The power of astaxanthin in your body

Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant classified as a carotenoid, which includes organic pigments found in various species of plants, algae, animals, bacteria and fungi. In essence, astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants that can be absorbed by the human body. It helps to reduce oxidative stress throughout the body, while contributing to recovery time after exercise. Even with a basic idea of what astaxanthin is, it is important to understand exactly how astaxanthin works in the body.

How does astaxanthin work in the human body?

The body depends on antioxidants to provide healthy balance and healing power to damaged cell structures. Simply defined, antioxidants fight the process of oxidation, which leads to the breakdown of cells over time.

Antioxidants sacrifice their structure to repair the development of free radicals, slowing and potentially healing the oxidation process, thus allowing for stabilized health at the cellular level. Healthy cellular function equals better overall health and is a prerequisite for achieving optimal health and peak physical performance.

Astaxanthin is a unique antioxidant because it is bioavailable throughout the body. The skin, muscles, ligaments, tendons, eyes, cardiovascular system, nervous system and internal organs are all receptive to astaxanthin. These soft tissues appreciate and are able to function better due to the presence of astaxanthin's active antioxidant power.

Benefits of Astaxanthin in the human body

Compared to other antioxidants, astaxanthin is very powerful. Common antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamins A, C and E, have much less antioxidant power than astaxanthin when applied to human physiology.

Gandalf's natural astaxanthin is:

550x more potent than vitamin E

6000x more potent than vitamin C

800x more potent than co-enzyme Q10

Adding a supplemental health agent such as astaxanthin to a daily diet and routine exercise program provides health benefits throughout the body.

Recommended dosage

Antioxidant 2 – 4 mg per daily
Arthritis 4 – 12 mg per daily
Tendonitis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 4 – 12 mg per daily
Silent inflammation (C-reactive protein) 4 – 12 mg per daily
Internal Sunscreen 4 – 8 mg per daily
Inner beauty and skin improvement 2 – 4 mg per daily
Immune system support 2 – 4 mg per daily
Cardiovascular Health 4 – 8 mg per daily
Strength and endurance 4 – 8 mg per daily
Brain and Central Nervous System Health 4 – 8 mg per daily
Eye Health 4 – 8 mg per daily
Topical use 20 – 100 ppm


No known side effects or contraindications of astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring carotenoid found in animals that feed in environments where astaxanthin production is high. For example, it is astaxanthin that gives salmon its brightly colored flesh and shellfish their bright pink or red color when cooked. Flamingos also feed on carotenoids from marine life, which their bodies then convert into astaxanthin, giving them their characteristic pink color. Flamingos are the only animals that have this ability to convert other carotenoids into astaxanthin in their bodies.

While there are no known toxicity issues when supplementing with the GRAS recommended dose of astaxanthin, some harmless effects have been noted. Those who exceeded the recommended dose reported slight changes in pigmentation, resulting in a pink or orange hue. However, astaxanthin is also considered an asset in combating oxidative stress associated with UV radiation.