What is Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is considered to be the strongest antioxidant in the world and stands for highest cell protection. It has a much stronger protective function against oxidative stress than vitamin E.
The substance is formed by the green alga “Haematococcus pluvialis”, also known as blood rain algae. This produces the reddish, natural pigment astaxanthin under stress conditions such as too much or too little sunlight or incorrect water conditions. This protects the alga from sunlight and free radicals. In the wild, the green algae are eaten by crustaceans and turn red.
These in turn give salmon or flamingos a pink colour via the food chain. Astaxanthin is ten times more effective than beta-carotene, which is contained in orange carrots, for example. In order to accelerate skin tanning, however, one would have to consume three to five kilograms daily over a longer period of time. Astaxanthin makes this tanning effect easier to achieve. Regular intake of astaxanthin additionally increases the balancing effect for skin pigmentation, as the antioxidant accumulates in the body and stores in the cell membranes. As a result, the natural pigment balances the colour of the skin and even prevents the formation of new pigmentation and age spots through an improved melanin distribution.
What’s the disadvantage of astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin contains oil and is therefore very difficult for our body to absorb, like all oily substances. Fortunately, there is a great solution: Astaxanthin is best combined with krill oil. Krill oil contains small amounts of astaxanthin on its own, and it also contains omega-3 fatty acids and phosporlipids that help transport astaxanthin directly to the cells.
what are the benefits of astaxanthin?
- Protects the skin from sunburn and pigment spots by accumulating astaxanthin in the skin. There are already a number of studies that have investigated the effect of carotenoids on our skin.
- The skin metabolism is stimulated and improved.
- Skin aging due to UV radiation is reduced: These include age spots, sagging skin, wrinkles and the risk of skin cancer is also reduced.
- Astaxanthin is a skin whitener, which is why it is in great demand, especially in Asia.
Which dose is recommended?
Experts recommend a dosage of 4 to 8 mg astaxanthin per day. This dosage also applies to pilots who are exposed to elevated levels of radiation and to athletes who are exposed to increased oxidative stress.
Why should you take krill oil additionally?
Astaxanthin is very difficult for the cells to absorb, like all oily substances. But there’s an ingenious solution to this problem: krill oil! Krill oil naturally even contains small amounts of astaxanthin. If you now take krill oil and additional astaxanthin, then the following happens: The phosphorus lipids of astaxanthin can be transported directly to the skin cells thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids of krill oil. This allows astaxanthin to accumulate in the skin and protects it from sunburn and pigment spots from the inside, and stimulates the skin metabolism.
Where can I buy Astaxanthin? 🛒
Dosage: Take one capsule (12mg astaxanthin) every second day with plenty of fluids, ideally together with a capsule of krill oil. Don’t exceed the recommended dosage.