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Astaxanthin, an anti-oxidant, is used as a supplemental therapy for cancer, ocular diseases, sunburns, male infertility, cardiovascular diseases including stroke and hyperlipidemia.


Astaxanthin is an antioxidant that potentially scavenges reactive oxygen species (ROS) including singlet oxygen and superoxide anions that involve in the cellular damage and degenerative diseases/disorders.


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Astaxanthin Indications / Astaxanthin Uses

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Astaxanthin Adverse Reactions / Astaxanthin Side Effects

Astaxanthin can cause hypotension, reproductive hormones alteration, airway problems, hypocalcemia, decreased blood counts, loss of libido, gynecomastia, increased hair growth and skin pigmentation.


Astaxanthin should be used with caution in patients with osteoporosis, immune disorders, parathyroid disorders, asthma, hypertension and allergy.

Special Precautions

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Other Drug Interactions

Astaxanthin may interact with ACE-II inhibitors, angiotensin-receptor blockers, anti-histamines, cytochrome P450 inhibitors, immunomodulators, statins, calcium-lowering drugs and oral contraceptive drugs.

Other Interactions

Astaxanthin may interact with several herbs including black cohosh, carotenoids, lycopene, lutein, canthaxanthin, red yeast rice and saw palmetto.


The recommended adult oral dosage of Astaxanthin is 6 mg for eight weeks. However, no serious adverse events have been reported up to 19.25 mg of oral dosage and up to 29 days of treatment.

For the treatment of sunburns, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and musculoskeletal injury, the recommended adult dosage is 2-12 mg/day for 2-6 months.

For male infertility, an oral dosage of 16 mg/day for three months should be considered.


Astaxanthin can be taken before or after food intake

List of Contraindications

Astaxanthin and Pregnancy

USFDA Pregnancy Category is unknown. However, Astaxanthin is contraindicated during pregnancy. Several research studies suggested that Astaxanthin is unsafe in gestational women as it interferes with the reproductive hormones.

Astaxanthin and Lactation

Astaxanthin is not safe in lactating mothers.

Astaxanthin and Children

Do not give Astaxanthin to children without a physician’s advice.

Astaxanthin and Geriatic

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Astaxanthin and Other Contraindications

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Lab interference

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