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Food source: Green algae, yeast and seafood (trout, shrimp, salmon)

Benefits of Astaxanthin

  • Vision health

What is Astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid. Carotenoids are naturally occurring plant pigments and include Lutein, Astaxanthin, Zeaxanthin and Meso-zeaxanthin, all of which are found in your macular pigment. They are all powerful antioxidants and Astaxanthin has been demonstrated to be exceptionally potent. Antioxidants work neutralise harmful ‘free radicals’ (unstable molecules) that can otherwise damage our bodies. Studies show the antioxidants found in Astaxanthin can help to protect the cells in our eyes from damage caused by our increased exposure to digital screens and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Carotenoids like Astaxanthin are found at the back of the eye where they form our macular pigment, which is crucial for protecting long-term vision from natural and artificial light. 

Digital Eye Strain (DES), also known as 'computer vision syndrome (CVS)' affects over 50% of people including both children and adults. Prolonged use of digital devices is the main cause of DES, causing sore and tired eyes, blurry vision, dry eyes, headaches and even neck and shoulder pain. This increased stress that our digital lives put on our eyes makes carotenoids particularly important.

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