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Astaxanthin, pronounced “asta-zan-thin”, is a richly colored red-orange pigment in the carotenoid family of compounds. It is found in certain microscopic freshwater algae, yeast, shrimp, and krill. Astaxanthin is responsible for the reddish color of salmon flesh, lobster shells, and the feathers of some birds, such as flamingos. BioPure’s Astaxanthin is obtained from a particular algae known as Haematococcus pluvialis. The algae is grown under controlled conditions in Hawaii, and the Astaxanthin is isolated from the algae using CO2 supercritical extraction. This is a highly efficient, environmentally friendly, and solvent-free process, resulting in a pure and potent bioactive product.
Astaxanthin is known for its antioxidant properties, with outstanding capacity both as a singlet oxygen quencher and as a scavenger of free radical oxygen. The compound has an elongated chemical structure with a non-polar series of alternating single and double conjugated carbon bonds in the center, and polar ionone rings at either end. Its unique structure allows Astaxanthin to orient itself transversely across the membrane of a typical cell and participate in a variety of antioxidant reactions.* Astaxanthin’s singlet oxygen quenching capacity has been found to be 550 times stronger than Vitamin E and green tea, and as much as 6000 times greater than Vitamin C. Singlet oxygen quenching is particularly important in supporting skin and eye health.*
In the case of Astaxanthin, beauty is more than skin deep. Numerous research studies with Astaxanthin are suggesting a myriad of potential health benefits. It supports muscle performance and energy efficiency, eye health, the immune system, normal blood sugar metabolism, liver health, proper neurological function, cardiovascular health, and digestive health.*
Unlike most antioxidants, Astaxanthin is fat-soluble. Within our bodies, it is absorbed in the intestine and can be stored in the liver and fatty tissues. It has been found that Astaxanthin is more efficiently absorbed if taken with food containing fats, particularly salmon. Interestingly, it was also found that the bioavailability was significantly decreased in smokers.
To ensure greatest possible antioxidant benefits, BioPure’s Astaxanthin is encapsulated in 260 mg of wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon oil, plus a small amount of hi-oleic safflower oil produced without the use of bioengineering. Vitamin E mixed tocopherols derived from soybeans are added to protect the oils from oxidation during storage. This may leave small traces of soy fatty acids, but soy proteins are the part of soy most commonly responsible for allergic reactions. To complete the benefit package, BioPure’s Astaxanthin also contains Vitamins A and D, plus the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, as well as Lutein, a yellow-colored carotenoid that is important to eye health.*
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