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Preventing Sunburn Naturally

At the peak of the northern hemisphere summer season we still need to protect our skin from sunburn. And sunscreen isn’t the only answer. In fact it may be detrimental in some ways because we need some sun exposure to the skin for the production of vitamin D.


We shouldn’t be so sun-phobic that we look like pale faces all summer too. Actually people with tans look healthy, probably because they have the immune and other health benefits of good levels of vitamin D.


Slathering on a lot of sunscreen exposes us to the absorption of more chemicals … Read the rest

Astaxanthin – the King of Carotenoids and Antioxidants

Sunscreen in a pill? Have you heard of this amazing, powerful carotenoid called astaxanthin?

Asta – what?

Big word for a carotenoid that comes from a tiny microscopic alga with a big name, Haematococcus pluvialis. When its water source dries up it produces increased amounts of astaxanthin to protect itself from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. That allows it to survive.

And what’s a carotenoid?

Carotenoids give food color and help protect the plant from the sun’s radiation effects. Essential for photosynthesis and plant growth, they produce a beautiful array of colors in vegetables and fruit.

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