AGE-DEFYING ASTAXANTHIN

If youthful skin is what you want, then astaxanthin is what you need.

DECEMBER 20, 2019    |    IN HEALTH    |    BY THE ONZEN TEAM

Wrinkles, saggy skin, dullness, dark spots… unfortunately, time takes its toll on our body and one of the most obvious places this shows is on our skin. You can slap on the creams and serums but ageing comes from within. If you’re not taking care of your body from the inside, eventually even after all the expensive skincare, there’s no way to hide the tell-tale signs.

Which is why it is important to look at the effects of ageing from within and what you can do to resolve this. At the root of ageing is free radicals. Day to day, we are exposed to free radicals produced by external sources like pollution and UV rays as well as our lifestyle such as smoking, stress and late nights.

Free radicals are highly reactive unstable molecules that seek out other electrons to be a pair, causing damage to cells, proteins and DNA. Put simply, they are a waste product of various chemical reactions in your body that when accumulated will cause oxidative stress, contributing to your body ageing on top of other various inflammatory diseases and harm.

The one thing your body really needs to work against oxidative stress is antioxidant. Think of it as the antidote to free radicals as these molecules seek and help neutralise free radicals. Which is why you often hear of how antioxidants are good for anti-ageing.

The food you eat is one of your main sources of natural antioxidants. Ever heard of the advice to always eat brightly coloured fruits and vegetables for good health? That’s because this bright colour comes from compounds called carotenoids, which is a group of super powerful antioxidant.

And it’s not just fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and carrots; seafood is also a good source of carotenoids like salmon (which explains the pinkish colour) and shrimp. Here’s an interesting fact: Because flamingos consume shrimp, the astaxanthin from the shrimp is transferred to the bird, turning their naturally pale grey feathers pink. Hence the saying, you are what you eat!

Not all antioxidants are created equal so if you’re after some serious anti-ageing effects, what to eat? The answer: One from the carotenoid family, like astaxanthin. This antioxidant has been the buzzword of late, thanks to its many health benefits – and yes, this includes anti-ageing. In terms of antioxidant benefits, astaxanthin is 40 times more powerful than beta-carotene, 6,000 times more effective against free radical then vitamin C, 1,000 times greater than CoQ10, and 550 times more active than vitamin E and green tea. Which means when it comes to healthy skin, astaxanthin works even better than vitamin E, which is known all along as the thing for youthful skin.

With astaxanthin in your corner, skin is better protected through all its layers from free radical damage. It also protects skin from UV-ray damages, the number one culprit for premature ageing. Interestingly, Fujifilm pioneered the development of astaxanthin as a cosmetic ingredient. Inspired by its years of research that showed antioxidants like astaxanthin can help preserve collagen in high-quality photographic film, the Japanese firm decided to focus on astaxanthin for its cosmetics research. Its study suggested that astaxanthin can significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots while improving skin texture and moisture content.

And it’s not just skin we are talking about. Astaxanthin helps prevent all forms of early ageing in your body like brain-related conditions, eye problems, heart disease, arthritis and some cancers. Essentially, astaxanthin protects against age-related degeneration – skin, body and all.

Remember those flamingos you read about earlier and how eating shrimp gives them a dose of astaxanthin? Guess what – you can do the same! But you’ll have to eat copious amount of shrimp to get what you need, which won’t be great for your health. An alternative instead that’s easily available and affordable: Astaxanthin-enriched eggs, like OnZen Eggs. To ensure the health of our hens so that they can produce quality eggs while in prime health, we feed our hens a natural source of astaxanthin – algae, which is also the same thing shrimp and salmon eat to get their source of astaxanthin. This way, our hens get a boost of carotenoids and live healthier and happier, which will result in them laying good quality eggs.

And these are the eggs you will consume to also get the goodness of astaxanthin. The evidence is in the yolk – our eggs have a rich reddish yolk which is the expressed astaxanthin from our hens. Consume this and you’ll be giving yourself a boost of super antioxidant power to help keep your skin – and body – youthful and full of vitality.

Plus, because eggs are so versatile and easy to consume, you can make it part of your meal intake every day. And no, you don’t have to worry about high cholesterol as studies have shown that eggs don’t cause your cholesterol level to spike. So eat an OnZen Egg every day to look and feel young!