Recent research has shown that two nutrients derived from algae may help reverse the external signs of aging and improve skin appearance from the inside out. These powerful nutrients are known as Astaxanthin and Spirulina.
Astaxanthin and Skin Health
Many health experts support taking Astaxanthin, which Nutrex Hawaii grows in the United States. Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a dermatologist and New York Times best-selling author, calls Astaxanthin a “superstar supplement” because “it provides wrinkle reduction” by reducing hyperpigmentation (better known as age spots)” when taken.
In a groundbreaking study conducted by Dr. Lorenz , researchers found that after two weeks of the subjects taking only a standard dose of 4 mg per day of Hawaiian Astaxanthin, there was a statistically significant increase in the amount of time necessary for UV radiation to redden the skin. This result is particularly promising because Astaxanthin has a cumulative effect in the body—it builds up in the organs over time. Two weeks is a relatively short time for the Astaxanthin to concentrate in the body’s largest organ, the skin. And, another study published in in the Journal of Dermatological Science, tested Astaxanthin to examine its ability to support skin during sun exposure.
In 2006, a landmark US-based human clinical study appeared in the journal “Carotenoid Research.” This placebo-controlled study included 49 healthy women, with an average age of 47. Twenty-one subjects were giv¬en placebo pills, while 28 supplemented with 4 mg per day of Natural Astaxanthin. In the self-assessment (questionnaire), over 50% of the subjects taking Natural Astaxanthin rated improvements in all areas and dermatologist assessment found improvements in all areas tested: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Elasticity and Dryness.
Skin pigmentation, such as suntan, stains, and freckles, is caused by excessive uneven production of melanin, which is synthesized by melanocytes due to such factors as UV rays. A study that looked at Astaxanthin on melanogensis found that melanin was reduced by 40 percent and that Astaxanthin’s action was stronger than that of arbutin, kojic acid and ascorbic acid derivatives.
Moreover, it’s not just medical doctors and researchers who are raving about Natural Astaxanthin’s skin health benefits. A 2011 story in the popular UK newspaper The Daily Mail reported that Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and super model Heidi Klum are both using a brand of Hawaiian Astax-anthin called “Royal Green” to help their skin.
Most experts recommend taking 4 to 12 mg of Natural Astaxanthin daily.
Though they serve many purposes related to human health, Spirulina and Astaxanthin are two highly effective algae derivative supplements great for achieving healthy and younger looking skin. They should be taken by anyone looking to improve not only the appearance of their skin, but also just about every single organ and bodily function as well.