Astaxanthin is a reddish pigment that belongs to a group of chemicals called carotenoids. It occurs naturally in certain algae and causes the pink or red color in salmon, trout, lobster, shrimp, and other seafood.
Astaxanthin is used for treating Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, “brain attack” (stroke), high cholesterol, and an eye condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is also used for preventing cancer.
Astaxanthin is applied directly to the skin for protection against sunburn.
How does it work?
Astaxanthin is an antioxidant. This effect might protect cells from damage. Astaxanthin might also improve the way the immune system functions.
- Eye problems such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
- Alzheimer's disease.
- Parkinson's disease.
- Improving recovery after stroke.
- Protecting against cancer.
- Reducing cholesterol levels.
- Reducing skin damage from ultraviolet (UV) light.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & Safety
Astaxanthin is safe when it is consumed in amounts found in food. The safety of using astaxanthin supplements and astaxanthin in skin products is unknown.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of astaxanthin during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
The appropriate dose of astaxanthin depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for astaxanthin. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.