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What is astaxanthin and what are the benefits?

Astaxanthin: Simply put it is a food coloring - usually yellow. It does not help with vit a. Probably has no medical value. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 12mg astaxanthin along with 5000iu vit A daily?

Is it safe to take 12mg astaxanthin along with 5000iu vit A daily?

Yes: There is no known toxic dose of astaxanthin. There is also no toxic dose of beta carotene (which our bodies convert to Vit A as needed. It is wise to limit pre-formed Vit. A to 10,000 iu/day to avoid toxicity. It is perfectly safe to take 12 mg of astaxanthin with 5000 iu of Vit A. ...Read more

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Is astaxanthin a good antioxidant to take?

Is astaxanthin a good antioxidant to take?

Doubt it: There are many people out there, selling a variety of "antioxidants". Such products are not fda approved medicines, so their effects and side effects are not well known when real-life people take them. It is safer to just eat a healthy diet containing natural fruits and natural vegetables, plus good proteins & healthier fats. ...Read more

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Can astaxanthin lengthens lifespan?

Can astaxanthin lengthens lifespan?

Yes, for worms: Astaxanthin is a caroteneoid found in salmon ; other seafood that is a powerful antioxidant ; also has anti-inflammatory properties- see http://www.Huffingtonpost.Com/suzy-cohen-rph/astaxanthin_b_2750910.Html it can extend the lifespan of worms but it would take about a hundred years to find out if it can expand human lifespan; however, anything that reduces inflammation may help extend lifespan. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits to the supplement astaxanthin?

What are the health benefits to the supplement astaxanthin?

Need More Data: Astaxanthin is a reddish pigment that occurs naturally in certain algae and causes the pink or red color in salmon, trout, lobster, shrimp, and other seafood. While astaxanthin is an antioxidant advocated by some for treating alzheimer's disease, parkinson's disease, stroke, high cholesterol, and age-related macular degeneration (amd) insufficient data exists to support using this supplement. ...Read more

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Is astaxanthin helpful w/ dry macular degeneration?

Is astaxanthin helpful w/ dry macular degeneration?

Possible: This is an antioxident supplement, but once damage is done it probably wont help. On the other hand if you dont hve side effects it cannot hurt to try. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about taking astaxanthin lowered their blood pressure?

Can you tell me about taking astaxanthin lowered their blood pressure?

Astaxanthin: read this: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1063-astaxanthin.aspx?activeingredientid=1063&activeingredientname=astaxanthin It isn't even used for high BP although there isn't any good evidence for any particular use of this. There likely is even less for bp ...Read more

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I am prescribed astaxanthin during pregnancy, is it safe ?

I am prescribed astaxanthin during pregnancy, is it safe
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Unsure, but probably: Unfortunately as a non-rx supplement, it is not regulated by the fda, so safety is not studied. It is however a carotene (like found in foods) it is not converted to vitamin a (retinol) in the human body. Like other carotenoids, astaxanthin has self-limited absorption orally and such low toxicity by mouth that no toxic syndrome is known. ...Read more

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Femara is metabolized in liver by cytochrome p450 system. Astaxanthin says "use cautiously w drugs metabolized by liver's cytochrome p450 enzyme system; does this mean don't use astaxanthin w femara?

Femara is metabolized in liver by cytochrome p450 system. Astaxanthin says "use cautiously w drugs metabolized by liver's cytochrome p450 enzyme system; does this mean don't use astaxanthin w femara?

Not necesarilly but: Virtually all drugs are metabolized by cytochrome p450 enzymes.Astaxanthin can stimulate these, so it could lead to lower blood levels of "certain drugs" according to http://www.Naturalmedicinejournal.Com/article_content.Asp?Article=293. I no of no evidence that Femara is one of the drugs it interacts with. Small amounts of astaxanthin are unlikely to have much effect.Ask the doc who prescribed it. ...Read more

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