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Astaxanthin Molecule


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Astaxanthin is one of the many cancer-protective carotenoids found in orange and red fruits and vegetables and in dark leafy greens. It is added to the feed of farmed salmon to make the fish flesh pink or red and occurs naturally in the diets of wild salmon, as well as trout, red sea bream and shrimp.

Some studies have suggested that astaxanthin benefits fish and shellfish in several ways, including protection against oxidation of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, protection against the effects of ultra violet light, enhanced immune response and improved reproduction.

Unique aspects of the astaxanthin structure appear to allow it to pass the "blood brain barrier", meaning it can deliver antioxidant activity benefits directly to the brain, eyes and nervous system.

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