Why are flamingos pink?

Astaxanthin is made by algae and is consumed by many aquatic animals.

Why are flamingos pink?

Because they get astaxanthin from the algae in their diet. Flamingo chicks are not born pink, they accumulate astaxanthin from their diet as they grow.

How can salmon swim for miles and jump over 6-foot rapids?

Salmon flesh gets its colour from astaxanthin too. Astaxanthin improves their muscle function, making their exceptional endurance possible.

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, like beta-carotene from carrots and lycopene from tomatoes. The carotenoids in these fruits and vegetables are healthy antioxidants too, but astaxanthin is the strongest antioxidant of them all! Astaxanthin can neutralize oxygen free radicals 4.9 times better than beta-carotene and 1.6x better than lycopene.

Just like flamingos and salmon, humans can’t make astaxanthin. But unlike aquatic animals, humans don’t get enough astaxanthin in their diet. The best source of astaxanthin for humans is a natural astaxanthin oil extracted from an alga called Haematococcus pluvialis. This is a single celled green alga that grows naturally in freshwater all over the world. It thrives in harsh environments exposed to lots of sunlight where most other algae can’t compete, like shallow pools, birdbaths, and rain gutters. This algae is a powerhouse of natural astaxanthin production!

Health Benefits

The health benefits of astaxanthin apply wherever our bodies experience damage from free radicals. Free radicals are a natural by-product of our physiology, and our bodies have natural defences that help clean up free radicals, so they don’t cause harm. The problem is that our natural defences become less efficient as we age and get overwhelmed by an abundance of free radicals that accumulate during exercise, exposure to sunlight, stress or in the presence of environmental pollutants. This is why taking astaxanthin as a dietary antioxidant is so important for muscle endurance, cardiovascular health, skin healthy, eye health, cognitive function, and to fight fatigue. Astaxanthin is the strongest tool in the antioxidant toolkit to help restore our body’s healthy antioxidant balance.

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