Anti-Aging Cos&Beauty

Power of Astaxanthin: Anti-Aging, Whitening, and Sports Nutrition Benefits

Comprehensive Functions and Applications of Astaxanthin

Delaying Aging

As a member of the carotenoid family, astaxanthin possesses inherent antioxidant properties, with an antioxidant capacity over 100 times that of vitamin E, earning it the title of “super antioxidant.” In recent years, astaxanthin has garnered significant attention for its anti-aging properties. Previous research has found that astaxanthin promotes autophagy in multiple organs such as the kidneys, liver, and lungs, thereby slowing down the aging process.

Studies have reported the effects of astaxanthin on human skin, revealing improvements in indicators such as skin wrinkles, age-related pigmentation spots, skin texture, elasticity, and moisture content of the stratum corneum.

TRULA VICT capsule
TRULA VICT capsule

TRULA VICT capsules, with main ingredients including hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, lycopene, hydrolyzed collagen, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc, and plant ceramide, can help delay aging and improve skin elasticity, moisture, and wrinkles.

Whitening and Sun Protection

The strong antioxidant properties of astaxanthin make it a potential photoprotective agent, capable of eliminating free radicals that cause skin aging, protecting cell membranes and mitochondrial membranes from oxidative damage, and preventing photoaging of the skin. Multiple studies confirm that daily supplementation of natural astaxanthin enhances skin protection.

Algatech is currently conducting various studies, including on hairless mice and humans, showing that astaxanthin can reduce damage caused by ultraviolet rays to deep skin layers. Such damage can lead to signs of skin aging, such as dryness, skin sagging, and wrinkles. Currently, the application of astaxanthin in oral beauty products is mainly concentrated in the Japanese market, with claimed functions such as “alleviating the skin’s response to UV stimulation” and “maintaining skin moisture.” With the arrival of summer, using astaxanthin to produce oral beauty products for whitening and sun protection is a promising breakthrough.


Sports Nutrition

The role of astaxanthin in sports nutrition is mainly achieved by enhancing muscle endurance, reducing muscle damage, and improving lipid metabolism. Astaxanthin protects skeletal muscles from oxidative stress during activity, safeguards carnitine palmitoyltransferase I (CPTI, a lipid transfer enzyme) involved in the transport of fatty acids to mitochondria, thereby enhancing fat metabolism, producing more energy, and contributing to increased endurance and fatigue resistance.

Additionally, during exercise or physical activity, the body produces a large amount of reactive oxygen species (ROS). If these ROS are not promptly cleared, they can damage muscles and affect physical recovery. The robust antioxidant function of astaxanthin can timely eliminate ROS, facilitating faster repair of damaged muscles.

Power Production
Power Production

Glico Sports Supplement, with main ingredients including astaxanthin, iron, and coenzyme Q10.

Innovations in Astaxanthin Research and Development

As a less abundant lipid-soluble component, improving the bioavailability of astaxanthin to enable its use in various forms and continuously increasing production is a key focus of industry innovation.

Cold-water Dispersible Microencapsulated Astaxanthin

The producer of Icelandic astaxanthin, Algalif, and vitamin manufacturer Divi’s Nutraceuticals have collaborated to introduce high-concentration astaxanthin beads. These beads microencapsulate the active ingredient in a matrix, coated with starch to ensure excellent stability and bioavailability. AstaBead, derived from natural microalgae, has two formulations: 1) suitable for direct tablet production, non-oil-extruding, non-discoloring, also applicable for hard gel capsules and nutrition bars; 2) rapidly dispersible astaxanthin for fortifying powdered beverages.

Lycored also expands its natural astaxanthin product using microencapsulated starch beads, which are cold-water dispersible microencapsulated solutions suitable for beverages and dry mixes.

Solabia-Algatech Nutrition, based in Israel, introduces a microencapsulated powder containing 2.5% AstaPure natural astaxanthin, suitable for instant supplement foods and beverages. Extracted from Haematococcus pluvialis, the powder disperses completely in cold water within seconds, with a neutral flavor suitable for various applications such as premixes, sports drinks, and smoothies. The company employs a very gentle patented microencapsulation technology to manufacture AstaPure, overcoming stability issues by protecting astaxanthin from sunlight and oxygen exposure.

New Sources of Astaxanthin

NextFerm Technologies, an Israeli biotech startup, has developed a fermented astaxanthin. This novel astaxanthin reportedly has a slightly different microstructure than algae-derived astaxanthin, allowing for rapid and efficient absorption, increased bioavailability, and four times the efficacy of astaxanthin from other sources.


Scaling up Astaxanthin Production

BGG World (BGG) and its subsidiary Algae Health Sciences (AHS) are expanding the production capacity of their 100% glass tube photobioreactor microalgae farm for AstaZine natural astaxanthin. This expansion addresses the increasing global demand for astaxanthin and the growing usage of the AstaZine brand worldwide.



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  2. Tominaga K, Hongo N, Karato M, et al. Cosmetic Benefits of Astaxanthin on Human Subjects [J]. Acta Biochim Pol, 2012, 59(1):43-47.

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