New Study Indicates Effectiveness of Astaxanthin

Previous research has documented the effectiveness of BioAstin® Natural Astaxanthin as an internal sun protectant. Recently published research now indicates that Astaxanthin is far superior to other carotenoids in this area. In this study, Astaxanthin was tested against beta carotene and canthaxanthin. The research, which was published in Experimental Dermatology, concluded that Astaxanthin demonstrates “…a superior effect in reducing or abrogating the UVA-induced stress responses” (Camera, 2008).

The PR machine is already in motion: Woman’s World magazine’s November 3 issue includes an article about Astaxanthin’s sun protective properties. The article features a quote about Astaxanthin from James Balch, MD, author of industry leading books such as “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” and “Prescription for Natural Cures.” The article advises: “To keep your skin out of harm’s way, supplement with Astaxanthin…‘The red pigment protects algae from the sun’s rays, and it does the same for skin cells,’ explains James Balch, MD.” The article recommends a 4 mg daily dose and specifically mentions three leading brands of Astaxanthin.

The new study is further evidence that Astaxanthin is the ideal ingredient for internal sun protection and in the emerging category of “Beauty from Within.” Cyanotech pioneered human research in this area, and currently holds a patent* on the use of Astaxanthin titled “Method for retarding and preventing sunburn by UV light” (Lorenz, 2002). For a copy of this study or our patent, or to discuss formulation ideas using Cyanotech’s industry leading BioAstin® brand of Natural Astaxanthin, please contact us at [email protected] or call 808.334.9415.

* Patent #6,433,025

Cyanotech Corporation, a world leader in microalgae technology, produces BioAstin® Natural Astaxanthin and Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica®—all natural, functional nutrients that enhance human health and nutrition. Cyanotech's spirulina, FDA reviewed and accepted as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use as a food ingredient, augments energy and immune response. BioAstin's benefits derive from its superior antioxidant activity and from its ability to support and maintain natural inflammatory response, enhancing skin, muscle and joint health. Cyanotech produces these products from microalgae grown at its 90-acre facility in Hawaii using patented and proprietary technology and distributes them to nutritional supplement, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical makers and marketers in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Cyanotech was the first microalgae company in the world to obtain ISO 9001:2000 certification. Our products are all natural and are pesticide and herbicide free. They are free of genetically modified organisms and are produced in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Processes.

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