About Astaxanthin NZ
Astaxanthin is a reddish-pink pigment created by microalgae that give many sea creatures such as krill, salmon and crayfish their red colour. When certain algae are stressed by a change in their environments such as a change in temperature or a change in UV light, they release Astaxanthin to defend themselves. When released, the Astaxanthin surrounds the algae and protects it, giving it the ability to survive through tough conditions. It is these protective properties that have sparked so many new studies with new human health applications constantly being discovered.
Biosphere provides a cost effective and easy way to get ideal amounts of Astaxanthin each day.
Of the 700 carotenoids discovered in nature so far, Astaxanthin has proven to be one of the most powerful. The potential in human health is growing as we learn more about how antioxidants play a role in our well-being.
You can read a more extensive article about the evidenced-based benefits of Astaxanthin here.
AS A FREE RADICAL SCAVENGER, ASTAXANTHIN IS:
65 times more powerful than Vitamin C
54 times stronger than Beta-Carotene
14 times greater than Vitamin E
Where is Astaxanthin found in nature?
Astaxathin is found in a wide range of natural organisms. It is predominantly found in marine life and traced back to a specific green algae called Haematococcus pluvialis. When eaten or stressed, this algae turns red, producing astaxanthin to try and protect itself. This algae is consumed by different types of marine life such as salmon, krill, lobsters and flamingos making them pink but also another source of Astaxanthin.
|Source||ASTAXANTHIN CONCENTRATION (PPM)|
|Haematococcus pluvialis Algae||40,000|
Astaxanthin however is not limited to only marine life, as there is a type of yeast called Phaffia that also produces Astaxanthin but at lower levels to the algae.
As haematoccus pluvialis is at the bottom of this marine life food chain and the source of the Astaxanthin, it has by far the highest concentrations, making it great for sourcing high doses of Astaxanthin.
How Astaxanthin is produced around the world
With the growing popularity of Astaxanthin, new growing facilities are popping up all around the world to match consumer demand. In countries with plenty of sunlight outdoor growing is generally preferred as the sun is used to stress the algae into producing Astaxanthin. Alternatively indoor facilities uses long tubes and utilise lights to stress the algae.
What the medical studies are saying
There are now over 300 human studies on astaxanthin and its potential applications in human health. As a relatively new supplement on the market, astaxanthin is becoming more and more popular with new studies constantly being published.
Q: What are the dangers and side effects of Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is a natural extract from algae. It has no known dangers from human consumption but may interact with some medication. In some rare cares huge doses over 50mg per day, may cause a temporary yellowish discoloration of the skin. You can check out our side effects page here.
Q: What is Astaxanthin used for?
Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant so it uses extend through reducing inflammation in the body. Most commonly people use astaxanthin for ailments directly related to excess inflammation such as joints, eyes, skin, gut and brain.
Q: How much Astaxanthin should I take?
A standard health maintenance dose of astaxanthin is 6mg per day.
Doses increase up to 18mg per day depending on the ailment and level of inflammation.
Read more on our Astaxanthin Dosage page.
Q: Can Astaxanthin help my skin?
Yes, astaxanthin has been shown to protect one’s skin from the sun’s aging effects and improve skin elasticity for a more youthful appearance. A study out of Japan concluded that long-term astaxanthin supplementation may inhibit age-related skin deterioration and maintain skin conditions associated with environmentally induced damage via its anti-inflammatory effect.
Q: When is the best time to take Astaxanthin?
It is best to take astaxanthin with a meal, especially with one containing some fats. It binds to fat to be absorbed into the gut so for optimal absorption, take your astaxanthin with a fatty meal.
Q: What is the best astaxanthin supplement?
Most Astaxanthin supplements on the market are naturally derived from haematococcus pluvialis algae, this is a must. Avoid synthetic astaxanthin.
Make sure the astaxanthin has some kind of oil base to enhance absorption like olive oil or coconut oil.
To read more about what to look for in an Astaxanthin supplement, check out our Astaxanthin buying guide.
Q: Is Astaxanthin safe during pregnancy
Astaxanthin is generally regarded as safe however maximum safe doses in pregnant or nursing women and young children, have not been determined so should be avoided out of caution.
Q: Is Astaxanthin vegan?
Yes Astaxanthin is vegan, but the softgels most astaxanthin comes in are made from gelatin and are not vegan.
Q: Is Astaxanthin good for my eyes?
Studies have shown a positive correlation between Astaxanthin and eye health. There have been a wide range of eye benefits by supplementing astaxanthin such as supporting dry eyes, protection against UV damage, blood vessel growth retinal protection and more.
You can read more about astaxanthin for eyes on our evidence-based benefits page.
Q: Can Astaxanthin help manage my diabetes?
Yes it could. There is now a growing body of evidence to support Astaxanthin’s role in diabetes management. It has been shown to help improve glucose metabolism and actually reduce visceral body fat. Astaxanthin can also help support with the diabetic related inflammation that can go on to cause other health issues.
You can read more about Astaxanthins role with diabetes here.
We’ve created an astaxanthin supplement containing 6mg of astaxanthin per softgel. To learn more about our astaxanthin, check out the product page here.
To check out the reviews for our Biosphere Astaxanthin and to find out what people are saying about Astaxanthin, visit the product page here.
Not all Astaxanthin has equal health benefits. The natural Astaxanthin we sell is extracted from algae in a clean, controlled environment, resulting in a high potency product. Synthetic Astaxanthin is primarly used as a food additive for farmed salmon to artificially turn them their natural pink colour. This synthetic version of astaxanthin is derived from petrochemicals, is highly toxic and should be avoided.
As a natural product from algae, Astaxanthin has no known harmful side effects. In extremely high doses one may experience a slight orange tinge in the skin, similar to the effect of eating a large amount of carrots in a short period of time. Astaxanthin may cause ones feces to turn a reddish hue with high dosages around 50mg per day.
You can read more about the side effects here.
The amount of Astaxanthin you should be taking will vary depending on your current health and what results you are looking to get out of it. Take at least 6mg a day for general health and an antioxidant boost and look to increase your dosage towards 12mg each day to notice significant benefits and treat ailments. Make sure you take your Astaxanthin with food, ideally alongside some healthy fats to assist with absorption.
You can read more about the right Astaxanthin dose here.
Ron Goedeke MD, BSc Hons MBChB, FNZCAM
Dr Ron Goedeke, specialises in alternative and functional medicine. He is a foundation member of the New Zealand college of Appearance medicine and has been a member of the American Academy of Anti-aging medicine since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.
Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read on this website.
Last updated on the 1st of February 2019