Natural health spokesperson Joe Mercola appeared on Dr. Oz today. Mercola, reknowned for his strong and vocal opinions, revealed his choice for most important nutritional supplement: Astaxanthin. What is Astaxanthin, and is it safe for use during pregnancy?
Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant, found mostly in fish and seafood. It is derived from microalgae, and its red pigment is what gives salmon, lobster and shrimp their pink/red color.
While supplements are generally considered questionable during pregnancy, Astaxanthin is found in certain fish and marine oils, which some pregnant women take for the known benefits of fish oils on fetal brain development. Astaxanthin can also be found in foods, including a number of things pregnant women might already be eating.
Some food sources of Astaxanthin include:
red sea bream
Fish should be eaten in moderation during pregnancy due to risk of mercury or PCB exposure. Astaxanthin is also found in certain fish oils, particularly Krill oil.
Always check with your provider before experimenting with supplements during pregnancy.