Frequently asked questions
Astaxanthin is a member of the carotenoid family and is one of the most powerful lipophilic antioxidants yet discovered. As an antioxidant, it has been shown to be up to 500 times more powerful than Vitamin E and 10 times more potent than lutein. Research has shown that
Astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain and blood-retinal barriers, meaning that it can positively impact brain, central nervous system and eye health. Additionally,
Astaxanthin has been shown to be more than 100 times more effective than both Beta-Carotene and Lutein in protecting cells from the effects of UV light than both beta-carotene and lutein.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are present in the macula (fovea) of the eye among the rod and cone photoreceptors.
Lutein is relatively abundant in a healthy and balanced diet, while
Zeaxanthin is relatively scarce. Although the body can convert lutein into meso-
Zeaxanthin to assist in the shortfall of dietary
Zeaxanthin, studies suggest that typical US intake levels fall well below what is required for decreased risk of vision degradation and age-related macular degeneration. These studies conclude that supplementation is the preferred method to obtain the optimal levels of