Natural astaxanthin is a carotenoid, like lycopene in tomatoes and β-carotene in carrots, and is an approved antioxidant ingredient for dietary supplements and foods. It has antioxidant activity in the body. In nature, salmon store natural astaxanthin in their muscles to give them the endurance to swim upstream to spawn. They transfer astaxanthin to their roe to protect the roe DNA from being damaged by the UV rays in sunlight.
What is the source of astaxanthin?
All of our AstaReal natural astaxanthin is extracted from the natural freshwater green algae Haematococcus pluvialis. It is a non-GMO astaxanthin source.
How is astaxanthin produced?
We grow non-GMO natural Haematococcus algae, a source of astaxanthin, at our cultivation facility in Moses Lake, WA, under strict controls. Haematococcus algae are grown under artificial light in a clean, sealed, indoor facility. By growing Haematococcus algae indoors, we prevent contamination by dirt, organisms, and other substances.
How much astaxanthin should I take?
To experience the optimal effects of astaxanthin, we recommend daily consumption of 12 mg (2 Astavita softgels). Moreover, to maximize absorption efficiency through the intestines, we recommend that both softgels be taken whole, with water, after breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Is there any specific daily requirement for astaxanthin?
The U.S. government and its regulatory authorities have not set a standard daily requirement. In the United States, up to 12 mg/day of astaxanthin as a supplement or food is generally recognized as safe. We recommend taking 12 mg/day based on past clinical results.
How much astaxanthin is usually present in food?
To get 12 mg of astaxanthin through food intake, a person would need to consume two medium-sized fillets of sockeye salmon. Crab and shrimp also contain a substantial amount of astaxanthin, particularly in their shells. However, you would have to consume an enormous amount of crab or shrimp to get 12 mg of astaxanthin. For example, you would have to eat crabmeat from 10 crabs to get the recommended amount. Taking astaxanthin in supplemental form allows you to avoid excess salt and cholesterol consumption that would result from consuming 12 mg of astaxanthin from seafood.
Is it safe to consume a large amount of astaxanthin?
The recommended maximum intake of astaxanthin is 12 mg/day. According to clinical data, even if your consumption exceeds the recommended amount, it should not have any adverse effects on your body. However, if you have any concerns about any symptoms, please stop using the product at once and consult a physician.