A recent study published in the journal Atherosclerosis (April 2010 issue) suggests that astaxanthin may have positive effects on lipid levels. Until now Astaxanthin has been reported to improve dyslipidemia and metabolic syndrome in animals, but such effects in humans are not well known.
Astaxanthin, a carotenoid, is a lipid-soluble pigment. Astaxanthin is found in microalgae, yeast, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish, crustaceans and the feathers of some birds. Research shows that due to astaxanthin’s potent antioxidant activity, it may be beneficial in cardiovascular, immune, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. Some research has suggested potential as an anti-cancer agent. Research supports the assumption that Astaxanthin protects body tissues from oxidative damage. Continue reading