Canthaxanthin is a naturally occurring carotenoid found in many different plants and animals. It is the red coloring of many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. It gives the pink hue to the feathers of brightly colored birds such as flamingos. A few species of pink shellfish and some ocean crustaceans such as the red lobster contain the xanthophyll as pigment, Canthaxanthin functions as a ultra violet photon absorber, a singlet and triplet oxygen quencher and a free radical deactivator.
As Canthaxanthin assimilates into the body, the Canthaxanthin molecules attach to the subcutaneous layer of fat cells (insulin fat) that is directly under the skin. Since the skin is translucent, the fat that has been darkened by the Canthaxathin shows through.
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