Frequently Asked Questions

Natural Astaxanthin vs Synthetic Astaxanthin

Natural astaxanthin from Haematococcus pluvialis has a specific chemical structure, translating to superior functional and therapeutic properties that other synthetic astaxanthin do not possess. Further along the food chain, natural astaxanthin can also be found from various other species such as wild krill and salmon as they feed on the green algae H. pluvialis. Due to the limited availability and relatively high cost, aquaculture farmers typically opt for synthetic astaxanthin as a feed source to achieve a similar visual property. However, synthetic astaxanthin does not possess the same therapeutic properties as natural astaxanthin and have not been tested for safety. So, make sure you know your source of astaxanthin!

  Natural Astaxanthin
(from H. pluvialis)
Synthetic Astaxanthin
Strong antioxidant properties  Yes No
Therapeutic properties Yes No
Safety studies for supplementation in humans Yes No
 History of direct consumption in humans Yes No
 Ester form Yes No
 Solely in SS form Yes No
 Produced from petrochemicals No Yes

Why should I take astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin is the most powerful natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory remedy to combat free radicals and oxidative stress that our bodies are exposed to daily. Many chronic illnesses stems from oxidative stress and inflammation. Astaxanthin offers full protection for every cell in our body, preventing development of illnesses.

Is astaxanthin safe; are there any side effects?

Humans have consumed astaxanthin for as long as we have been consuming seafood and no toxicity or safety issue has emerged. Tests on astaxanthin as a dietary supplement have also shown no side effects or adverse events. The US FDA has also awarded astaxanthin a GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) classification.

What is the recommended dose of astaxanthin?

The recommended dose of astaxanthin ranges from 2 to 12 mg/day, dependent on your purpose of taking astaxanthin and your body’s ability to absorb astaxanthin. Generally, low dose is sufficient for daily maintenance and higher dose for better support.

How should I take astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin is fat-soluble, which means it is better absorbed when taken with meals, especially those with high fat.