A member of the carotenoid family, astaxanthin is naturally derived from algae. Due to its red-orange pigment, it gives some birds such as flamingos, fish, crustaceans and other seafood their pinkish color when consumed. Oceanic foods containing this carotenoid include shellfish, krill and salmon.
A Powerful Antioxidant
Astaxanthin contains exceptional antioxidant properties. When consumed, it protects phospholipid cell membranes from damage caused by free radicals. These compounds occur in every day environments in the form of ultraviolet (UV) rays, rancid fats, and pollution, or as by-products in the body from breathing oxygen and digesting food for energy.
By neutralizing free radicals, astaxanthin administers powerful protection for cells. And while it can help the skin block UV rays, it doesn’t prevent UVB rays from converting into the essential nutrient vitamin D.
Health Benefits of Astaxanthin
As an antioxidant, astaxanthin can boost the health of many parts of your body. It has been linked to better health for your heart, brain, vision and skin. Supplements containing this super antioxidant, such as krill oil, demonstrate amplified health-promoting qualities.
Here are some of the ways astaxanthin benefits your whole body:
- Supports cardiovascular health and provides antioxidant support on a cellular level*
- Helps maintain healthy cognition and promotes mental clarity*
- Maintains healthy vision and supports healthy ocular tissue*
- Promotes dermal health and supports the skin’s normal barrier function*
NKO® Premium Krill Oil
Taking astaxanthin alongside healthy fats helps deliver an extra antioxidant punch to free radicals. Most Omega-3 products do not contain astaxanthin. However, NKO® not only provides the super-antioxidant, it contains up to seven times more than other krill oils.
NKO® also includes the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA and DHA in a phospholipid form. Phospholipids are the membrane building blocks of every human cell. Healthy fats, like omega-3s, provide more efficient absorption and utilization of astaxanthin within the body.