Nature's most powerful antioxidant
What is astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, like beta-carotene from carrots and lycopene from tomatoes. The carotenoids in these fruits and vegetables are healthy antioxidants too, but astaxanthin is the strongest antioxidant of them all! Astaxanthin can neutralize oxygen free radicals 4.9 times better than beta-carotene and 1.6x better than lycopene.
These algae’s make astaxanthin because it’s an antioxidant that helps them survive harsh conditions. Normally, these algae are green, but when they are exposed to high illumination they are threatened by free radicals that form by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. The algae respond by making astaxanthin, which is a red antioxidant that neutralizes harmful free radicals.
The best source of astaxanthin for humans is a natural astaxanthin oil extracted from an algae called Haematococcus pluvialis. This is a single celled green alga that grows naturally in freshwater all over the world. It thrives in harsh environments exposed to lots of sunlight where most other algae can’t compete, like shallow pools, birdbaths and rain gutters. This algae is a powerhouse of natural astaxanthin production!
DID YOU KNOW?
Salmon and flamingos get their color from astaxanthin!
Salmon consume astaxanthin to improve their muscle function and endurance when they make their long journeys upstream to their spawning grounds. This powerful antioxidant allows salmon to swim for miles upstream and jump up six foot rapids.
Flamingos and salmon can’t make astaxanthin, they have to get it from the algae in their diet.
Just like flamingos and salmon, humans can’t make astaxanthin.
But unlike aquatic animals, humans don’t get enough astaxanthin in their diet. The best source of astaxanthin for humans is a natural astaxanthin oil extracted from an alga called Haematococcus pluvialis. This is a single celled green alga that grows naturally in freshwater all over the world. It thrives in harsh environments exposed to lots of sunlight where most other algae can’t compete, like shallow pools, birdbaths and rain gutters. This algae is a powerhouse of natural astaxanthin production!
How's It Made?
To make natural astaxanthin available for humans, it should be grown in a clean and controlled environment – preferably in indoor cultivation tanks with filtered air and water. The algae start out green and once the algae culture has grown dense enough, they algae are exposed to high light conditions to trigger breakdown of green chlorophyll and synthesis of red astaxanthin. The algae turn red, and once they have completely matured to this astaxanthin-rich “red phase” they are harvested. The water is removed, the algae are washed, and the cell walls of the algae are cracked to gain access to the rich astaxanthin oil inside the algae cells. The astaxanthin oil is purified and can then be used to make supplements and vitamins you can truly benefit from!
Since astaxanthin’s health benefit discovery, many companies have come out to produce natural astaxanthin. Only one company produces astaxanthin indoors to protect it from pollutants, in a controlled environment, and in the USA; and that’s AstaReal®. AstaReal® can be found in Strong Revive® by Stated Nutrition.