The secret to great skin could be found in . . . algae? Yes. Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant that is found in certain marine plants and animals, including microalgae, yeast, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish, and crustaceans, is proving to be extremely beneficial to the skin.
How does it work? Astaxanthin’s unique molecular structure makes it an extremely potent antioxidant that naturally reduces free radicals in the body. Similar in structure to beta-carotene (a red-orange pigment widely recognized for its presence in carrots), astaxanthin has approximately 10 times more antioxidant strength than other carotenoids tested (zeaxanthin, lutein, tunaxanthin, canthaxanthin, beta-carotene), and 100 times more than that of vitamin E.
Astaxanthin protects skin cells from harmful oxidation that damages cells and leads to aging skin. In fact, it significantly reduces the oxidative load in the body by scavenging the body for lipids and free radicals, effectively breaking peroxide chain reactions, and protecting the cells against oxidation. It is also very effective at reducing singlet oxygen, which is linked to LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and negative cardiovascular effects.
In addition to being a proven skin enhancer, astaxanthin has also been found to benefit a number of bodily functions, including eye, heart, and cellular heath, as well as boosting the body's immune system. Below we explain some of the myriad skin benefits of this potent antioxidant.
Astaxanthin has been shown in clinical studies to dramatically slow the aging process; increase skin moisture, moisture retention, and elasticity, as well as promote skin smoothness by decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, skin loses its elasticity and becomes less supple. To top it off, the skin’s production of oil decreases, which often results in extra-dry, dull skin for some. All of these factors sap skin’s glow and vibrancy. Astaxanthin delays this decline in skin vibrancy, and improves its condition.
Protects from UV-Induced Damage
Astaxanthin has incredible UV-blocking properties, and works as an internal sunscreen to protect from sun-related skin damage and burns. Though it cannot replace your daily SPF, it can radically reduce your risk of developing sun spots, severe sunburn, and related skin damage when applied daily.
Increases Blood Flow
Astaxanthin increases blood flow, which will help improve skin’s circulation. There are many benefits of increased circulation, including accelerated cell turnover, greater elasticity, and enhanced water retention.
Clinical studies from around the world have pointed to astaxanthin as the most powerful anti-aging antioxidant in the world; its list of benefits for the skin and body could fill a book. Astaxanthin can be taken in supplement form or found in certain foods. However you consume it, don’t wait to try out this potentially game-changing antioxidant.
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