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What is Astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin is a red pigment created by microalgae giving some sea creatures such as salmon, krill, crayfish and flamingos their red colour. When certain algae are stressed, they release Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect it from the change in environment.

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Benefits of Astaxanthin

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Astaxanthin vs. Common Antioxidants

How does Astaxanthin measure up to other antioxidants?

Astaxanthin possesses extraordinary antioxidant properties, much stronger than regular supplements. Compared to the other 699 carotenoids known to man today, Astaxanthin is the most powerful of antioxidants.

Free Radical Absorption

As a free radical scavenger, Astaxanthin is:

Singlet Oxygen Quenching

When it comes to singlet oxygen-quenching Astaxanthin is:

Astaxanthin vs. Super Foods

How does Astaxanthin compare to common super foods?

  • Astaxanthin - 28,222
  • Ginger - 14,840
  • Pomegranate - 10,500
  • Black Beans - 8,040
  • Garlic - 5,346
  • Broccoli - 2,809
  • Spinach - 1,515
  • Olive Oil - 1,150
  • Banana - 879
  • Tomato - 700

ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)

Medical Studies

We have compiled a wide array of astaxanthin studies and information articles. Separated into different health conditions and areas of the body, you can see where medical research has shown Astaxanthin to have a use case and how it might be able to benefit you.

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Astaxanthin has been heavily researched by the medical community
Astaxanthin in Nature

Astaxanthin in Nature

Natural astaxanthin is typically found in a range of marine life, specifically the red and pink coloured kind like salmon, lobsters, flamingos, and krill. These marine creatures all feed on algae that produces astaxanthin, making them pink. When stressed, this algae goes into survival mode, excreting astaxanthin to act as a ‘force field’ around it. The astaxanthin protects the algae from changes in its environment such as ultra-violet light, a lack of nutrition or a change in temperature. Natural astaxanthin allows these algae to live for over 40 years with no food or water in harsh environments.

While you can obtain astaxanthin naturally through seafood this table below gives you an example of how much it contains compared to the algae source.

Source Astaxanthin Concentration (PPM)
Haematococcus pluvialis Algae 40,000
Phaffia Yeast 10,000
Shrimp 1,200
Krill 120
Salmon 5
Lobster 0.3
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Astaxanthin produced around the world

As the popularity and demand for Astaxanthin grows, more growing facilities are popping up all around the world. These facilities all grow the algae haematoccus pluvialis in bulk and then extract astaxanthin from the mass algae they produce.

Most growing facilities use light to stress the algae into producing the astaxanthin so you’ll see outdoor grows in countries with plenty of sun and indoor grows with lights in those countries with less sun.

Frequently Asked Questions

Natural astaxanthin from Haematococcus Pluvialis algae is a far superior form of Astaxanthin compared to the synthetic versions derived from petrochemicals. Up to 20 times stronger as an antioxidant, the natural astaxanthin can provide a much greater health benefit than the synthetic versions. Synthetic astaxanthin has not had the extensive safety and health testing as natural astaxanthin. It’s made in the laboratory in a very elaborate process that turns it from oil into astaxanthin. When you eat farm raised salmon, this synthetic astaxanthin is what you’re getting.