It is pronounced as Asta.zan.thin. Astaxanthin nicknamed “King of the Antioxidants”. Asta means crab and Xanthin is closely associated with xanthophyll meaning “yellow leaves” or “blonde edges” which refers to colour and natural source of Astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin is rich in carotenoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A. One study showed Astaxanthin’s superior antioxidant powers known to beat lycopene, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene to the destruction of free radical, peroxyl.
It is found in krill, shrimp, lobsters and salmon, but also in a microalgae called “Haematococcis Pluvalis”. Haematococcis Pluvalis is the most potent source of Astaxanthin, providing 40,000ppm.
Here are some health benefits of Astaxanthin :
- Astaxanthin has a long been taken to improve joint health. A survey of joint pain sufferers found that 88% contributed their reduction of inflammation and pain to daily Astaxanthin.
- Astaxanthin is hugely beneficial to the health of the heart. It changes cardiac chemicals to increase the presence of nitric oxide. This acts favourably on the smooth muscle lining of blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure.
- Astaxanthine has antioxidant powers 11x stronger than beta carotene and 6000x stronger than Vitamin C.
- Astaxanthin is very beneficial to skin health, especially against UV sun exposure. The sun can cause collagen destruction, skin thickening and general dermal damage. Once study found over an 8 week period there was a significant increase in skin elasticity and reduction in presence of crows feet.
We recommend using Astaxanthine as an exercise supplement, a recent study on mice showed increased energy efficiency, which increased endgame and prevented musculoskeletal damage.