5 Reasons You Should Boost Your Astaxanthin Intake
Credited for being the most powerful of all antioxidants, astaxanthin (pronounced “asta-ZAN-thin”) plays a significant role in promoting human health and protecting against various diseases, according to increasing scientific evidence.
Abundant in certain aquatic life, such as sockeye salmon, red trout, algae, shrimp and crabs, astaxanthin is the pigment that creates their pinkish-red tone.
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Top 5 Astaxanthin Benefits
Here are five reasons why you should consider including this “miracle” antioxidant workhorse to your diet:
1. Better Skin
In a study in which subjects both took it orally and applied it topically, astaxanthin helped to promote smoothness, even out wrinkles, shrink age spots and retain moisture. Discover more about the skin health-boosting properties of astaxanthin, as well as other top skin protecting nutrients in our article The 10 Best Nutrients For Skin Health, Inside and Out.
2. Fight Cancer
Many studies have linked astaxanthin as beneficial against cancer. In one study, it helped prevent the spread of breast cancer cells and skin cancer cells. Other evidence supports that it encourages a process called apoptosis — cell death — of both oral and liver cancer cells. Asaxanthin also helps alleviate oxidative stress, a process which promotes the growth of certain types of cancers.
3. Reduce The Inflammatory Response
Inflammation is known to be a contributor to many diseases and chronic conditions, such as osteoarthritis (OA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), carpal tunnel syndrome, and even acne. With it’s natural powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving abilities, astaxanthin can provide relief without the side affects common in some over-the-counter and prescription medications.
4. Protect Against Sun Damage
In nature, astaxanthin protects salmon eggs from dangerous UV rays. Taken orally, it can act as a natural sunscreen, and reduce damage caused by the UV radiation. For more foods that can function as natural suncreen, check out our article 6 Foods That Boost Skin’s Natural “Sun Block”.
5. Support Brain Health
Astaxanthin is one of few antioxidants that cross the blood-brain barrier, bringing its benefits into brain tissue. Studies have linked it to reducing the risk for stroke and in improving motor activity following a stroke.
Scientists are just beginning to understand the many ways in which consuming more astaxanthin can promote human health, but findings are promising. Include it in your diet both by eating pink seafood and by taking it in supplement form. If you are currently taking prescription medications, check with your doctor before adding it to your regime.
Debbie Swanson is a freelance writer, published in numerous national and local outlets. An avid vegetarian, animal lover and reader, she loves learning about healthy eating and finding natural cures for everyday ailments.