Research: astaxanthin


Astaxanthin is a keto-carotenoid. It belongs to alarger class of chemical compounds known asterpenes built from five carbon precursors, isopentenyl diphosphate, and dimethylallyldiphosphate. Astaxanthin is classified as axanthophyll, but currently employed to describecarotenoid compounds that have oxygen-containingcomponents, hydroxyl or ketone, such as zeaxanthin and canthaxanthin. Indeed, astaxanthin is a metabolite of zeaxanthin and/or canthaxanthin, containing both hydroxyl and ketone functional groups.

 


 


 




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