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Science-Based Health Benefits of Astaxanthin

Science-Based Health Benefits of Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring red carotenoid pigment made by a species of freshwater micoalgae and a species of yeast fungus. It can also be found in fish, shrimp and krill that feed on the algae.

Astaxanthin itself acts as a strong antioxidant in the body with several different benefits associated with this activity.

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1. Hearth Health

In a 2011 double-blind placebo-controlled study on 25 overweight and obese adults, astaxanthin significantly lowered LDL cholesterol and reduced oxidative stress.1

Researchers in another study with 24 participants concluded that astaxanthin possibly can contribute to the prevention of atherosclerosis.2

Astaxanthin supplementation also lowered triglycerides and helped to raise participant’s HDL cholesterol otherwise known as good cholesterol.3

Multiple studies on derivatives of astaxanthin have shown favorable results for heart health.4,5,6

Astaxanthin may help lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health.

2. Skin Health

Since astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant it may help improve skin.

A study on 30 healthy women reported that astaxanthin supplementation resulted in significant improvements in skin wrinkles, skin elasticity, age spot size and skin texture after 8 weeks.7

In a 2018 randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study researchers found that astaxanthin seems protective against skin damage caused by UV light and helps maintain healthy skin.8

Two more studies also support the protective effects of astaxanthin in preventing skin damage from UV light.9,10

Astaxanthin may help improve skin health, reduce wrinkles and reduce damage from UV light.

3. Immune Health

Astaxanthin was shown in one study from 2010 to enhance immune system function by increasing the activity of natural killer cells in the immune system.11

Astaxanthin may help enhance immune system function.


Astaxanthin is an important antioxidant that may help improve heart, skin and immune health.*

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