Fish and Health No.1 The Benefits of Astaxanthin

Managerial dietician: Ms. Fukiko Inaba,Chief of Nutrition Department, Jinseikai

Eat more fish!

What did you have for lunch and dinner today?
How often do you have fish at home?
We are the managerial dieticians at Jinseikai, and we’d like to take this opportunity to provide helpful information about the relationship between fish and your health.

This being the first edition, I’d like to talk about the benefits of astaxanthin.

Why are crabs, prawns and sea bream red?

Have you heard of astaxanthin?
It is a naturally-occurring red pigment that makes these animals red. Crabs, prawns and sea bream eat algae or plankton that create this astaxanthin, and they then acquire the red coloring in their body.

It is said that the antioxidative potency of astaxanthin is 10 times greater than beta carotene and 1000 times greater than vitamin E. It is tremendously powerful.
It also encourages cell division deep inside of our epidermis. This helps remove old skin and stimulate regular skin regeneration, in addition to increasing collagen creation.
Astaxanthin is receiving widespread attention in skin care promotion. It not only prevents the formation of skin blemishes, but it also promotes healing of skin damaged by ultraviolet rays, and can revitalize and help brighten the skin.
It might not be just a rumor that eating the sea bream skin (which contains astaxanthin) makes the skin vibrant. The beneficial effects of astaxanthin in various areas have been well researched as of late. The effects of astaxanthin are now attracting attention, and cosmetics mixed with astaxanthin are available on the market. Is astaxanthin the fabled “skin-saver” sought by women for centuries?

Live happy and healthy and be sure to eat more fish!