NOW - Astaxanthin - 60 Softgel(s) - NPN: 80036699 -- Astaxanthin is a naturally occuring carotenoid closely related to beta-carotene and lutein that provides a wide range of antioxidant benefits. Astaxanthin may play a key role in the protection of cell membranes against free radical damage as well as supporting the immune system and cardiovascular health, particularly since it can help reduce inflammation. Conditions where that can be beneficial include asthma, aching or swollen joints (whether from arthritis or from repetitive stress injury, e.g.), fibromyalgia, and even inflammatory eye (such as uveitis) or brain conditions. Safflower or olive oil have been added because astaxanthin is fat-soluble, and this improves its absorption.