The University of Hawaii Cancer Center has found that Astaxanthin switches on the FOX03 'longevity gene' in a study using mice. Researchers were able to measure a nearly 90% increase in the activation of the gene in the animals heart tissue.
Astaxanthin is found heavily in salmon and krill oil and is what gives them their red/pink color.
"By activating the FOXO3 gene common in all humans, we can make it act like the longevity version. Through this research, we have shown that Astaxanthin activates the FOXO3 gene," said Willcox."