Astaxanthin is the latest discovery in the world of antioxidants. Known to be present in krill oil, today it is used as it is, to make the most of its properties.
Astaxanthin belongs to the carotenoid family, commonly known for its strong antioxidant properties, and extracted from the Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae. One of its characteristics is that it is the only carotenoid that has no pro-oxidative properties. Through a comparison with some of the world’s leading representatives of antioxidants, astaxanthin has an antioxidant power 500 times greater than vitamin E, 560 times greater than green tea, 3000 times greater than resveratrol and 6000 times greater than vitamin C.
The benefits that astaxanthin brings to the body are many. The immune system is strengthened by its contribution to both lymphocytes and phagocytes. The cardiovascular system is supported by the improvement of the lipid pattern (decrease in LDL, increase in HDL) and blood flow. Its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier makes it possible for it to contribute to the brain as well. It acts by increasing blood flow and fighting free radicals, increasing memory, alertness and the ability to concentrate.
The effects of astaxanthin are literally visible by acting directly on the skin. Thanks to its antioxidant power it can revitalize the skin damaged by sun ageing, reduces the size of wrinkles and microtexture and improves elasticity by supporting the effects of collagen.
Not least the effects of astaxanthin in the world of sport. Astaxanthin has been shown to increase muscle strength and tissue repair, decrease lactic acid levels and fatigue, reduce inflammation and increase fat metabolism by improving mitochondrial functions. It is known that, after physical activity, in the muscles there is a high inflammatory state and the presence of ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) that stimulate the release of pro-inflammatory markers. Several studies have shown that the integration of astaxanthin in combination with physical activity, significantly reduces the expression of the CRP pro-inflammatory marker. Further studies, made on professional cyclists to observe the effects on muscle performance, show a significant improvement in it.
Astaxanthin is a real ally of our well-being to be used as a support in sport, a beauty treatment and to combat ageing both inside and outside.