What is Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin is a fantastic Antioxidant and nutrient when it comes to our everlasting battle against aging. In fact, in terms of free radical scavenging it is 65 times more powerful than Vitamin C, 54 times more potent than beta-carotene 15 times more potent than even vitamin E.
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid which occurs naturally in algae and is responsible for the reddish pigmentation in salmon, shrimp and lobster.
What is Astaxanthin used for?
But how does all of this translate into anti-aging benefits for your skin? Let’s have a look.
Astaxanthin is often associated with an improvement in skin quality some of which is due to the fact it helps prevent UV damage from the sun. Primarily, however, Astaxanthin helps protect your cell membranes from free radical damage which leads to the development of wrinkles and age spots.
The extra protection afforded by Astaxanthin helps your skin remain firm by retaining its elasticity.
A 2002 a Japanese study reported that a sample of women around the age of 40 felt that every aspect of their skin had improved two weeks of Astaxanthin supplementation. A further Canadian study involving a sample of women aged 35 to 55 highlighted improvements in fine lines and noticeable improvements in the skins overall appearance.
Also Astaxanthin is used to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, strokes, liver complications, macular degeneration and high cholesterol. It is also taken to prevent the onset of cancer.
This Antioxidant can improve exercise performance and reduce muscle fatigue and damage. It can prevent sunburn, improve sleep, and help with male infertility and rheumatoid arthritis.
Dosage depends on the patient and why they need it in the first place.
The minimum recommended dosage is 4mg until 12mg daily.
Although It is an antioxidant You should always follow the advice of your Physician with regard to dosage, or follow the directions which come with your supplement being sure to stick to them if you are without side effects.
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