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Alternative Names

Astaxanthine, Astaxantina, Dihydroxy-3,3' dioxo-4,4' bêta-carotène, Microalgae, Microalgue, Micro-Algue, Ovoester, CAUTION: Please refer to separate listing for Beta-Carotene

Scientific Name

Haematococcus Pluvialis

Why Do People Use Astaxanthine?

Orally, astaxanthin is used for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, stroke, cancer, and hypercholesterolemia. Topically, astaxanthin is used for sunburn.

Is It Safe To Use?

Likely Safe - Used in amounts found in foods Astaxanthin has Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status in the US. There is insufficient reliable information available about the safety of oral use of astaxanthin supplements or the topical use of astaxanthin. Pregnancy and Lactation - Insufficient reliable information available; avoid using.

How Effective Is Astaxanthine?

There is insufficient reliable information available about the effectiveness of astaxanthin.

How Astaxanthine Works?

Astaxanthin is a reddish carotenoid pigment found in the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis. Salmon, trout, red sea bream, shrimp, lobster, fish eggs, and many bird species also contain substantial amounts of astaxanthin. It is a powerful antioxidant that is structurally similar to beta-carotene. Astaxanthin contains the highest relative antioxidant activity when compared with alpha-tocopherol, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. The concentration of astaxanthin is 1% to 3% in microalgae. A 4-ounce portion of farmed Atlantic salmon contains about 0.5 to 1.1 mg of astaxanthin; 4 ounces of sockeye salmon contains about 4.5 mg. Preliminary data suggests astaxanthin may decrease the oxidative liver damage caused by carbon tetrachloride. It seems to decrease oxidative consumption of glutathione (GSH) and increase hepatoprotective antioxidant activity. Preliminary research also suggests that astaxanthin may be able to prevent the oxidative damage caused by ultraviolet (UVA) light.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Astaxanthine?

None reported. However, another carotenoid substance that is chemically related to astaxanthin, canthaxanthin, caused crystals in the retina and loss of visual acuity in one patient. This effect has not been observed with astaxanthin, but patients who have visual changes while taking astaxanthin should stop taking it immediately.

How Astaxanthine Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Carotenoids may decrease the absorption of astaxanthin, by competing for absorption in the gastrointestinal tract. Carotenoids include astaxanthan, beta-carotene, canthaxanthan, lutein, and lycopene.

How Astaxanthine Interacts With Drugs?

None known.

How Astaxanthine Interacts With Foods?

Carotenoid containing foods - Carotenoids present in food may decrease the absorption of astaxanthin. Carotenoids are found in a wide variety of vegetables and have high concentrations in carrots and tomatoes.

How Astaxanthine Interacts With Lab Tests?

None known.

How Astaxanthine Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

None known.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Astaxanthine?

There is no typical dosabe for astaxanthin.



General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Astaxanthine Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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