Algae based astaxanthin is widely suggested for pharmaceutical applications owing to its increased antioxidant activity and its ability to treat number of diseases.
Astaxanthin is a potential therapeutic agent against atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Its supplementation can be beneficial for people with enhanced risk for heart attacks.
Astaxanthin is carried by VLDL, LDL, and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) in human blood and protects LDL-cholesterol against oxidation.
- Neurodegenerative diseases
Oxidative stress is a causative or at least ancillary factor in the pathogenesis of major neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-ALS). Diets high in antioxidants offer the potential to lower the associated risks.Natural astaxanthin can cross the blood-brain barrier in mammals and can extend its antioxidant benefits beyond that barrier. Therefore, astaxanthin can help to alleviate the effects of Alzheimer's disease and other neurological diseases.
Astaxanthin has the ability to inhibit the growth of fibrosarcoma, breast, and prostate cancer cells and embryonic fibroblasts, cell death, cell proliferation and mammary tumors.
Astaxanthin has a role in the reduction of blood plasma level and increases basal arterial blood flow.