Introduction

Astaxanthin is a compound found in ocean animals and plants. It has been used for its bright orange color in some cosmetics. It is also used as an antioxidant to slow damage to cells. It can be taken as a pill or used as a paste.

Dosages

5 to 40 milligrams once per day

What Research Shows

May Be Effective

  • High Cholesterol —may lower triglycerides and raise HDL (“good”) cholesterolA1, A2.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Safety Notes

It is likely safe to use astaxanthin for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period.

Interactions

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Astaxanthin can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:

  • People with carotenemia should talk to their doctor before taking astaxanthin as it may worsen their symptoms.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
  • Review Date: 07/2019 -
  • Update Date: 09/09/2019 -