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Trends Biotechnol. 2003 May;21(5):210-6.

Haematococcus astaxanthin: applications for human health and nutrition.

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Mera Pharmaceuticals Inc., 73-4460 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy, Suite 110, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740, USA.


The carotenoid pigment astaxanthin has important applications in the nutraceutical, cosmetics, food and feed industries. Haematococcus pluvialis is the richest source of natural astaxanthin and is now cultivated at industrial scale. Astaxanthin is a strong coloring agent and a potent antioxidant - its strong antioxidant activity points to its potential to target several health conditions. This article covers the antioxidant, UV-light protection, anti-inflammatory and other properties of astaxanthin and its possible role in many human health problems. The research reviewed supports the assumption that protecting body tissues from oxidative damage with daily ingestion of natural astaxanthin might be a practical and beneficial strategy in health management.

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