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Nowadays, there is an emergent interest in new trend-driven biomolecules to improve health and wellbeing, which has become an interesting and promising field, considering their high value and biological potential. Astaxanthin is one of these promising biomolecules, with impressive high market growth, especially in the pharmaceutical and food industries. This biomolecule, obtained from natural sources (i.e., microalgae), has been reported in the literature to have several beneficial health effects due to its biological properties. These benefits seem to be mainly associated with Astaxanthin’s high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may act on several brain issues, thus attenuating symptoms. In this sense, several studies have demonstrated the impact of astaxanthin on a wide range of diseases, namely on brain disorders (such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson, depression, brain stroke and autism). Therefore, this review highlights its application in mental health and illness. Furthermore, a S.W.O.T. analysis was performed to display an approach from the market/commercial perspective. However, to bring the molecule to the market, there is still a need for more studies to increase deep knowledge regarding the real impact and mechanisms in the human brain. HIGHLIGHTS: Astaxanthin has been mainly extracted from the algae Haematococcus pluvialis Astaxanthin, bioactive molecule with high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties Astaxanthin has an important protective effect on brain disorders Astaxanthin is highly marketable, mainly for food and pharmaceutical industries.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
JournalCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Jul 2023


  • Algae
  • Astaxanthin
  • Biomolecules
  • Brain diseases
  • Health benefits


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