Participants showed improvements in crow’s feet (those wrinkles around your eyes), age spot size, skin elasticity, and skin texture and moisture content after the eight weeks.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 15, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on study that has shown astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant that is part of the carotenoid family, could help protect the skin from signs of aging.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Monday, May 14, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/anti-aging/try-this-antioxidant-to-fight-wrinkles ), the theory is that astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that fights free-radical damage, helping to banish wrinkles and age spots, while making you look younger as you age. Following this same train of thought, Japanese researchers performed two clinical studies.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that one was a study involving 30 healthy female participants that lasted for eight weeks. Significant improvements in skin appearance were observed by combining an oral supplement with a topical application of astaxanthin each day. Participants showed improvements in crow’s feet (those wrinkles around your eyes), age spot size, skin elasticity, and skin texture and moisture content after the eight weeks.
The other study involved 36 healthy male participants for six weeks. The researchers found similar results for the men: crow’s feet wrinkle and skin elasticity improved, along with transepidermal water loss after six milligrams of astaxanthin daily supplementation. Moisture content and sebum oil level at the cheek zone also showed strong improvement. The research team concluded that astaxanthin derived from “Haematococcus pluvialis” (a type of algae particularly rich in the carotenoid) may improve skin condition not only in women, but also in men.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article warns that there are conflicting reports about the safety of supplementing with astaxanthin long-term. There may be interactions with some drugs, as well as side effects (which could include yellow- or orange-colored skin, orange or red feces, unwanted hair growth, lowered calcium levels, decreased libido, and male breast enlargement, according to some sources).
Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant that is part of the carotenoid family. Astaxanthin is made from certain kinds of algae as well as other similar microorganisms. When shrimp or krill feed on algae, they store astaxanthin in their shells. Humans consume astaxanthin when eating some seafood.
(SOURCE: Tominaga, K., et al., "Cosmetic benefits of astaxanthin on human subjects," Acta Biochim. Pol., 2012; 59(1): 43-7.)
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