Do Flamingoes Hold the Key to Anti-Ageing?

Elinor Block

We're about to tell you something you probably weren't expecting to hear but it's true: Flamingos hold the key to effective anti-ageing—and it's all to do with their pink feathers. 

Now, if you're not a keen ornithologist or a marine biologist then you might not know that the reason flamingos are pink is because of their diet of shrimp. The shrimp, in turn, are pink because they contain astaxanthin, which is the anti-ageing ingredient everyone is currently raving about.

So what is this wonder product? Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, which is an ingredient that can reduce inflammation and oxidative damage to cells. This can help preserve the eyes, skin, joints and central nervous system. It is also considered as “super antioxidant,” as it's 65 times more powerful than vitamin C, 54 times more powerful than beta-carotene and 14 times more powerful than vitamin E.

Keep scrolling for more and to find out where you can get hold of this “super” ingredient.

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When we're exposed to things such as UV rays, pollution, alcohol and other environmental stressors, we expose our skin to harmful molecules known as free radicals. These damaging molecules lead to oxidative stress, which accelerates collagen loss in the skin.

And as we age, our bodies become less effective at neutralising free radicals that create the oxidative stress, which is why we need antioxidants to help fight the collagen deterioration. Astaxanthin, being a powerful antioxidant, can help fight against free radical damage, thus helping to fight the signs of ageing—internally and externally. 

Skincare brand Gold Collagen has created a new anti-ageing supplement called Defence that contains astaxanthin, along with 16 other active ingredients to help support the skin's natural defenses and to help fight free radicals. All you need to do is take one a day. 

Want more anti-ageing? Take a look at our guide to the nine best anti-wrinkle creams.

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