Astaxanthin, a type of carotenoid, is a strong natural antioxidant. There are three main sources of natural astaxanthin: waste from the aquatic product processing industry (crustaceans such as shrimp and crab), Phaffia rhodozyma, and Haematococcus pluvialis.
What are the healthcare effects of astaxanthin supplements?
1. Protective effect on the eye and central nervous system
Studies have shown that astaxanthin can easily pass through the blood-brain barrier and cell membrane, can effectively prevent retinal oxidation and photoreceptor cell damage, as well as protect the central nervous system, especially the brain.
2. Prevention of cardiovascular disease
Astaxanthin supplements can prevent the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein, thereby preventing the occurrence of atherosclerosis.
3. Anti-ultraviolet radiation
The strong antioxidant properties of astaxanthin may make it a potential photoprotectant, effectively scavenging free radicals that cause skin aging, protecting cell membranes and mitochondrial membranes from oxidative damage, and being used to prevent skin photoaging.