Over time, signs of aging appear on the skin and body. One of the most effective ways to combat this aging is through the use of a good antioxidant such as astaxanthin.
This name may seem unknown to us and makes us think of some chemical component, but really astaxanthin is a natural pigment derived from the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis. This pigment, belonging to the carotenoid family, is present in a great variety of living organisms to which it contributes its reddish color, such as blueberries or prawns.
Astaxanthin is one of the most effective natural antioxidants when it comes to fighting the signs of aging, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties.
Its advantage lies in its wide capacity to protect the different layers of the skin, doing so from the inside out by crossing the lipid bilayer of the cell membrane. In addition, according to scientific publications such as PubMed (1), it is the most powerful antioxidant in scavenging free radicals, being up to 65 times more powerful than vitamin C.
What are the main benefits of astaxanthin?
In addition to slowing down aging and being a good anti-inflammatory, properties that we have already mentioned, astaxanthin also improves the elasticity of the skin, making its collagen layer stronger.
It has also been shown to have an energizing effect, improving physical condition and providing greater resistance to physical activity; in addition to exerting positive effects on the state of neurons, delaying their deterioration.
On the other hand, as stated in this publication by Dr. James Vallejo Quintero M.D – ISOHH Biological Medicine – Baden Baden, it is very effective when it comes to protecting eye diseases, as it is a carotenoid; acting as an effective filter against sunlight, macular degeneration and cataracts.
Another use of astaxanthin is as a treatment for androgenic alopecia, by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which causes this type of alopecia.
What are its most frequent applications?
In addition to being present in the foods to which we have already referred, astaxanthin is usually presented as oral supplementation or as a topical application treatment.
In FarmaQuímica Sur we treat astaxanthin making the most of its properties, and rigorously following quality standards.
(1) Igielska-Kalwat J, Gościańska J, Nowak I. Karotenoidy jako naturalne antyoksydanty [Carotenoids as natural antioxidants]. Postepy Hig Med Dosw (Online). 2015 Apr 7;69:418-28. Polish. doi: 10.5604/17322693.1148335. PMID: 25897101.