Astaxanthin, an anti-wrinkle supplement
A daily dose of 6 milligrams of astaxanthin, a carotenoid derived from algae, reduces facial wrinkles and makes the skin more elastic and less dry. Researchers from the Japanese Fuji Chemical Industry discovered this in a human study, which has been published in Acta Biochimica Polonica in 2012.
The researchers divided 36 men aged 20-60 into 2 groups.
Half of the subjects took 2 capsules each day for 6 weeks, each containing 3 milligrams of astaxanthin, one with breakfast and one with dinner. The product the researchers used was Fuji's AstaReal. Fuji extracts astaxanthin from the algae Haematococcus pluvialis.
The other half of the subjects received a placebo.
The supplement did not affect the deepest wrinkles, but it did reduce the portion of the skin where wrinkles were visible.
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Astaxanthin also made the skin more elastic, and enabled the skin tissue to retain more moisture.
Acta Biochim Pol. 2012;59(1):43-7.
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