Discovery of Astaxanthin from Red Krill Oil

by Norway Omega | 28/01/2020 | Blog

Discovery of Astaxanthin

Richard Kuhn
Richard Kuhn

In 1938, renowned Scientist Richard Kuhn, Germany, recognised ´Astaxanthin´ with its deep red Krill color as what is now the sought after natural antioxidant from red Krill. Naming it Astaxanthin from Krill. The name “Astaxanthin” derives from the scientific name for lobster  (Astacus gammarus) and for xanthophyll, which class astaxanthin belongs to.  The same year,  Kuhn was presented the 1938 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work related with carotenoids and vitamins.


Astaxanthin is gaining popularity as a wonder supplement product. The reason behind this is that Astaxanthin is a powerful natural antioxidant that promotes health in many different ways. There is an argument that one reason why Asian women look so young is due that their diet in general contains a lot of Astaxanthin.

Antaxanthin occurs naturally in marine life, such as Krill, which Norway Omega Red Krill Oil is made out of.  Norway Omega Krill While krill share many health benefits, it is the phospholipoid nature of Krill Omega-3 and the antioxidant values from Astaxanthin which enhance the krill’s nutritional values. The Phospholipid nature of Krill oil allows the body to absorb the nutritional qualities naturally. Phospholipids occur naturally in the body, in the same way as triglycerides and form the basic components of cell membranes. However, phospholipids are soluble in water, which gives phospholipid Omega-3‘s an enhanced bio-efficiency. They are more readily absorbed by the body, which enables their benefits to reach our cells faster.

Benefits of Astaxanthin

1. Antioxidant

As general studies show, antioxidants are  really good for you. One of the focal claims of Astaxanthin’s antioxidant properties conclude that it helps and benefits when treating cancer. Even though there are lot of studies and research done on benefits of astaxanthin, the true potential has not been researched due to  the high cost of purified astaxanthin. Medical research has shown signs of treatment benefits of both short and long term in relation to breast cancer, as well as reduction of growth of breast cancer cells. Futrhermore, studies show that it helps blood flow, lessens oxidative stress in people who smoke as well as in people who are over weight.

2. Skin

A study done in 2018 explains that Astaxanthin has various benefits to human skin, ranging from Anti-Inflammatory properties, healing effects on skin damage, as well as DNA repair on skin damaged by UV. Otherwords, it reduces wrinkles and keeps skin healthy and moist.

3. Exercise

There has been a vast study on how astaxanthin has various benefits as an exercise supplement. This includes effect on endurance and recovery; especially fatigue levels after the period of exercise.


4. Vision

Antioxidants have a long track record use in eye health products. Recently, Astaxanthin has raised a lot of interest in research due to its superior antioxidant activity. Astaxanthin supplementation can improve eye health in many different ways as such as improved blood flow in capillaries in the eye, improved accommodation amplitude, improved accommodation speed in subjects with eye fatigue, increased critical flicker fusion, and sharper visual sensation.

5. Further Benefits

Recent studies are showing signs that astaxanthin can benefit hearth health. Research done in 2006 surfaced astaxanthin’s  effects on rats with hypertension, in other words, rats with high blood pressure. There are further studies that claim that astaxanthin can prevent heart disease as well as help lower cholesterol, but this research is yet to be proven more thoroughly.

Future findings might find benefits of astaxanthin in the treatment of joint pain, including conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. The benefits include reduction of inflammation and pain symptoms in relation to arthritis.

In addition, there has been studies showing positive results to boost male fertility. Research done in 2005 concluded that researches saw improvements in fertility and sperm count.

To conclude, Astaxanthin’s unique “antioxidative arsenal” provides  an impressive range of health benefits, as mentioned above.

Astaxanthin Intake

In order for one to gain the benefits of astaxanthin directly from naturally occurring foods such as salmon for example, one should eat at least 1kg salmon a day. Sounds far fetched? ? That’s why in order to maximise the benefits of Astaxanthin more reasonably, the best way to get it from a source such as the Finest Norway Omega Krill oil. Why? You will not only get sufficient amount of Astaxanthin but all the other nutrients in the Krill oil, making it a powerful natural health supplement.

For more information on Norway Omega Finest Krill Oil and its purity, click here