Sunday, July 31, 2011
Sunscreen in a Pill:
More info from Wikipedia:
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid. It belongs to a larger class of phytochemicals known as terpenes. It is classified as a xanthophyll, which means "yellow leaves". Like many carotenoids, it is a colorful, lipid-soluble pigment. Astaxanthin is found in microalgae, yeast, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish, crustaceans, and the feathers of some birds. It provides the red color of salmon meat and cooked shellfish.
Astaxanthin, unlike some carotenoids, is not converted to vitamin A (retinol) in the human body. Too much vitamin A is toxic for a human, but astaxanthin has lower toxicity. It is an antioxidant with a slightly lower antioxidant activity than other carotenoids
While astaxanthin is a natural nutritional component, it can also be used as a food supplement. The supplement is intended for human, animal, and aquaculture consumption. The commercial production of astaxanthin comes from both natural and synthetic sources.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved astaxanthin as a food coloring (or color additive) for specific uses in animal and fish foods. The European Commission considers it food dye and it is given the E number E161j. Natural astaxanthin is considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA, but as a food coloring in the United States it is restricted to use in animal food.
Where to get it: Astaxanthin
I took a look at a few places and Amazon seems to be the best option and the 120pill bottles qualify for free shipping.
Proof that I'm not the only one using this and I'm not completely crazy.
Sunscreen In A Pill- Science Daily
BBC-Coral Could Hold Key to Sunscreen Pill
News.com.au-UK Scientists using a coral for 'sunscreen pill' that gives weeks of protection.
Herald Sun Article:
ZeenNews-A Sunscreen Pill Made of Natural Tropical Corals
Yahoo News-Future of sunscreen: a pill could provide weeks of protection
Guardian-Sunscreen pill could be available within five years, scientist say
Sunscreen Pill From Coral Could Be Developed Within Five Years, Scientist Say
ABC News-A Sunscreen Pill From Coral Compound?