Skin is the first line of defense against the assaults of nature, stress, and time. But it needs nutrients, just as the rest of the body does. One nutrient shown to be particularly exemplary at protecting the skin from within is natural astaxanthin, a powerful carotenoid antioxidant derived from certain algae and causes the pink or red color in salmon, trout, lobster, shrimp, and other seafood. A new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial conducted by the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Research Laboratories in the Research and Development management headquarters of the FUJIFILM Corp. in Japan was recently published in the journal Nutrients. This study provides stronger evidence for the protective role of algal-derived astaxanthin against skin deterioration caused by ultraviolet (UV) light. FUJIFILM’s research group conducted the research using Algatech Ltd.’s natural astaxanthin, already formulated in their branded supplement ASTOTS.
With scientific evidence from human, animal, and cellular models, astaxanthin has been shown to enhance the innate sun protection and reduces UV damage and other insults that cause skin to age. Nature has already tuned into this: fish and birds accumulate astaxanthin from microalgae in order to enhance their protection from oxidative stress and UV radiation. Human skin can benefit as well. In fact, natural astaxanthin from microalgae is what researchers refer to as the ideal “summer supplement.” (more…)