Astaxanthin: Fast Facts

May 14, 2021

In 2011, Astaxanthin was the “it” nutraceutical, with sky-high sales and the hottest buzz attached to its name.1 Eight years later, its benefits and uses have expanded, creating new users and covering a wider range of conditions. This quick briefer gives you an update on this multi-purpose supplement.

  • Astaxanthin is a reddish aquatic2 carotenoid3 found in salmon, trout, lobster, microalgae, yeast, shrimp and other seafood4.
  • The top benefits of astaxanthin are its ability to combat oxidative stress, and reduce inflammation 5.
  • Its potency as free radical scavenger is  65x more than Vitamin C, 54x more than Beta-Carotene, and 12x more than Vitamin E
  • It has antioxidant qualities that improve blood flow and lower “oxidative stress” in smokers and overweight persons6.
  • It is used to treat a range of diseases including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, high cholesterol, liver diseases, age-related macular degeneration (age-related vision loss)7.
  • Astaxanthin helps maintain healthy condition of eyes, brain, skin and joints8.
  • It can be applied to the skin to protect against sunburn and reduce wrinkles9.
  • Its anti-inflammatory capabilities can be used to address joint pains, such as rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome10.

1 Watson, E. [2013, March]. Astaxanthin: Still red hot or cooling off? The Dr Oz effect… two years on. Retrieved from https://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Article/2013/03/15/Astaxanthin-Still-red-hot-or-cooling-off?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright

2 Patel, K. [2018, June]. Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://examine.com/supplements/astaxanthin/

3 WebMD.com [n.d.] Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1063/astaxanthin

4 Wilson, D. [2017, October]. 7 Potential Benefits of Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/health-claims-astaxanthin

5 Algaecal.com. [2019, February]. What is Astaxanthin? Uses, Benefits, Side Effects and More! Retrieved from https://www.algaecal.com/expert-insights/astaxanthin/

6 Wilson, D. [2017, October]. 7 Potential Benefits of Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/health-claims-astaxanthin

7 WebMD.com [n.d.] Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1063/astaxanthin

8 Watson, E. [2013, March]. Astaxanthin: Still red hot or cooling off? The Dr Oz effect… two years on. Retrieved from https://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Article/2013/03/15/Astaxanthin-Still-red-hot-or-cooling-off?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright

9 WebMD.com [n.d.] Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1063/astaxanthin

10 Wilson, D. [2017, October]. 7 Potential Benefits of Astaxanthin. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/health-claims-astaxanthin

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