There are so many products out there professing to turn back the clock. And, the barrage of supplements you “must” take lest you fall apart is mind boggling. However, for improved collagen and young looking skin, there are not many supplements that compare to red micro algae or “astaxanthin“.
This is a naturally occurring plant called hematococcus pluvialis. It creates a red pigment which turns out to be the most potent of all carotenoids on the planet. It has many effects on the body.
When taken orally, it is one of the most potent antioxidants known to man, without any pro-oxidant state. It is one of the most known potent anti-inflamatory agents that has no negative side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding. It stimulates collagen production in skin and joints.
When used topically, It slows down collagen breakdown and decreases wrinkle formation by its’ prevention of reactive oxygen species (ROS) from damaging the top layer of skin and its’ reduction of inflammation from UVB light.
Astaxanthin is one of the key supplements I recommend to patients in my Chicago area office who either want younger skin, have elevated inflammatory markers, or have known decrease of collagen in their joints.
I also add this ingredient to the natural skin care and sunscreens that my patients buy.
Many of the commercial products on the market that claim to have astaxanthin as an ingredient, have too little to make a real difference.