What is astaxanthin?
Brian Balster/Shutterstock You’ve probably heard about the superpowers antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E possess. They help the body detox, slow signs of aging, promote longevity, and reduce risk of cancer among other things. But one powerful natural antioxidant and carotenoid (in the same family as beta carotene, lycopene and lutein), that’s been gaining tons of attention lately is astaxanthin. It’s the stuff that turns salmon and most crustaceans (even flamingos!) a pink or reddish hue; countless studies suggest it offers incredible benefits.
Boost mental and physical energy
PK.Inspiration 06/Shutterstock This is something we all could use some help with, as feelings of mental and physical exhaustion plague most of the U.S. population. “Astaxanthin fights fatigue both from a muscle perspective, as well as mental fatigue,” explains Mark Miller, PhD, biomedical researcher specializing in nutritional supplement and functional food formulation. In fact, research published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, found that it has the power to reduce oxidative stress (aka the imbalance in the body’s levels of free radicals and its ability to detoxify their harmful effects), inflammation, as well boost the immune system.