Astaxanthin is a chemical compound that is classed under a larger group of chemical compounds known as terpenes. The Food and Drug Administration has approved it as food coloring or color additive for particular uses in animals and fish foods.

Moreover Astaxanthin has been approved by European food authorities as a supplement. The primary natural sources that are used to produce astaxanthin are mentioned below:

  1. Euphausia pacifica (Pacific krill)
  2. Euphausia superba (Antarctic krill)
  3. Haematococcus Pluvialis (Algae)
  4. Pandalus borealis (Arctic shrimp)
  5. Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous, formerly phaffia rhodozyma (yeast)

Let’s here list out those aspects of astaxanthin that are under discussion in this article:

  • Is Astaxanthin a dietary supplement?
  • Uses
  • Dosage
  • Health benefits
  • Side effects
  • Safety measures

Is Astaxanthin a dietary supplement?

The basic or primary function of astaxanthin is its use as a dietary supplement for humans. However researches have not approved yet whether the supplements are effective against certain health disorders or not. But it’s safe to use according to top manufacturers and health experts of the world.

Astaxanthin is an antioxidant. Its effect protects cells from getting damaged. It can also improve the functioning of the immune system.


Astaxanthin is applied on skin to reduce wrinkles, sunburn and other cosmetic benefits. It is also used as coloring for chicken, shrimp, crabs, salmon and egg production.

Astaxanthin also proves effective against following health disorders:

  • Dyspepsia (indigestion)
  • AMD (age related macular degeneration)
  • Muscle soreness
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Skin problems/sunburn
  • Wrinkled skin

Astaxanthin works best in people with indigestion because of H. pylori infection. It can also symptoms of AMD or damaged retina. Recent researches have proved that astaxanthin can improve damage in the center of the retina in people with AMD.

Astaxanthin proves effective for skin problems too such as sunburn, wrinkles etc. It can reduce skin damage caused by the sun. The supplements can reduce fine lines and wrinkles in middle aged women and men. It overall lightens your skin up and improves appearance.


Astaxanthin’s dosage depends on age, health and medical condition of the patient. Your doctor may recommend you the dose according to your condition and response to the medication.

  • Always follow instructions of your health care provider strictly.
  • Take exactly as prescribed.
  • Never use on your own without consulting a doctor.
  • Take after meals.
  • Stop the use if any side effect occurs.
  • Astaxanthin doesn’t always work for certain medical conditions so switch to some other medication if it doesn’t work for you.
  • All natural supplements are not necessarily safe that’s why dosage can be important.

Health benefits:

Astaxanthin carries a number of health benefits and it’s linked to healthy skin, heart health, endurance and joint ache or cancer treatment. It may also help one against kidney disorder and diabetes.

Astaxanthin is safe when used with the combination of other medications as a treatment for certain medical conditions.

Side effects:

The supplement is all safe when used properly. It’s usually taken by mouth for a specific period of time as directed by the doctor. Possible side effects may include:

  • Stomach disorder
  • Increased bowel movement
  • Restlessness
  • Dizziness etc.

Safety measures:

  1. Never use on your own without consulting a doctor.
  2. Inform your doctor if you have allergic reactions.
  3. Pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid using astaxanthin.
  4. Keep out of the reach of children.