Astaxanthin, known as the King of carotenoids, is a natural wonder and the most potent fat-soluble antioxidant in nature. It is commonly found in fish, shellfish and algae. It is a strong colourant, which gives salmon and flamingos their characteristic colours.
Astaxanthin has more antioxidant power than beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin E, and an impressive 6 000 times more than vitamin C.
What Is Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid and a potent antioxidant, that is created in algae, such as Haemaococcus Pluvialis, Chlorella Zofingiensis, and Chlorococcum. In nature, it is commonly found in salmon, shellfish, and algae.
Due to its fat-soluble properties, astaxanthin can pass the cell membrane. Inside the cell, it can scavenge free radicals, and even work it’s magic in the mitochondria.
EFSA has set the ADI (adequate daily intake) to 8 mg/day. However, getting 8 mg on daily basis through diet can be a challenge. Because of that, supplementing with a high-quality astaxanthin dietary supplement might be beneficial.
Studies also support that it is a safe nutrient. Multiple clinical trials (>25) has proven the safety of astaxanthin in humans, with doses up to 40 mg/day for 8 weeks or 4 mg/day for one year.
DID YOU KNOW
Astaxanthin & DHA
Astaxanthin and high-quality omega-3 fatty acid DHA are used for its nootropic, cognitive enhancing properties.
How Things Goes Bad
Oxidation is a natural process that is responsible for the vast majority of inflammation cases in our bodies. Prolonged inflammation can cause insurmountable damage to our health and well-being.
Specifically, inflammation is responsible for early ageing, brain-related conditions like dementia, eye problems, heart disease, arthritis, and cancers.
Studies have also shown that astaxanthin can fight the adverse effects of smoking. Since it is a very effective antioxidant, astaxanthin can help with these conditions as well as other health-related problems. [1, 3]
How Astaxanthin Works In Algae
The algae produce astaxanthin to protect itself from stressful environmental conditions, such as lack of nutrients, increased salinity, lack of water or excessive sunshine. Astaxanthin enables the algae to preserve its DNA from damage and can stay hibernated for many years if needed. This remarkable ability demonstrates the power astaxanthin possesses. In fact, the antioxidative activity is 500 times stronger than in Vitamin E, 6 000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than Q10 and 550 times stronger than green tea. 
In fish and shellfish, astaxanthin protects the delicate fatty acids from oxidation. Also, it helps the salmon with the endurance they need to swim for 2 000 miles upstream, as well as powering birds incredibly bright sight. 
How Can I Get More Astaxanthin
Our bodies can’t produce astaxanthin on its own, so if you are looking to increase your intake, it has to be through food or dietary supplements. In recent years, the supplement industry has seen astaxanthin growing in popularity and an increase in high-quality products. 
If you are looking to get some more astaxanthin, there are plenty of foods rich in it. Look for salmon, shrimp, lobster, rainbow trout, and other seafood. However, if you’re not a big fan of fish and seafood or if you are vegan, there are plenty of dietary supplements containing astaxanthin.
Since astaxanthin is fat-soluble, it should be taken with fatty foods, or even better, fish oil. If taken with fish oil, it mimics the natural occurrence in fish and seafood better, increasing bioavailability with better absorption as a result. In fact, astaxanthin helps to stabilize DHA and EPA.
Try combining it with vitamin D as well, which is good for immune health and muscle function.
What To Look After In An Astaxanthin Supplement
When we look for dietary supplements, we have three key requirements that need to be fulfilled.
First of all, context is king. Having the nutrient in combination with a good set of other nutrients will increase bioavailability and maximize absorption. This means you will get the most out of the supplement.
Second, and equally important is quality. If context is king, quality is the emperor. We talk a lot about quality, and for a reason. It separates non-working products from products that really do their job. In our article about omega-3’s, we explain this in more detail.
Third, last but not least, right dosage. Just because you buy a supplement, it doesn’t mean you get enough. Many products flash with their vast table of contents, but are they in dose efficient ranges of each? Do your homework properly, to ensure you get what you need to reach your goals. Also, wasting money on products that don’t work will be more expensive in the long run.
If you are interested in a product that ticks all the boxes, have a look at BrightSight. BrightSight is a daily nootropic omega-3 supplement for visual performance and cognitive wellbeing. It contains exclusively high-quality ingredients with three market-leading brands. The astaxanthin in BrightSight is AstaPure® from Algatech with over 20 years experience.
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