Natural astaxanthin from Haematoccous Pluvialis algae is a far superior form of Astaxanthin compared to the synthetic versions derived from petrochemicals. Up to 20 times stronger as an antioxidant, the natural astaxanthin can provide a much greater health benefit than the synthetic versions. Synthetic astaxanthin has not had the extensive safety and health testing as natural. It’s made in the laboratory in a very elaborate process that turns it from oil into astaxanthin. When you eat farm raised salmon, this synthetic astaxanthin is what you’re getting.
Recommended doses range from 2mg to 12mg per day depending on current health and targeted health condition. If you are not consuming a lot of wild seafood on a regular basis but are in good health, low doses of 2-4mg of Astaxanthin is recommended. For people with chronic joint pain, detraining vision, or sensitive skin experts recommended a higher dose of 8-12mg of Astaxanthin per day.
When taking extremely high doses around 50mg per day one may experience a slightly orange tinge in the skin. There are no harmful side effects in any of the safety studies performed on Astaxanthin. There are no known warnings of taking astaxanthin while on any other medications.
Astaxanthin a fat-soluble supplement, best taken with a meal, especially one with plenty of fats. Most Astaxanthin comes in oil based capsules for improved absorption, but it is still recommended to be taken with food. Time of the day does not matter.
Astaxanthin takes a couple weeks of supplementation before the benefits are noticed. It does not work overnight like a prescription drug but rather bioaccumulates in the body. With a half-life of roughly 16 hours, regular supplementation will build up adequate levels over a couple of weeks.