Astaxanthin is a member of the carotenoid family of phytonutrients. It is classified as a xanthophyll, which means “yellow leaves”.

Like many carotenoids, it is fat-soluble, however it does not convert to vitamin A (retinol) in the human body.

Astaxanthin shows antioxidant capacity 10 times stronger than other carotenoids and is a natural internal sunscreen that protects skin from sun damage and discoloration.

It can be found in microalgae, yeast, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish and other crustaceans.

HEALING TIP: Because astaxanthin is lipid-soluble, your body will absorb more if you enjoy foods containing astaxanthin with some healthy fat.

Astaxanthin - Found in:

Wild Salmon, Crayfish, Shrimp, Trout, Spirulina,
Guerin M, Huntley ME, Olaizola M. Haematococcus astaxanthin: applications for human health and nutrition. Trends Biotechnol. 2003 May;21(5):210-6.

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