Astaxanthin Protects Skin From UV Damage and Slows Down Aging of the Skin.
Astaxanthin is a powerhouse antioxidant that has been shown to inhibit oxidative stress and prevent cellular damage.
A 2017 study published in the journal PlosONE found that ingestion of astaxanthin can reverse the damage from UV exposure. As if that wasn't impressive enough they all found that it can improve wrinkling, and decrease transepidermal water loss.
Astaxanthin is a powerful, naturally occurring carotenoid pigment that originates in certain marine plants. It is found in a specific algae called Haematococcus pluvialis. Sea life feasts on this astaxanthin-rich algae which is then transmitted to fish.
It's referred to as "the king of the carotenoids," because it has become recognized as one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature. Unlike other types of antioxidants, astaxanthin never becomes a pro-oxidant. That means it can never cause harmful oxidation in the body.
And while it's been shown to greatly improve certain eye and heart conditions it is well- known for its tremendous anti-aging benefits for the skin. It's shown it has the ability to improve skin moisture levels, wrinkles, elasticity and protect against UV damage.
Look for astaxanthin in skin care products that are lipid based. My favorite product that contains this amazing ingredient is Suntegrity Tinted Sunscreen. Astaxanthin confers an anti-inflammatory effect as well as an extremely effective ability to neutralize wrinkle-causing free-radicals.
As part of my health protocol I take 12 mg of astaxanthin from algae every day faithfully. I believe astaxanthin sourced from algae is the way to go rather than taking a fish based astaxanthin. It seems odd to me to go to the middleman, especially given the short shelf life and the high risk of fish oil turning rancid. I recommend for the freshest and purest source stick with algae based astaxanthin.