Astaxanthin Properties, Molecular Formula, Applications - WorldOfChemicals

Astaxanthin Properties


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Astaxanthin is a carotenoid.It belongs to a larger class of phytochemicals known as terpenes.It is similar in structure than beta-carotene.It is classified as a xanthophyll.Astaxanthin is found in microscopic small plants,microalgae, yeast, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish, crustaceans, and the feathers of some birds.Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that may improve our immune system and may protect against neurodegenerative conditions, against UV-light effects and against cancer. Astaxanthin could be beneficial for hearth health by reducing inflammation, preventing oxidation of cholesterol and by modifying blood levels of cholesterol.It is used as a feed supplement for salmon, crabs, shrimp, chickens and egg production.It also has been found to be essential for proper growth and survival, as a food supplement.

Chemical Properties

Appearance Drak-Purple Solid
Boiling Point 774 °C at 760 mmHg
CAS Number 472-61-7
Density 1.071 g/cm3
EINECS Number 207-451-4
IUPAC Name (6S)-6-Hydroxy-3-[(1E,3E,5E,7E,9E,11E,13E,15E,17E)-18-[(4S)-4-hydroxy-2,6,6-trimethyl-3-oxo-1-cyclohexenyl]-3,7,12,16-tetramethyloctadeca-1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17-nonaenyl]-2,4,4-trimethyl-1-cyclohex-2-enone
InChI 1S/C40H52O4/c1-27(17-13-19-29(3)21-23-33-31(5)37(43)35(41)25-39(33,7)8)15-11-12-16-28(2)18-14-20-30(4)22-24-34-32(6)38(44)36(42)26-40(34,9)10/h11-24,35-36,41-42H,25-26H2,1-10H3/b12-11+,17-13+,18-14+,23-21+,24-22+,27-15+,28-16+,29-19+,30-20+/t35-,36-/m0/s1
Melting Point 215-216 ºC
Molar Mass 596.84 g/mol
Molecular Formula C40H52O4
NFPA 704 H-1, F-0, R-0, C-NA
Synonyms (3S,3'S)-Astaxanthin;(3S,3'S)-All-Trans-Astaxanthin;Aquasta;Astaxanthin Nature;AstaREAL;Astared; Astots 10O;Astots 5O;BioAstin;BioAstin Oleoresin;Carophyll Pink;Lucantin Pink;NatuRose;Natupink;Ovoester;all-trans-Astaxanthin;Trans-Astaxanthin;3,3'-Dihydroxy-b,b-carotene-4,4'-dione