Astaxanthin - How can it benefit you?

OCTOBER 28, 2018    |    IN HEALTH    |    BY THE ONZEN TEAM

OnZen eggs contain the narutally-derived Astaxanthin and carotenoids mixture (Adnirubin and Canthaxanthin) from a feed additive, made from the microorganism Paracoccus arotinifaciens which is one of the many components in the start of the food chain in the aquatic environment. Our source of Astaxanthin is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and authorised in Europe and Canada.



What is Astaxanthin?


It is a red-orange carotenoid pigment found in microalgae and is also responsible for the red-pink hues seen in marine life such as salmon, lobsters and shrimps. Carotenoids are known to offer a wealth of benefit for health and beauty, but one particular type of carotenoid, Astaxanthin, sometimes called 'King of Carotenoids' stands out.

A 2007 study has shown that Astaxanthin as an antioxidant, is up to 6,000 times more effective than Vitamin C, 550 times more effective than vitamin E and 11 times more effective than beta-carotene (Vitamin A)(1).

How can Astaxanthin benefit you? Multiple studies have shown that there are numerous benefits in consuming this antioxidant-rich powerhouse including improving eye health, boost in immune system, cognitive function, cardiovascular health, skin protection, fertility and more.



1) Eye Health


A number of studies have been carried out to show the benefits of astaxanthin to help with vision and reduce eye problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts typically associated with ageing. In 2009, Japanese researchers found that astaxanthin improved the symptoms related to presbyopia in middle-aged and older people with complaints of eye strain (2). A study in 2014 comprising of 48 adults with eye strain found that consuming supplements containing several nutrients, including astaxanthin helped reduce symptoms of eye fatigue (3).



2) Immune System


Astaxanthin is shown to be beneficial for immune function. A study in 2010 led by researchers in Washington State University found that astaxanthin can help improve immune system function in healthy young women (4).



3) Congnitive Function


Some research suggests the positive effects of Astaxanthin on cognitive function and brain health such as the 2011 study where researchers hypothesised that astaxanthins supplementation prevents the accumulation of phospholipid hydroperoxide (PLOOH) which accumulates abnormally in dementia patients (5).



4) Cardiovascular Health


Astaxanthin might just be the answer to supporting cardiovascular health. Research has shown that astaxanthin can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, improve lipid profiles, and promote better blood flow (6-9).



5) Skin Protection


A number of skincare range have appeared in the market to offer Astaxanthin as an ingredient in its products to help protect skin against oxidation and free radicals, block harmful UV rays and skin regeneration. Research has shown that users reported improved skin elasticity and decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after using the products topically and consuming the supplements (10-11). A 2006 study with 49 healthy women with an average age of 47 showed that 50% who consumed natural Astaxanthin found improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity and dryness (12).



6) Fertility


One study indicates that men facing infertility showed positive effects of Astaxanthin on sperm parameters and fertility while another study suggests that low sperm quality of obese men may be improved with a cocktail of antioxidants that includes Astaxanthin. More studies on a greater number of men are needed in this area (31).

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References

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  3. Kono K. et al, "Effect of Multiple Dietary Supplement Containing Lutein, Astaxanthin, Cyanidin-3-Glucoside, and DHA on Accommodative Ability." Current Medicinal Chemistry, August 2014.
  4. Park et al, "Astaxanthin decreased oxidative stress and inflammation and enhanced immune response in humans." Nutrition & Metabolism 2010, 7:18
  5. Nakagawa K et al, "Antioxidant effects of astaxanthin on phospholipid peroxidation in human erythrocytes." Br J Nutr. 2011;105:1563-71
  6. Kim YK et al, "The effects of astaxanthin on lipid profiles and oxidative stress in overweight subjects." Nutrutional Sciences, vol. 7, no. 1 (1 January 2004): 41-46
  7. Choi HD et al, "Positive effects of astaxanthin on lipid profiles and oxidative stress in overweight subjects." Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, vol. 66, no. 4 (November 2011): 363-369
  8. Iwabayashi M et al. (2009), "Efficacy and safety of eight-week treatment with astaxanthin in individuals screened for increased oxidative stress burden." Anti-Aging Medicine, vol. 6, no.4 (January 2009): 15-21
  9. Chew W et al. "Astaxanthin decreases inflammatory biomarkers associated with cardiovascular disease in human umbilical vein endothelial cells." American Journal of Advanced Food Science and Technology, vol. 1 (January 2013): 1-17
  10. Tominaga et al. "Cosmetic benefits of astaxanthin on human subjects." ACTA Biochimica Polonica Vol. 59, No 1/2012, 43-47
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  13. Khaled Gadallah, Abeel A M. "Role of Antioxidants in the Treatment of Male infertility." Surg Med Open Acc J. 1(2).SMOAJ.000507.2018