Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant and free radical eliminator, is a colorful fat-soluble pigment that gives salmon its pink color. Astaxanthin is at least 10 times more potent as an antioxidant than the other standard carotenoids.
In nature, astaxanthin is found in types of micro algae and fish that eat them: salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish and other crustaceans. Even flamingos get their bright colors from this amazing antioxidant.
If you are allergic to astaxanthin, you may experience side effects like hives, difficulty in breathing, and swelling on the face. Those who are allergic to seafood should consult their physician first because they may be allergic to the natural astaxanthin found in seafood.
Other side effects may include:
- Low blood pressure
- Hormonal changes
- Allergic reaction
You can minimize the risk of suffering from side effects from this supplement by consulting your physician. While astaxanthin is issued as an over-the-counter medicine and does not require prescriptions from physicians, the safe dosage will still have to depend on your age, height, and medical condition.
Note that astaxanthin side effects are very rare which is why most people still use it as a non-prescription food supplement.