although superfood collagen is getting plenty of well-deserved attention of late, we’ve been throwing back a beauty elixir of another kind lately and have become obsessed. One of the most impressive skincare supplements we’ve tried is also one of the most obscure (and hardest to pronounce): astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin has become the pre-sun, all-vacay-long pill we can’t live without for it’s ability to keep skin even and strong. Benefits range from reducing inflammation to inhibiting sunburns from the inside out.
Even if your beauty supplement cabinet is as extra as ours, find out why we think this is one you should make room for…
What You Should Know: Astaxanthin is a carotenoid (beta-carotene is another!), and causes the red-ish color of salmon, lobster, shrimp and other seafood. It’s also one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature; research has shown the concentration of antioxidants to be “6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10, 550 times stronger than green tea catechins and 75 times stronger than alpha lipoic acid,” as reported by Dr. Axe. Current research shows that astaxanthin is effective in protecting against certain types of chronic diseases, reducing inflammation, improving joint health and functionality, boosting endurance and energy levels, and diminishing visible signs of physical aging.
Why You Should Try It: We love astaxanthin for all the impressive reasons listed above, but we take it daily for its ability to protect and heal the body’s largest organ: our skin. Studies show that astaxanthin directly improves skin moisture levels, smoothness, elasticity, tone, texture and coloration. It also supports the skin during UV and sun exposure. The results of one study found that a daily dose of astaxanthin increased the amount of time it took for UV radiation to redden the skin, highlighting astaxanthin’s unique ability to support the structure of the skin during sun exposure (Wood, 2001).
Let’s Get Together: Astaxanthin can be applied directly to the skin, but we prefer to take it internally. You can get a good dose of the carotenoid in foods like salmon which is a key part of most beautifying diets anyway, but we prefer to take the supplement daily and especially during and after sun exposure. As always, be sure you’re buying from a responsable and reputable source. Our favorite is brand is Nutrex, sourced directly from Hawaii. CHECK OUT HERE
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Is the Nutrex Astaxanthin vegetarian?
The one they linked is listed as vegan!
The soft gel is made from gelatin, therefore it isn’t vegan.
I started taking Astaxanthin and I’ve found that my body recovers after a strenuous workout and it’s really helped with my endurance. Also, taking it at night I find myself sleeping a lot better!
It’s also in carrots (duh), sweet potatoes, tomatoes (which have carotenoid called lycopene which helps prevent sun damage to the skin), and leafy greens as well if you’re looking for a cholesterol/mercury/preservative/fat-free source! (unlike salmon which has those negatives tied to it)
No astaxanthin is Not in carrots.beta carotene is. Pls look it up people astaxanthin is not in carrots. krill has the best + highest source of astaxanthin
Lycopene is another good supplement. However if possible esp during high uv or hot days take low doses of both. Personally I’ve found taking lycopene astaxanthin & coq10 together that I have to do a lower dose of lycopene maybe 10 mg & low astaxanthin maybe 4 mg bc these supplements make my veins tight like lead when take in medium or high amounts together. So if I want to take 8 mg astaxanthin one day I will not take lycopene that day & for the next day may not take lycopene. & Beta carotene supplements that’s the same. As a single softgel pill I do not take beta carotene bc high beta carotene I think levels over just 5,000 iu or so are not good for you. & I experienced the same side effect of my veins tightening feeling hard like lead – in my legs & arms. So yes even though u can get high levels of lycopene such as 20 mg & 40 mg beware it may not be good for you in those doses. I even tried 15 mg lycopene & had same issue when taken in combination with coq10 100 mg & astaxanthin 4 mg. Therefore 10 mg lycopene was enough but still not taken daily maybe only taking the lycopene 7 times a month. Now this may be relative to body size as I’m 130 lbs. Whereas someone near 300 lbs may handle larger daily dosage
Finally about 2 years ago I heard about astaxanthin first, so I was able to handle 10 mg astaxanthin maybe 7 times a month but that was bc I was Not taking lycopene & coq10 as well. After later discovering the benefits of the latter supplements I had to lower astaxanthin dosage to 4 mg daily. & Keep in mind when I’m referring to each of these supplements (coq10, lycopene, astaxanthin) I’m referring to the ‘softgel’ version. I know for instance there is a company that sells lycopene 25 mg & maybe higher as a hard tablet.
My face is always dry
I have been taking this for years.
And what has your experience been like? Benefits, side effects, dosage?
is it recommended to take in the am or pm?
Thanks for sharing.
@ Chalkboard Mag – even a few minutes of research in to this supplement and it seems there are a few side effects and complications that could arise from taking it. Of course you have a disclaimer, but I think listing out some of them in your recommendations would be really helpful, if your article is to be a comprehensive recommendation to your readers to take a supplement. However, I had never heard of astaxanthin before so it’s great you’re putting a spotlight on it for its benefits.
Thanks for sharing!
I did not know about this. Great information!
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It gives us-my husband and I-lots of energy, so for us, in the am is best. We use it topically, no more than 2 mgs daily. The most important benefit for me was the full control of blood pressure (100/50) now, with no longer having to take bp meds.
I’ve been taking Astavita Astaxanthin from Japan. It’s amazing!