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What is astaxanthin used for?

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Astaxanthin may be used to treat age-related macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, brain attack, high cholesterol and Parkinson’s disease. The carotenoid is also used to prevent cancer and can be applied to the skin for sun protection, reports WebMD.

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The reddish antioxident is found naturally in some algae and responsible for the reddish hue present in salmon, trout, lobster, shrimp and other seafood. Astaxanthin may also help relieve pain and inflammation, fight fatigue, support eye health and filter body cells, cites health expert and author Suzy Cohen. While taking Astaxanthin is safe for most individuals at the recommended dose, as of 2015, not enough is known about possible side effects on pregnant or breastfeeding women, explains WebMD.

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