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Why is salmon orange?
 
Have you ever wondered why salmon is orange? It is something called carotenoids, it is the same pigments that turns your carrots orange! These magical antioxidants combat damaging effects of free radicals, and the carotenoid pigments that are found in salmon are particulary potent, it is an antioxidant known as astaxanthin, this has been shown to protect humans against cancer, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, eye diseases and general aging, along with many other conditions! Astaxanthin is produced by phytoplankton; small plants use astaxanthin to shield themselves against ultraviolet radiation. The tiny crustaceans that salmon feed on then eat the phytoplankton and the salmon in turn eats the crustaceans and astaxanthin gets stored in the salmon’s skin and muscles. An amazing process! 
 
07/28/2013