Heading to the beach? Planning to be out in the sun? Don’t forget your algae.
That’s right, algae. Those little marine organisms floating in freshwater streams and lakes hold the key to one of nature’s most powerful sun protectors.
Specifically one certain species of algae, and its bright red carotenoid astaxanthin. Besides being a spectacular source of antioxidants, the astaxanthin in red algae has unique UV protection properties. When Haematococcus pluvialis algae are exposed to too much sunlight they produce nutrient-rich astaxanthin, which acts as a natural force-field, strengthening the cells against the ravages of the sun.
Now, you too can benefit from this natural shield. While certain foods are rich in carotenoids and other UV-protectant nutrients, reaching high enough levels of carotenoids would require you scooping up salmon like a bear before hibernation. This is why astaxanthin has become a hot commodity in the natural skin care world.
Unlike traditional topical sunscreens, astaxanthin does not physically block UV rays, so it doesn't prevent you from receiving the valuable vitamin D your skin needs. Instead, it protects your skin against damage from the inside out, giving your cells anti-inflammatory and regenerative benefits without the harmful side effects from many liquid sunscreens.
Sunburn is an inflammatory process, and astaxanthin is effective at preventing oxidation that leads to damaging effects from sunlight. Astaxanthin is 54 times more powerful than beta-carotene, 14 times more powerful than vitamin E, and 800 times stronger than the popular coenzyme Q10 at scavenging free radicals in your body's cells. (1, 2)
A recent study (funded by industry) measured skin resistance to UVA and UVB light, before and after astaxanthin usage. In only three weeks of taking 4mg per day, test subjects saw a significant increase in the amount of time before for UV radiation reddened their skin. So even a moderate daily dose can give your skin increased protection.
While more studies will continue to be conducted, existing science backs what our loyal customers report: red algae astaxanthin is a powerful and natural ally in protecting and rejuvenating your skin. In fact, many Regenurex users notice smoother or stronger skin, with some even claiming to receive a deep, glowing tan.
In her review, Joanna H. of North Bay credited Regenurex with a burn-free tropical vacation:
Prevented Sunburn DamageI used Regenurex Astaxanthin - 12 mg Veggie once daily for two weeks before traveling to Costa Rica and I did not get sunburned with moderate sun exposure while on holiday. There was no need to use sunscreen.
As you head outside this summer, don't forget to slip on a shirt, slap on a hat, slop on some sunscreen - and shield your skin with our Made-in-BC astaxanthin!
(1) Capelli, B., Bagchi, D., Cysewski, G. (2013). “Synthetic Astaxanthin is significantly inferior to algal-based Astaxanthin as an antioxidant and may not be suitable as a human nutritional supplement.” NutraFoods (2013). 12:145-52.
(2) Nishida, Y., Yamashita, E., Miki, W. (2007). Institute for Food Science Research, Japan. "Quenching activities of common hydrophilic and lipophilic antioxidants against singlet oxygen using chemiluminescence detection system." Carotenoid Science (2007). 11:16-20.