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Astaxanthin: The Sun Protection Supplement

Holiday booked. Sun cream stocked. Swimsuit chosen. But have you taken your astaxanthin?

Of course, you have, it’s one the core ingredients found in each of our Ingenious supplements. 6000 times stronger than vitamin C, and one of the most powerful antioxidants ever discovered, we were always going to put this powerhouse in our supplements.

Why? Our body is under constant attack from free radicals, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – from stress, smoking and pollution. Astaxanthin protects the body while it also acts as a potent anti-inflammatory. It has been shown to have many benefits when taken as a supplement; from skin repair, reducing wrinkles, repairing joints and even boosting brain health. We’re converts.

By the time Summer comes around, oh and hasn’t it just, our favourite anti-oxidant then takes on a whole new sun-protecting guise. Miraculously, astaxanthin has been shown to repair and protect your skin from UV damage at a cellular level too.

Astaxanthin you see is harvested from algae – freshwater microalgae in our Ingenious case – which naturally releases the wonderstuff when exposed to UV rays, it is their own ‘sun-protection’. A carotenoid pigment found in pink aquatic animals, when humans ingest astaxanthin, rather brilliantly our bodies are able to utilise it in the same way, helping us repair and protect against UV rays. Studies also suggest that astaxanthin helps to reduce trans epidermal water loss too, so less dehydration too. Bingo.

Of course, we’re not about to tell you to swap out your sun cream for supplements – wear your SPF, always. But an extra layer of protection is a good to have right? As scientists we’re all about safety first, so this is something we can get on board with.

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