About Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin – The king of carotenoids

Astaxanthin is a reddish pigment that belongs to a group of chemicals called carotenoids. In nature, astaxathin is found in algae and it is what gives salmons, lobsters and shrimps as well as flamingos their red color. Researchers argue, that astaxanthin is the main reason that salmons have the strength and endurance to swim up rivers and waterfalls for days.

In many different comparative antioxidant studies, it has consistently proven to be very strong natural antioxidant.

Comparison of antioxidant capacity

ORAC* - Oxygen radical absorbance capacity is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities in biological samples.

Proven benefits of astaxanthin use

Astaxanthin use is supported by hundreds of peer-reviewed papers published in leading medical research journals. More than 40 human clinical trials state the safety and efficacy of astaxanthin.

Natural versus synthetic astaxanthin

A major difference is that natural astaxanthin accumulates in living microalgae as compared to synthetic astaxanthin which is manufactured in a laboratory from petrochemicals or petrochemical derivatives.

The primary concern with the synthetic astaxanthin is that it has never been tested for safety in human use, nor any of above stated health benefits have been proved by synthetic astaxanthin. However, study performed by Capelli, et al in 2013 (Capelli, B., Bagchi, D., Cysewski, G.R. (2013) Synthetic astaxanthin is significantly inferior to algal-based astaxanthin as an antioxidant and may not be suitable as a human nutraceutical supplement. Nutrafoods, 12: 145. doi:10.1007/s13749-013-0051-5), has told natural astaxanthin to be 20 to over 50 times stronger than synthetic astaxanthin.

Side effects

Studies have stated a very low rate of minor side effects such as reduction of calcium levels, decreased blood pressure, increased hair growth and skin pigmentation. Studies don´t state any dangerous side effects associated with the use of astaxanthin. Possible side effects should recede quickly, so there should be no reason for concern.

Especially pregnant and breastfeeding women, children and people suffering from serious or chronic deseases, or people using medicines should consult the use of astaxanthin with their doctor before start of their cure.

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BONALOKA - VyužitíDietary supplements

The primary use of astaxanthin for humans is as a dietary supplement for its antioxidant activity. Astaxanthin is frequently consumed in form of capsules or tablets, but may also be found in the liquid form and used for preparation of drinks and meals.

BONALOKA - VyužitíFood processing industry

Astaxanthin can be added into some foods and drinks (like e.g. some vitamins) to get so called superfoods, with their beneficial effect on a human body.

BONALOKA - VyužitíPet food supplements

Astaxanthin is also used as an ingredient in pet food. It is great for dogs, cats and horses as well as fish. Astaxanthin gives salmons, lobsters, shrimps and flamingos their characteristic color.

BONALOKA - VyužitíCosmetics

Thanks to its proven anti-aging and repairing effects on human skin, astaxanthin is also widely used as an ingredient in cosmetic products of some of the world’s leading beauty brands.

Published studies of astaxanthin - for professionals

Effect of Astaxanthin on Cycling Time Trial Performance

Positive Effects of Astaxanthin on Lipid Profiles and Oxidative Stress in Overweight Subjects

Effect of carotenoids on in vitro immunoglobulin production by human peripheral blood mononuclear cells: astaxanthin, a carotenoid without vitamin A activity, enhances in vitro immunoglobulin production in response to a T-dependent stimulant and antigen.

Effects of astaxanthin on accommodation, critical flicker fusion, and pattern visual evoked potential in visual display terminal workers

Antioxidant effect of astaxanthin on phospholipid peroxidation in human erythrocytes

Effects of astaxanthin-rich Haematococcus pluvialis extract on cognitive function: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study

Astaxanthin ameliorates cartilage damage in experimental osteoarthritis

Combined conventional/antioxidant "Astaxanthin" treatment for male infertility: a double blind, randomized trial

Astaxanthin protects mitochondrial redox state and functional integrity against oxidative stress

Astaxanthin-Rich Algal Meal and Vitamin C Inhibit Helicobacter pylori Infection in BALB/cA Mice

Astaxanthin decreased oxidative stress and inflammation and enhanced immune response in humans

Protective effect of astaxanthin on liver fibrosis through modulation of TGF-β1 expression and autophagy

Antiaging effects of astaxanthin-rich alga Haematococcus pluvialis on fruit flies under oxidative stress

Effects of astaxanthin on oxidative stress in overweight and obese adults.

Efficacy of Astaxanthin for the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis in a Murine Model

Synthetic astaxanthin is significantly inferior to algal-based astaxanthin as an antioxidant and may not be suitable as a human nutraceutical supplement

AGEOFF Astaxanthin wrinkle reduction study

Antioxidants from plants protect against skin photoaging

Astaxanthin and skin health

Astaxanthin uptake in domestic dogs and cats

Beta carotene - an essential nutrient for horses

Cosmetic benefits of astaxanthin on humans subjects

Effect of astaxanthin on cutaneous wound healing

Effects os astaxanthin and L-carnitine supplement on muscle damage and incidence of equine tying-up syndrome

Effects of astaxanthin from Haematococcus pluvialis on human skin

Efficacy of astaxanthin for the treatment of atopic dermatosis

Modulatory effects of an algal extract containing astaxanthin on UVA-irradiated cells in culture

Protective effects of astaxanthin on skin deterioration

Supplementating with dietary astaxanthin combined with collagen hydrolysate

The effectiveness of astaxanthin cream compared vith vitamin E

Fate of carotenoid-producing Bacillus aquimaris SH6 colour spores in shrimp gut and their dose-dependent probiotic activities

Astaxanthin Prevents Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease by Modulating Mouse Gut Microbiota

Carotenoid supplementation and retinoic acid in immunoglobulin A regulation of the gut microbiota dysbiosis

Physicochemical Properties and Cellular Uptake of Astaxanthin-Loaded Emulsions

Astaxanthin - The King of Antioxidants

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