(NaturalHealth365) In groundbreaking human clinical work for which a patent was awarded, BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin has been shown – at an independent consumer research laboratory – to provide protection against the UV rays of the sun.
After two weeks supplementing with only 4 mg of BioAstin per day, 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. Yet this study proved that in just two weeks natural Astaxanthin was already working as an internal sunscreen (Lorenz, T, 2002).
How to improve your skin health and appearance from the Inside out
The UV protective effect of Astaxanthin is only one aspect of Astaxanthin’s benefits for the skin. Taken internally, Astaxanthin can produce noticeable improvements to skin health and appearance externally. A clinical study in the Unites States, again at only 4 mg per day usage, demonstrated noticeable improvements in three important areas of skin health and appearance:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin elasticity
- Moisture levels
This study was done on 49 middle aged female subjects for six weeks. Results were tested four different ways, and in each case noticeable improvements were found. First, skin health parameters were measured using dermatological instruments. Secondly, a professional dermatologist visually examined subjects’ skin.
’Before and after’ photos reveal dramatic results
In addition, subjects rated their skin through a self-assessment both before and again after the six week study. And lastly, before and after photos were taken. Positive results were found across all four tests (Yamashita, 2006).
This study is very significant as a clear indication of natural Astaxanthin’s leadership in the emerging category of nutritional supplements for “beauty from within.”
Are there any other scientific studies about Astaxanthin?
In three earlier studies, similar results were found when Astaxanthin was combined with one or two other ingredients (Thibodeau and Lauzier, 2003; Yamashita, E., 2002; Beguin,2005). Results were very positive in the three areas noted above (fine wrinkles, moisture and elasticity) as well as some additional areas:
- Skin tone
- Spots and freckles
News of Astaxanthin’s skin health benefits have been getting out to the media recently. The world’s most famous (and one of the most respected) dermatologists, Nicholas Perricone, MD, has written about Natural Astaxanthin in two of his New York Times best-selling books and has mentioned Astaxanthin on many television shows starting with the Oprah show a few years ago.
And England’s second largest circulation newspaper, the Daily Mail, wrote an article about how Hollywood actresses and supermodels such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Heidi Klum are using Hawaiian Astaxanthin as an “internal beauty pill.”
BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin is recommended for everyone who wants to protect their skin from UV exposure and sunburn as well as for those wishing to improve the health and appearance of their skin.
About the author: Bob Capelli has dedicated most of his professional career to natural healing and herbology, which began 25 years ago in Asia and Latin America where he developed a deep respect for the medicinal power of plants. Bob is co-author of a book on Spirulina called Spirulina: Nature’s Superfood and lead author of a book on Astaxanthin called Natural Astaxanthin: The World’s Best Kept Health Secret. He’s also written many magazine articles on health issues, done countless radio and TV appearances around the world and has published scientific papers on both Spirulina and Astaxanthin in peer-reviewed technical journals.
Lorenz, T. (2002). “Clinical Trial Indicates Sun Protection from BioAstin Supplement.” Cyanotech Technical Bulletin based on Independent Consumer Testing Company clinical trial (unpublished). On file at Cyanotech Corporation.
Yamashita, E. (2006). “The Effects of a Dietary Supplement Containing Astaxnathin.” Carotenoid Science, 2006.
Thibodeau, A., Lauzier, E. (2003). “Dietary/Nutritional Supplements: The New Ally to Topical Cosmetic Formulations.” Cosmetics & Toiletries Magazine. 118(1):57-64.
Yamashita, E. (2002). “Cosmetic Benefit of Dietary Supplements Containing Astaxanthin and Tocotrienol on Human Skin.” Food Style. 21 6(6):112-17.
Beguin, A. (2005). “A novel micronutrient supplement in skin aging: a randomized placebo-controlled double-blind study.” Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Vol. 4, Page 277.