Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, a chemical found naturally in certain plants and animals. A type of algae makes astaxanthin. This algae is used as a source for the astaxanthin in supplements.
Some types of seafood also contain astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin gives salmon and lobster their reddish color, and flamingo feathers their pink hue.
Cancer. Chemicals from magnolia have been useful against numerous types of cancer in lab tests. For example, studies found that they reduced tumor size and increased life span in mice with colorectal cancer.
Stroke. A chemical in magnolia reduced damage in the brain in mice after oxygen loss, such as occurs with stroke.
Supplement makers may suggest varying amounts of their product for different purposes. However, optimal doses of magnolia have not been set for any condition. And the quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely from maker to maker. This makes it hard to set a standard dose.
Can you get magnolia naturally from foods?
You cannot get magnolia naturally from foods.
Magnolia bark extract has been tested in studies as an ingredient in chewing gum. Chewing gum with magnolia bark extract may promote better breath and gum health. These findings might lead to the development of brands of gum that contain this ingredient.
What are the risks of taking magnolia?
Risks. Avoid using magnolia during pregnancy. And use caution if you take medicine to help you sleep or lessen your anxiety.
Interactions. Taking magnolia bark along with drugs that promote sleep or treat anxiety may cause drowsiness. This can make it unsafe for you to drive a vehicle or use heavy machinery.
Tell your doctor about any supplements you're taking, even if they're natural. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with any medications.