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Rated 4.78 out of 5 based on 79 customer ratings
(79 customer reviews)


Biosphere Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant used to support general health and wellbeing. As a potent anti-inflammatory, Astaxanthin has the ability to reduce inflammation and cell damage throughout the body.
Naturally derived from haematococcus pluvialis algae.

60 softgels per bottle.

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Astaxanthin – One of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, works to reduce inflammatory compounds that drive many chronic diseases, making it a very potent natural anti-inflammatory.  Natural astaxanthin has the ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body by controlling free radicals and cell damage. It is an incredible antioxidant, much stronger than many others available.

Phosphatidylcholine – Astaxanthin and many other carotenoids are fat soluble which is why phosphatidylcholine has been included to enhance the bioavailability of the astaxanthin. Such phospholipids have been shown to increase absorption by nearly 12 fold compared to stand alone Astaxanthin. One needs phosphatidylcholine to protect nerve cell function, and astaxanthin protects the phosphatidylcholine from harmful oxidation.

Olive Oil – Astaxanthin is a fat-soluble carotenoid which requires fat to be absorbed. Olive oil has been included in each capsule as a healthy source of fat, to bind to the Astaxanthin molecule in order to optimise absorption.

79 reviews for Astaxanthin

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Always notice if we do not take it. Clear head.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt (verified owner)

    This stuff really helps. I primarily take it to aid recovery and I certainly feel better day after day in training. Also, the side effect of not getting burnt is definitely true. I have quite fair skin, but when I take Astaxanthin I’m the last to get burnt. Also, this was the best value Astaxanthin I have found in NZ.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    D Markham (verified owner)

    This product does all it says it does. We are very pleased with our
    Purchase of asaxanthin . We have been taking for 18 days and we both feel great. Recovery from exersize is so much quicker. And energy levels are up. My wife says her eyes are clear, and bright sunshine is no longer a problem. We will for sure purchase this product again.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Bought Astaxanthin Eye Health because had problems in my left eye with feeling tired and painful and if something scratching like grains of sand in the eye, was very irritating. The eye clinic could not find anything. After trying this supplement I was very surprised, after 3 days the irritation in the eye was gone. This was about a month ago, did not appear again, I take it still every day 1 capsule and hope pain in the eye will be gone for good. Can recommend.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kevin Ross

    My wife and I have only taken Astaxanthin for a short time however we both feel fine and feel we are able to see a bit better without our glasses and our mobility is good – we are both in our 70th year and will continue taking it.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    This product is amazing! My grandpa has alzheimer’s disease and was very weak. He couldn’t walk, remember and talk properly. Then he recovered pretty well after taking this product.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shona Campbell (verified owner)

    After thorough research internationally I found Biosphere Astaxanthin offered a high quality product that was cleanly manufactured but also had the important co-factors to help absorption. I was further impressed when asking the company questions pertaining to the product, were helpful and answered all my queries

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Pat Bannerman (verified owner)

    I bought the product for my son who has a condition that severely restricts him from being in the sun except for a very short time and it’s working really well. Thank you. I will also be using it myself in the new year.

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Trent (verified owner)

    Recovering from viral meningitis – this helped with fewer headaches and fatigue

  10. Rated 4 out of 5


    Great stuff! This is a reliable brand and good price too. Being fair-skinned, I take it to help with my sun protection.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sue C

    Love this stuff. Just spent three weeks in Hawaii and just used a small amount of sun cream on my nose. Worked brilliantly my skin is fair to medium and I didn’t burn at all

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ang (verified owner)

    It certainly is helping with my sore hip, feel so much better when I am taking it. Glad it is a good sun protector too!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard (verified owner)

    Decided to try taking Astaxanthin after reading Ian Wishart’s book “Show me the money honey”
    I have already seen an improvement to my skin and although I wear glasses there has been and improvement in sight when I don’t have them on.
    I’m very keen to monitor the long term heart benefits.
    No negitive comments or side effects.
    Great find – great product – I will be ordering more. Thanks

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephen Collett (verified owner)

    Very convenient means of taking Astaxanthin.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5


    Easy to take and good company to deal with.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Keen (verified owner)

    My partner and I have been taking Astaxanthin a very short time Still on the 1st bottle between us and find we have more energy. I bought 3 bottles on my son’s recommendation and certainly will be ordering some more.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kevin (verified owner)

    Both my wife and I take Astaxanthin for the support it offers but we have both noticed that our eyesight has improved – we are both 70 and use glasses for reading but have found we can read a lot without our glasses since taking it so if that is all it does we are happy with that.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris (verified owner)

    Keeps me alert and body feeling good. will definitely continue to take Astaxanthin, I can tell the difference when I do not take them.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katja Fox (verified owner)

    I am new to Astaxanthin and have taken this supplement for just a month, however I have observed a wonderful feeling of balance in my body all through this month. I’m going to put a new order in, this time for a 3-month period. The whole process, i.e. from reading about Astaxanthin and its benefits on the website to ordering and shortly after receiving the product, has been SO smooth and very professional all the way through. I like that! THANK YOU!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    suzanne darragh (verified owner)

    Astaxanthin appears to be a very potent antioxidant. I am very happy with this product – since taking it and whilst maintaining my regular routine, I have not had any inflammation

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Eagle (verified owner)

    My dry eye issues have resolved since taking Astaxanthin. I’m very pleased to not have to use lubricating eye drops constantly.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Gray (verified owner)

    After reading Ian Wishart’s book “Show me the money honey” I couldn’t wait to try Astaxanthin which is well recommended in his book. I bought a bottle at a health food shop which cost $62.00 for 60 tablets which contain 4mg of Astaxanthin. Then I found this website and found that I could buy 60 tablets which contain 6mg of Astaxanthin for only $39.99. I find the 6mg tablets work better for me. My skin has improved in the few weeks I have been taking it and I feel that my overall general health has improved as well. I therefore recommend Astaxanthin from Biosphere to be good value for money.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela (verified owner)

    I have only been taking Astaxanthin for a short time but am looking forward to continuing use and seeing what happens. Also ordering is very easy, great company to deal with.

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    Carol (verified owner)

    I have taken this for 3 months a an anti oxidant and a recent blood test has shown an improved total cholesterol/HDL ratio. Is it connected? I don’t know but I haven’t altered anything else in my life style in that time.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary Du (verified owner)

    My dad said after taking this his eyes are clearer and he can see better. He has been taking this Astaxanthin for over 6 months and he is 81 years old.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic product, and super fast delivery!! Will definitely purchase again

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ingeborg Russ (verified owner)

    After taking Astaxanthin for 4 weeks 12mg per day the pain in my right shoulder disappeared and my skin moisture and smoothness improved remarkably.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    April (verified owner)

    I was pleased to find Biosphere’s website with your naturally sourced astaxanthin. 6mg is our preferred dosage and it is a supplement we would not want to be without. We feel it ticks a lot of boxes for us. One of the more obvious benefits is that we don’t burn with sun exposure any more.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Muzza (verified owner)

    A friend recommended this product to me. I have been suffering with a chronic inflammatory condition for nearly two years that affects my stomach which have the doctors baffled as to the cause. I have been taking Astaxanthin for just over a month and it seems to have made a measurable difference. My episodes are less frequent and not so severe. I recommend you give this product a try if you have any kind of inflammatory issues.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jill Flint (verified owner)

    I’m sure this product is making a difference to my health

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Margaret McCormack

    I believe these have made a marked difference in my energy levels very happy

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donna (verified owner)

    Have more engery. Have had an overhaul of my diet etc, believe this product is a big part of the reason for feeling better! 🙂

  33. Rated 4 out of 5

    Gertraud Tschida (verified owner)

    I like Astaxanthin, but the previous option available with ” For eye health” I preferred. I don’t know why is this not produced any more. I thought it good for tired, scratchy, itching dry eyes.

  34. Rated 4 out of 5

    Trudy (verified owner)

    Have noticed my energy is better and also my skin seems to be clearer definitely will continue this product!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle (verified owner)

    I can definately notice the improvement in my engergy levels

  36. Rated 4 out of 5

    Diana (verified owner)

    I did feel that my energy levels went up if I took 2 at lunch or dinner because I get extremely tired at the end of the work day. My eyes feel less dry too and vision seems sharper. I want to keep taking them to see if it has visible effects on my skin too.

  37. Rated 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Joan Hardy (verified owner)

    My first bottle… I can’t pinpoint anything individually.. will keep taking Astaxanthin..
    I know something has improved! !!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    suzanne (verified owner)

    When I recently knocked the thin ageng celtic skin on my right hand, I noticed it took a shorter time to heal without the usual bruising effect.
    Taking 2 astaxanthin daily was the only different thing in my daily routine so I would attribute the fast healing effect to astaxanthin.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Judith Hawkins (verified owner)

    We bought this product largely based on a review by Ian Wishart, investigative journalist in his book Show Me The Money Honey. As it is the highest rating antioxidant available, and the fact that one of our family has colon cancer, and it has been tested as beneficial, we are trialing it. It has, so far, been very efffective in making a difference with rosacea, skin improvement being another benefit. We will continue to use it.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kirstin (verified owner)

    Since using Astaxanthin (I’m onto my 2nd bottle) the pain I get in my neck and shoulders has greatly reduced and no longer affects my sleep. Totally worth it just for that but have also noticed an improvement in my energy levels and several people have commented that my skin is glowing.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrea Taylor (verified owner)

    Definitely had more energy taking these .

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrea Taylor (verified owner)

    Awesome product

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jan (verified owner)

    Very pleased with Astaxanthin as my skin has improved a lot. Also my energy levels are better.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paula (verified owner)

    This is great for energy . Have had first bottle now on second. A definite increase in overall energy

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andy (verified owner)

    Good product

  46. Rated 4 out of 5

    Zaana (verified owner)

    fast delivery! good product

  47. Rated 4 out of 5

    jon Taylor (verified owner)

    Fast delivery! good product

  48. Rated 4 out of 5

    Joan (verified owner)

    I am on 2nd order and have noticed nails are stronger,my skin is more taught and knowing it is good for the heart always a winner!

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shona (verified owner)

    High Quality Clean Product without fillers and with important co-nutrients to help assimilation

  50. Rated 5 out of 5


    So pleased with this product. I noticed an improvement in my digestion after i started taking it. Have recommended it to my friends as well.

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    alan saunders (verified owner)

    A great product and a great personal service. Well done.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    TP (verified owner)

    Probably one of the best supplements I’ve taken my general overall health has definitely improved since taking this product – I love it!

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dianne (verified owner)

    Great product, improved digestion and skin condition.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    James (verified owner)

    A quality product. I have been taking it for 3 months and have noticed an increase in energy and an improvement in skin health.

  55. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Harris (verified owner)

    This is my second bottle and have already noticed better energy levels.

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jan Johnson (verified owner)

    Very pleased as my fingernails have improved markedly and are not breaking as they used to do!

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adrian Koppens (verified owner)

    All good. Delivery efficient. Generally feeling more energy, less tired and skin improved.

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ron Blair

    A great product and easy to order

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    winnie (verified owner)

    My dad only been taking Astaxanthin for a short time but am looking forward to continuing use and seeing what happens.

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Hook (verified owner)

    Have only recently started on these but am already feeling better for it.

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andy (verified owner)

    good product

  62. Rated 5 out of 5

    LInda Miles (verified owner)

    The “For Eyes” product was fantastic – less tired eyes, sharper vision. Hope this carries over to the new formulation which I’ve just ordered. I haven’t been getting sunburnt though out in the sun a lot!!

  63. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Sommerville (verified owner)

    An excellent product at a reasonable price. My wife & I both take it. Very pleased.

  64. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rose (verified owner)

    Great product.

  65. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane (verified owner)

    I’ve been using Biosphere’s astaxanthin for 5 years now and am always impressed about what it can do. I use it as a supplement for health, add a little bit to face oil for a skin boost as well as a light sunscreen, and occasionally swish it around in my mouth to prevent my gums receding. Its brilliant stuff!

  66. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh Dean (verified owner)

    Fabulous product with an extra 2mg Astaxanthin per capsule at a more competitive price. Hard to go past, seriously.

  67. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ross Corlett (verified owner)

    since being reccommended by a friend, I have been taking astaxanthin for about 3-4 weeks now in conjunction with glucosamine and condrointon. Its a bit too early to tell yet but I think that my joints ar much better than they were when I was only taking the glucosamine with the condrointon.
    We’ll see in the next few weeks I guess but I will definately get another bottle of it.

  68. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cameron McCarthy (verified owner)

    Fabulous product! Easy to take softgels, great immune support… and I don’t burn in the sun!!! Many thanks for providing such an amazing product, and incredible customer service. Cameron

  69. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jaqueline (verified owner)

    I have had more energy since taking this product. Easy to take, contains no sugar or filler.

  70. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew Wallis (verified owner)

    A great quality product at a very competitive price compared to others on the market.Very pleased with the purchase.

  71. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wendy Carson (verified owner)

    Since taking one capsule daily of Astaxanthin my skin has strengthened. It is much less sun-sensitive meaning I haven’t used sunblock this summer. Also I have had greatly reduced occurrence of spontaneous petechiae.

  72. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jonelle Ross (verified owner)

    It’s early days of use but I’m am looking forward to results.
    I am hoping for improvement with my vision and not needing reading glasses and the arthritis in my lower back perhaps improved reduction of inflammation

  73. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jenny Cole (verified owner)

    I am very happy with this product. I enjoy excellent health and use of this powerful antioxidant helps to maintain it.

  74. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tonii overend (verified owner)

    Not sure think they are working but only way is to come off them to fined out

  75. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jimmy (verified owner)

    I’ve been taking Biosphere Astaxanthin for about a year. I feel it gives me more energy and a boosted immunity system. For the first time ever I went a year without taking sick leave. I play football through winter and my recovery has been a lot faster after games since I have been taking Astaxanthin. If you are looking for a powerful antioxidant, this is it.

  76. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Eagle (verified owner)

    This product makes the difference for me between dry scratchy eyes, and comfortable vision even after hours of computer use.

  77. Rated 5 out of 5

    Trevor Cheshire (verified owner)

    Improved torn meniscus in knee by reducing inflamation.

  78. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andy (verified owner)

    good product!

  79. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda (verified owner)

    Excellent product, definitely helps with recovery

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Ingredients – 60 Softgels

Each gelatin softgel contains:

Natural Astaxanthin (sourced from Haematococcus pluvialis algae extract) – 6mg

Vitamin E – 10mg

Phosphatidylcholine – 10mg

Other Ingredients: olive oil, encapsulating aid

Contains no: gluten, dairy, sugar, artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or preservatives.



Take 2-3 capsules per day with dietary fat.
Astaxanthin requires fat for optimal absorption so take with a fat-containing meal.

Astaxanthin Reviews


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Biosphere Astaxanthin

Biosphere Astaxanthin is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory that offers great protection without the harmful effects of many anti-inflammatory drugs. As a natural antioxidant, Astaxanthin works to control free radicals and reduce inflammation throughout the entire body rather than targeting specific areas.1

To get the recommended amounts of Astaxanthin via seafood requires extreme quantities that are expensive and impractical. Biosphere Astaxanthin provides a cost effective and easy way to get ideal amounts of Astaxanthin each day, without having to consume copious amounts of seafood. Biosphere Astaxanthin comes from natural algae called Haematoccous Pluvialis, extracted in New Zealand. Recommended by our medical professionals.


Astaxanthin is a reddish-pink pigment created by microalgae that give many sea creatures such as krill, salmon and crayfish their red colour.2 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 dormant without food or water for over 40 years.3 It is these protective properties that have sparked so many new studies with new human applications constantly being discovered.

Biosphere provides a cost effective and easy way to get ideal amounts of Astaxanthin each day.

Astaxanthin Benefits


Of the 700 carotenoids discovered in nature so far, Astaxanthin has proven to be the most powerful. The extent of human benefit potential is growing as we learn more about how antioxidants play a role in our well-being.


Joint Health

Help support Joint and Skeletal
health by reducing inflammation
and pain.


Brain Health

Help improve memory while protecting your brain from free radicals

Sun Protection

Skin Health

Help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful free radical causing UV rays


Exercise Recovery

Help improve endurance and recovery after strenuous exercise

Heart Health

Heart Health

Help energize the heart to normalise blood pressure and cholesterol levels


Eye Health

Support healthy eyes and slows down age-related macular degeneration

Immune System

Immune Health

Help improve the immune response to potential threats in your body


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.



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.


Haematococcus pluvialis Algae40,000
Phaffia Yeast10,000

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

Astaxanthin may reduce soccer player muscle damage
This double blind trial gave 4mg of astaxanthin daily or placebo to 40 young soccer players and through blood tests, found better results in the Astaxanthin group for inflammation, immune system function and muscle recuperation. They concluded Astaxanthin reduces muscle damage, preventing inflammation induced by rigorous training. Published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Astaxanthin shows potential for brain health – Human study
This study showed twelve weeks of supplementation with Astaxanthin were associated with significant reductions in phospholipid hydroperoxides, known to accumulate abnormally in the red blood cells of people with dementia, compared to the placebo. Published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Astaxanthin may protect skin from within
This study found that dietary supplementation of Astaxanthin effectively prevented features of photoaging such as transepidermal water loss, and wrinkle formation in the skin of mice exposed to UVA radiation, published in PLoS One.

Astaxanthin shows anti-diabetic potential
Astaxanthin may protect cells exposed to high-glucose levels which happens with diabetes from the oxidative stress associated with abnormally high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar and the oxidative stress that occurs with it are linked to many diabetic issues including kidney disease, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Astaxanthin may extend endurance by boosting mitochondrial action
Scientists from the University of Sao Paulo report that long term supplementation with astaxanthin significantly delayed the time to exhaustion by 29% of lab rats in a swimming test. As exercise is associated with an overproduction of free radicals in muscles, with Astaxanthin they saw an increase in glutathione, limited oxidative stress and delayed exhaustion, published in Nutrients.

Study supports Astaxanthin’s immune boosting power
The study found a reduction in C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the Astaxanthin groups, as well as an increase in the activity of their immune systems natural killer cells. Dietary astaxanthin was conlucded to decrease a DNA damage biomarker and enhance immune response in young healthy females. Published in Nutrition & Metabolism

Astaxanthin the perfect summer supplement – Skin protection effects
A randomized, double blind human study with 23 healthy Japanese adults over the course of 9 weeks found the Astaxanthin group had a reduction in skin moisture loss in the irradiated area compared with the placebo, published in Nutrients.

Study shows astaxanthin is effective against daily mental and physical fatigue
Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) anaylsis showed that Astaxanthin significantly reduced perceived symptoms of mental and physical fatigue compared to the placebo. These included improvements in clarity of thinking, concentration, motivation and mood. Published in the Journal of Clinical Therapeutics & Medicines.

Astaxanthin shows benefits for obese health
Researchers found daily doses of 5 or 20mg of Astaxanthin for three weeks were associated with increases in levels of the body’s own antioxidant defenses, as well as decreases in levels of oxidative species, published in Phytotherapy Research

Astaxanthin linked to improved heart health
Result from a randomized double bling studied indicated that daily supplementation of Astaxanthin reduced plasma hydroxyl fatty acids levels, indicating that astaxanthin protects sensitive fatty acids from oxidation according to the International Journal of Vitamin and Nutrition Research.

Astaxanthin supplement may improve heart rates during exercise
Data indicated that a daily 12mg dose of Astaxanthin reduced heart rate by 10% during long distance running published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Astaxanthin may protect skin health from within
Research from a 16 week clinic trial with 65 healthy women found that Astaxanthin may protect against wrinkles and moisture loss in skin, as well as improving skin elasticity compared to placebo according to the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition.

Astaxanthin consumption linked to skin rejuvenation
Four weeks of daily supplementation of 4mg per day resulted in significant reductions in markers of oxidative stress over 20% in facial skin according to results published in Nutrition Research.

Astaxanthin shows benefits against colitis
Astaxanthin was associated with a reduction in the occurrence of ulcers in the lining of the colon, as well as lower levels of pro-inflammatory compounds, according to findings published in Chemico-Biological Interactions.

Protective effects of Astaxanthin against light-induced retinal damage.
With light-induced retinal damage to both test groups, the ones that received Astaxanthin saw protection against light damage via the mechanism of its antioxidant effect, according to findings published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Astaxanthin supplementation shows improvement in dry eye suffers.
In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of astaxanthin in patients with dry eyes, researchers found a significant improvement with the Astaxanthin group compared to the control with an increase in tear production and improvement in tear film stability according to a paper published in Clinical Opthalmology.

Free-radicals, Antioxidants, & Inflammation

As nature’s most powerful antioxidant, Astaxanthin’s key role in the body is cleaning up free radicals, resulting in a reduction in inflammation. As inflammation goes down so does the severity of a long list of health concerns.

Free radicals are unstable molecules that have lost an electron, becoming positively charged and chemically reactive. These unstable molecules proceed to cause damage to cell membranes, often damaging the DNA of the cell and causing inflammation. Free radicals are caused by many elements in our environment and lifestyle which for most people is slowly deteriorating through a lack of exercise, poor diet and a toxic environment. External toxins such as air pollution, pesticides in our food, cigarettes, alcohol and many more, are all resulting in the increase of free radicals in our bodies. Normally our bodies should be able to neutralise free radicals, however with an imbalance of free radicals to antioxidants we are experiencing increased amounts of oxidative stress and inflammation.

Antioxidants are what our bodies use to counter free radicals. Obtained from our diet and produced in our body, antioxidants work to mop up free radicals by offering up an electron to stabilise the unstable molecule. Unfortunately, we do not produce enough antioxidants to protect ourselves from typical levels of free radicals which is why a diet high in colourful fruits and vegetables are extremely beneficial. There is, however, a downside to some antioxidants in high concentrations such as vitamin C and E, which after offering electrons to free radicals then become pro-oxidants themselves. Pro-oxidants induce oxidative stress and are just as harmful as free radicals. Studies have shown Astaxanthin will never become a pro-oxidant after offering elections and as an antioxidant helps neutralise multiple free radicals simultaneously, earning its name as nature’s most powerful antioxidant.

Inflammation is an imperative biological process that enables us to survive the way we do, typically presenting itself as redness, pain, swelling or warm skin. It is our body’s answer to repairing damaged tissue and fighting infection by signaling areas of concern, however, chronic inflammation can be extremely harmful.

Sunburn is an example of visual inflammation with the skin turning red, becoming sensitive and warm due to the UV damage from the sun. More often than not, when there is inflammation, there is oxidative stress that can often go unnoticed for years if it doesn’t cause any obvious pain. Most processed foods, smoking, alcohol, stress, fast food and infections are key triggers of inflammation that identify as toxic and harmful to our bodies resulting in an immune response. Being exposed to any key triggers for years with low levels of unnoticeable inflammation eventually adds up, as the damage that has been done finally arises in the form of a disease.

To combat the results of inflammation anti-inflammatory drugs are one option, but often come with long lists of potential harmful side effects. Astaxanthin and other natural anti-inflammatories can be a better alternative as they help increase your bodies level of antioxidants, or free radical fighting army, to take control of any key inflammatory triggers before they grow into a serious problem.

Astaxanthin can affect a large range of inflammation mediators but in a less concentrated manner, resulting in an overall protection throughout the body, without the negative side effects.

Chronic Inflammation

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.

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 4mg a day for general health and antioxidant boost and look to increase your dosage towards 12mg each day to notice significant benefits. Make sure you take your Astaxanthin with food, ideally along side some healthy fats to assit with absorption.c and should be avoided.

From Dr Ron Goedeke, MD.

Ron Goedeke


Ron Goedeke MD, BSc Hons MBChB, FNZCAM Updated August 2018

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.

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[2] Astaxanthin – Wikipedia
[3] Astaxanthin – WebMD

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For more resources, visit the Astaxanthin Library

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