier.

Astaxanthin Benefits

Astaxanthin is a superior antioxidant that improves free radical protection via recycling of other antioxidants (vitamin E, beta carotene, lycopene and glutathione) thereby prolonging their effect. Its antioxidant effect helps protect from sunburn and UV radiation, and directly supports eye, nervous system, skin, heart and prostate health. It helps reduce LDL cholesterol. Astaxanthin reduces recovery time after exercise by speeding up muscle healing, and improves strength and endurance in athletic performance. Its role in visual health extends to prevention of macular degeneration. Pain from arthritis, chronic backache, carpal tunnel syndrome and RSI can all be relieved. Immune function improves and nervous system diseases such as Alzheimer’s may be prevented.

Astaxanthin Side Effects

There have been no human studies on long term use of astaxanthin, so risks are unknown. Contraindicated for those with known allergies to astaxanthin, hormone-sensitive conditions or immune disorders. Use with caution if you have hypertension, asthma, parathyroid disorders, or osteoporosis. In rare cases astaxanthin may lower blood pressure, increase skin pigmentation and hair growth, affect hormone levels, lower blood calcium, alter blood count, decrease libido or enlarge breasts (in men). May interact with drug or herbal medications – consult your health practitioner for information.

Product Reviews

  • Secret to beautiful skin

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    I've been taking this as a general antioxidant. I knew it was good for your skin. Having spent most of my life outdoors sailing tramping etc at nearly sixty you need all the help you can get. Just recently went for my annual skin check to be told by dermatologist that I had amazing skin for my age.

    Julie

    24/07/17

  • worthwhile

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    I take several supplements which are meant to help the immune system but have only taken Astaxanthin over the last few months. In that time I have not become sick or had a cold despite the fact that people are dropping like flies around me. I will keep taking it.

    Sylvienne

    23/07/17

  • Great recovery

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    I have tried a few different anti-oxidants, and find this one the best value for money. It's not too high in potency, so doesn't interfear with my sleep like some other higher strength products. Helps immensely when training and definitely notice a difference when I don't take them.

    Rachel

    16/07/17

Wellness Blog

  • Astaxanthin and muscle recovery

    Astaxanthin, pronounced asta-zan-thin, is the reddish pink pigment present in some salt water algae under certain natural conditions that turn salmon, crayfish and prawns their pinky colour. Astaxanthin also is responsible for giving flamingoes their […]

  • Astaxanthin – Natures all round super antioxidant

    We have all heard how exposure to environmental factors such as pollution, UV light, and weather create free radicals in the body. This oxidative damage (as it is called) is one of the biggest factors […]

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