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Exposure of skin to light, especially UV rays, may lead to production of oxygen singlets and damage to the free radicals in tissue. Carotenoids such as astaxanthin play an important role in skin protection against UV rays which is usually caused by tissues that are directly exposed to solar irradiation.
Astaxanthin has the unique ability of helping to preserve mitochondrial functions and prevent aging. It also protects cellular membranes in the inner and external surface by preventing oxidation.
Astaxanthin from microalgae grants numerous benefits including preventing heart diseases as well as lowering the risk for a heart attack.
Astaxanthin and its antioxidant properties help to prevent oxidation, inflammation, immuno suppression, and aging of skin cells when exposed to UV rays.
Astaxanthin is the most powerful natural pigment discovered in the animal kingdom. However, the increase in the usage of this product in diets of salmon, shrimp, ornamental fish and poultry goes beyond the aim of obtaining natural, healthy and intense pigmentation as it is a valuable food supplement, because other than containing astaxanthin it possesses a series of other nutrients such as amino acids, essential fatty acids, other carotenoids, vitamins, polynucleotides, etc. which turns it into more than a pigmentator into a food additive.
Numerous surveys have shown that astaxanthin can be effective in increasing the overall well-being of the human body.
A large intake of carotenoids in ones diet, specifically astaxanthin, is linked with a lower risk for diseases as cataracts as well as macular degeneration associated with age. This is due to the fact that the carotenoids consumed are located in the macula of the eye.
Diverse surveys made on astaxanthin effectiveness on prevention and treatments of cancer (anti-tumor activity) have shown that it has antioxidant properties that protect against metastatic cancer.
Anti- inflammatory properties of astaxanthin are closely related to its antioxidant properties. Users of astaxanthin may prevent back pain and arthritis among others.