Astaxanthin is a type of carotenoid found in seafoods like shrimps, lobsters, crab algae and salmon. It is naturally found in these animals as reddish pigment. It is believed to be the “king of carotenoids” as it imparts the flesh of these sea foods pink. Astaxanthin provides endurance to these sea animals to make them able to swim upstream. Astaxanthin is found to be a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits unlike other antioxidants like vitamin E, C, D, selenium, beta carotene, etc. Astaxanthin has a good property of not becoming a pre-oxidant in the body like other antioxidants. Following are the reasons why astxanthin should be taken in diet:

       1. Astaxanthin relieves inflammation and pain

Astaxanthin is such a chemical pigment that acts as a pain reliever as well as anti-inflammatory. It blocks certain chemicals in our body that cause pain to the body. Many compounds drive certain chronic diseases in the body; Astaxanthin has the ability to reduce inflammatory compounds. Astaxanthin has the ability to block COX2 enzymes, acting as a drug to cure osteoarthritis, monthly dismenorrhea and acute pain.

       2.  Astaxanthin improves endurance

Astaxanthin acts as a medicine to recover from fatigue. Since astaxanthin is naturally available in salmon and it helps it to swim upstream providing endurance, similarly it helps athletes to improve their endurance as well. It is indicated to improve energy levels in body and increase strength.

     3.  Astaxanthin possesses property to clean cells

Because of its antioxidant property, Astaxanthin has a class of its own. Its lipophilic and hydrophilic properties expand the entire cell. One end of the astaxanthin molecule protects the fat-soluble part of the cell and the other end protects the water-soluble part of the cell as if it gives the cell a body hug.

     4.  Astaxanthin cures eye problems

Eye problems like age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are cured by Astaxanthin. It improves problems in the center of the eyes when used in combination with lutein, vitamin E, vitamin C, copper. But it does not improve the outer areas of the eyes.

      5.  Astaxanthin reduces high cholesterol

Astaxanthin has the property t reduce cholesterol levels in people suffering from high levels. It reduces triglyceride and simultaneously increases lipoprotein in people with high levels of cholesterol. Researchers have found that if Astaxanthin is consumed in combination with berebrine, red yeast rice and folic acid, it shown results to reduce total cholesterol in the body.

      6.  Astaxanthin improves sexual problems

Astaxanthin has proven to improve fertility problems of both men and women to a great extent. If Astaxanthin is taken by men in the form of AstaCorex, AstaREAL AB, it has proven to increase the fertility of men. Menopausal symptoms in women are stopped by Astaxanthin if it is used in combination with lycopene, citrus bioflavonoid, vitamin D3, it is found to reduce menopausal problems in women like bladder control, moodiness, and joint pain.

Thus Astaxanthin is a medical chemical that should be used in our diets to cure ourselves against various problems as is has antioxidant ability which is most important aspect of it apart from other medicinal properties.