Top 3 reasons to add astaxanthin to your product formula

Maastricht, 7th June, 2024

Astaxanthin is a powerful red carotenoid antioxidant naturally produced by the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis. It is one of the most potent antioxidants and much stronger than other carotenoids. Therefore, it is a popular choice for inclusion in supplements targeting cellular health and longevity.
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Top 3 benefits of astaxanthin


  1. Astaxanthin decreases oxidative stress

Astaxanthin helps to significantly reduce oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) (1). Its unique molecular structure, which allows it to span across cell membranes, enhances its ability to protect cells from lipid peroxidation and DNA damage. Astaxanthin also boosts the body’s natural antioxidant defenses by upregulating the activity of enzymes, thus providing a comprehensive shield against oxidative damage and supporting overall cellular health (2).


  1. Astaxanthin for Skin Health

Astaxanthin promotes skin health by protecting skin cells from damage and supporting a youthful appearance (3). The skin is exposed to numerous internal and external factors that cause damage, such as sun exposure, pollution, and toxins, which lead to the production of ROS. These ROS can degrade collagen and damage DNA, resulting in sunburn, wrinkles, and age spots. Clinical studies have shown that astaxanthin improves skin appearance by reducing hyperpigmentation, decreasing skin water loss, increasing elasticity, and protecting against UV radiation (4).


  1. Astaxanthin for Eye Health

The eyes are particularly vulnerable to oxidative stress due to their exposure to light, high content of mitochondria, and the metabolic rate of photoreceptors (5) . Oxidative stress is linked to various eye diseases and retinal disorders. Fortunately, astaxanthin crosses the blood-retinal barrier, helping to protect the eyes from oxidative stress and inflammation. Clinical studies have shown that astaxanthin improves blood flow in the eye’s small vessels and reduces eye fatigue and strain from prolonged screen exposure (6).



Astaxanthin’s strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it a valuable addition to any product aimed at cellular, skin, and eye health.