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Health Benefits

Sports Nutrition

AstaReal® Astaxanthin neutralizes free radicals during exercise, and continues to work after exercise to support muscle recovery and boost the effects of training.

  • Helps to improve physical endurance.
  • Supports recovery from exercise.
  • Boosts the effect of exercise training.
  • Promotes fat utilization for sustained energy.
  • Supports mitochondrial function during exercise.
  • Helps support aging muscles.

Contact the AstaReal team to learn more about our Health Canada approved endurance claim.

Dosage range

4-12 mg/day

Where it is

skeletal muscle, cardiac muscle, mitochondrial membranes.

How it works

AstaReal® Astaxanthin deposits in mitochondria-rich muscles to help support energy production and endurance during exercise. Studies showed that AstaReal® Astaxanthin helped improve energy production by promoting fat utilization over carbohydrates. AstaReal® Astaxanthin boosted the effect of training in paramedics, increased power output in cyclists, and reduced lactic acid accumulation in runners.

After exercise AstaReal® Astaxanthin also helps promote recovery, as shown in soccer players who had less muscle damage after training and supplementation, and reduced levels of systemic inflammation marker C-reactive protein.

Exercise adaptation and mobility are affected in the elderly by the onset of sarcopenia, which is the natural and progressive decline in muscle function and mass with age. AstaReal® Astaxanthin may promote healthy muscle aging based on results of a University of Washington study that showed improved muscle gains from strength and endurance training in individuals 65+ when combined with AstaReal® Astaxanthin supplementation.

Number of AstaReal clinical studies

Over 15 human clinical studies

Over 160 studies in all

Open-source review paper

Wong SK, Ima-Nirwana S, Chin KY. Effects of astaxanthin on the protection of muscle health (Review). Exp Ther Med. 2020 Oct;20(4):2941-2952. doi: 10.3892/etm.2020.9075. Epub 2020 Jul 29. PMID: 32855659; PMCID: PMC7444411.

Wika, Alissa; Reason, Kyle W.; Green, Matt; Killen, Lauren; McAllister, Matthew J.; and Waldman, Hunter (2022) “Astaxanthin Reduces Heart Rate and Carbohydrate Oxidation Rates During Exercise in Overweight Individuals,” International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 16 : Iss. 2, Pages 252 – 266.

Contact the AstaReal team for information on additional studies.

Bulk product options

AstaReal® L10, AstaReal® CWS25, AstaReal® P4AF, AstaReal® CLEAR100, AstaReal® Softgels, AstaReal® Biomass.

Finished product options

Visit to find finished products containing AstaReal® Astaxanthin.

Related patents

Medicament for improvement of duration of muscle function or treatment of muscle disorders or diseases US 6245818

Use of xanthophylls for improvement of duration of muscle function or treatment of muscle disorders CA 2299366

Composition for body fat reduction JP 5165894

Reducing Muscle Atrophy by Administering Astaxanthin US 10828269

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