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Molecular formula: C40H52O4
Molecular weight : 596.85
C.A.S number : 472-61-7
Melting point: 215-216°C
Solubility: Insoluble in water,soluble in many of organic solvents
Astaxanthin is produced by microscopic small plants: the micro-alga Haematococcus pluvialis. Haematococcus algae can contain up to 30 g of astaxanthin per kg dried algae. These micro-alga are eaten by marine animals including fish, crawfish, crabs and lobster. The Astaxanthin is responsible for the red colour of these animals. Another commercial source is from the ink coloured yeast Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous.
Natural astaxanthin is typically found in a range of marine life, specifically the red and pink coloured kind like salmon, lobsters, flamingos, and krill. These marine creatures all feed on algae that produces astaxanthin, making them pink. When stressed, this algae goes into survival mode, excreting astaxanthin to act as a ‘force field’ around it. The astaxanthin protects the algae from changes in its environment such as ultra-violet light, a lack of nutrition or a change in temperature. Natural astaxanthin allows these algae to live for over 40 years with no food or water in harsh environments.
Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant with antiproliferative, neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory activity. Astaxanthin protects against oxidative stress, inhibiting NF-KB, suppressing pro-inflammatory genes and suppressing production of pro-inflammatory compounds nitric oxide, prostaglandin E2, TNF-α, and interleukin-1β. Astaxanthin′s protection of cells from oxidative stress generated by TNF-α and palmitate has been shown to ameliorate insulin resistance. Astaxanthin has also been shown to be an inhibitor of PPARγ.
Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant. Research suggests it may play a beneficial role in cardiovascular, immune, eye, and nervous system health. Astaxanthin helps protects body tissues from oxidative damage.
For its high-performance antioxygenic property, it can protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation damage and effectively reduce melanin deposition and the formation of freckles to keep skin healthy. At the same time, as an ideal natural coloring agent for the lipstick can enhance the radiant, and to prevent the ultraviolet injury, without any stimulation, safe.
1.Eye and central nervous system protection;
3.Prevention of cardiovascular disease;
4.Enhance body immunity;
5.Relieve sports fatigue and enhance energy metabolism;
6.Anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties;
7.Inhibition of tumor;
8.Inhibits diabetic nephropathy.
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