013 – Astaxanthin, the World’s Strongest Antioxidant – Dr. Robert Corish

Astaxanthin is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant. It is a red colored pigment that gives color to salmon, krill and other animals. Natural astaxanthin is derived from micro algae and as an antioxidant is many times more powerful than vitamins C or E. Some of the established studies on astaxanthin reveal that it provides benefits for skin, joint, and cardiovascular health.

My interview on astaxanthin is with Dr. Robert Corish. Dr. Corish consults and lectures internationally on preventive medicine, natural health and toxicology. He is the medical adviser for Cyanotech, the makers of natural astaxanthin. He is the author of A Guide to Men’s Health, Answers to Questions All Men Should Ask Their Doctor.



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1 Jo March 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Dr Robert Corish, medical director, Supreme Biotechnologies, which makes the antioxidant AstaSupreme™ astaxanthin…

How about interviewing a credible MD who has no relationship or financial ties to the astaxanthin supplement industry?!!! IMO, this completely destroys his objectivity and, therefore, credibility on the subject of the benefits of astaxanthin supplementation.

I get so tired of these type of interviews, and even programs on public TV.


2 Steve Lankford March 18, 2014 at 8:35 am

Do you have any specific complaints about the content Dr. Corish provided? Is the content he shared inaccurate or misleading? If so, please state your opinion.

Is your complaint, that he is associated with a company that makes astaxanthin? Many, if not most, good companies have spokespersons who can articulate the benefits of their products. This alone does not make him an unreliable source.

You cast aspersions on his credibility without any backup of your opinion. So why is your opinion more credible than his? I am always willing to look at the facts regarding one of my podcasts, but you have provided nothing. You’ll need to do better than that.

Who is your expert and why should we have confidence. That would be useful.


3 Chad October 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Do you know what the suggested/optimal dose would be for someone diagnosed with early stage Parkinson’s? Do you know of any other helpful treatments?


4 Steve Lankford October 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

You could contact the company and inquire if they know of any studies. You could look at their website and peruse the studies. I don’t know if there are any specific studies with Parkinson’s.
There are studies showing that high amounts of Vitaline CoQ10 showed benefits. I do know people who have had some results in slowing down their progression. Good luck and best wishes.


5 Hirohisa November 17, 2012 at 8:39 am

Anita, thanks for the qoisteun I will be uploading an article about Astaxanthin offering more extensive information about the ongoing research into this amazing antioxidant.Here are the highlights for you now:1) Because of it’s potent antioxidant activity and it’s ability to protect inside and outside of cell membranes, it protects eye and skin health like no other nutrient. For the eye, it gets into eye tissue more readily than other nutrients and helps protect the retina, lens and macula. Studies show better visual accuity and focus in as little as 28 days! For the skin, again, it’s ability to actually get into that tissue is somewhat unique and powerful. A 4-month study showed better skin appearance, reduction on fine lines and a significant increase in skin density truly anti-aging.2) Beacuse of it’s role in moderating over 300 genes geared to control inflammation, clinical data demonstrates better joint and tendon function, this was at 12mg/day. And as I’ve discussed before, inflammation is a key underpinning for cardiovascular disease, so Astaxanthin has shown nice results in normalizing lipids, relaxing blood vessels and normalizing CRP, a key indicator of underlying inflammation.3) These effects also seem to have a positive impact on immune function and studies have shown increases in natural killer cell activity and immunoglobulin production, indicating help in both of the ways that the body fights off invaders Look for the article soon and don’t hesitate to get in touch for more details!


6 Vinod Kumar October 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I have heard Dr. Robert Corish’s interview with Dr. Mercola. From which I have come to the conclusion that 12 mg dose of astaxanthin covers most systems in the body and is completely safe. I was just wondering if the same dosage is quite safe for a pregnant lady to protect her growing fetus. I hope that it may be safe. Does anyone have any comments. Thanks!


7 Vinod Kumar October 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I have heard Dr. Robert Corish’s interview with Dr. Mercola. From which I have come to the conclusion that 12 mg dose covers most system and is completely safe. I was just wondering if the same dosage is quite safe for a pregnant lady to protect her growing fetus. I hope that it may be safe. Does anyone have any comments. Thanks!


8 Phillip Estrada June 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

I’ve been researching astaxanthin and found this website saying that in order for astaxanthin to be ” fully absorbed, a fat soluble nutrient needs the presence of fats. Of course you want healthy fats, so some manufacturers will include flax seed oil or other Omega-3 sources in their astaxanthin supplements – they’re hoping to boost absorption.
Fortunately, there is a very simple way to get naturally occurring astaxanthin with phospholipids, and therefore use more of what you take: Krill Oil”.
I’m asking because in your interview with Dr. Mercola you didn’t mention of any problem with body asorbing astaxanthin. This is in proveYou.com.
Thanks for the info


9 Steve Lankford June 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Hi Phil,
I agree with you about the needs for good fats and that astaxanthin is better absorbed when taken with fats. It is best taken with meals that contain some fat. I also agree that krill is a good source for astaxanthin however the amount of astaxanthin in Krill is very little compared to what can be received through the astaxanthin capsules. The studies with astaxanthin were done with the higher amounts which would be hard to achieve with Krill alone.

FYI, I didn’t interview Dr. Mercola, so I’m not sure if you are referring to one of my interviews or not.

Thanks for writing. Best wishes.



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