ASTAXANTHIN – NATURE’S RED GIFT FOR SKIN FROM THE DEEP BLUE
The oceans and waterways of the world have provided us with a wonderful array of medicinal foods and nutrients. Fish oil from wild caught salmon and sardines. Spirulina grown in lakes of Hawaii and the African nation of Chad and the Iodine and Trace Element-rich Kelp and other Seaweeds. We can now add another to this ever growing list – Astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant sourced from a special source of ocean algae known as Haematococcus pluvialis. This particular type of algae is also a food source for Krill, which is the source of the very popular Krill Oil. From this algae, a beautiful red pigment is extracted, which is the Astaxanthin.
Natural Health proponents such as Dr Mehmet Oz and Dr Joseph Marcela have been sprouting about the health benefits of this beneficial red antioxidant from the deep blue (1). The antioxidant properties of Astaxanthin have been shown in clinical trials to improve the following four area:
1) Dryness reduction
2) Skin Hydration (Moisture Content)
3) Reduction of Fine Lines & Wrinkles
4) Skin Elasticity
In all of these conditions, results were seen after 6 weeks (2). It has been suggested that the action of Astaxanthin on improving such areas of the skin is due to the antioxidant exerting its effects on the proteins within our skin known as Collagen.
Collagen – our skin’s “scaffolding”.
Think of the collagen structures within our skin as the “scaffolding” that literally holds our skin up! If we don’t maintain this “scaffold”, it may start to lose its tensile strength and the skin will eventually suffer with a loss of moisture, leading to loss of elasticity and an increasing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Therefore, consider Astaxanthin as your maintenance to keep your skin “scaffolding” strong and moist!
What else can Astaxanthin do?
Keeping on the skin theme, Astaxanthin’s antioxidant properties have also been shown to protect your skin against UV radiation for sunlight. So keep it in mind during long days out in the sun, for additional protection with your sunscreen.
It has also been shown to support healthy eye function and assisting with visual fatigue and eye strain. Plus it’s also valuable for supporting healthy immune function.
Ideally, you can combine the use of Astaxanthin with one of your favourite skin moisturising creams for an all-round support in improving skin moisture content and reducing skin dryness
(2) Yamashita, E. (2006), ‘The Effects of a Dietary Supplement Containing; Astaxanthin on Skin Condition’, Japanese Society for Carotenoid Research, Volume 10.