Astaxanthin Buyers Guidebook


Astaxanthin gives salmon and lobster their rich pink and red hues, but most consumers want the health benefits of the antioxidant-rich carotenoid without sucking on seafood every day. Research has shown astaxanthin helps immune, brain, heart, skin, sexual and eye health. Further studies have demonstrated astaxanthin’s ability to improve exercise endurance and reduce inflammation. Thankfully, astaxanthin can be sourced in less fishy ways. But, it mostly comes from the waters.

  • Most commercially available natural astaxanthin is harvested from algae.
  • Astaxanthin testing is conducted via ultraviolet or high-performance liquid chromatography.
  • Brands should ask suppliers about production methods, testing procedures and lead times.