Astaxanthin for Brain Health?

Following on from Jo’s last two blog entries I thought I would mention that astaxanthin is showing some promise in helping the health of the brain...

We have always known that astaxanthin was good for the eyes and the skin which is why we have been using it in our Total Balance range for many years, and why we also include it in our Omega 3 Plus and QH / Premium CoQ10 versions of our Omega 3 fish oil.

But, new research is coming out showing it can contribute to mental health.

The article which I have linked to expands further on this.  I should also mention that the astaxanthin being fed to salmon is the synthetic version not the natural form from algae which is produced for human consumption.  The synthetic form is 99% pure astaxanthin whereas the natural form is only 2 – 10% depending whether it is a powder or oil.

The synthetic form is not approved for human consumption and the natural form is much too expensive to feed to fish.

To read the article Astaxanthin shows potential for brain health: Human study


2 Responses

Hi Douglas…valid question.

The astaxanthin that we use is grown in a controlled environment. Levels of heavy metals are checked not only by the supplier of the raw ingredient but also by us when we receive it. We do not take the COA’s at face value. This particular supplier has proven to be reliable and we have verified their COA’s. In addition we test the all finished products once again for heavy metals as it is something we are acutely aware of.

Warren Matthews June 27 2011

Where and how is the red algae sourced for the Astaxanthin in your supplements grown?  Is it grown in a controlled environment or harvested from a "natural" environment. 

Do you have an analysis available showing level of contaminants in this supplement?  Many green and blue algal superfoods are very efficient scavengers of mercury and other heavy metals; so efficient that some are used in toxic waste remediation.   However most of these algaes when harvested from "pristine mountain ponds" or other environments we would typically call "natural" – open to the elements in other words – contain significant levels of mercury.  Spirulina, chlorella, hydrilla verticilata and others all exhibit this ability to "soak up" heavy metals.
Please respond and post an analysis of the heavy metal content of Astaxanthin.
Thank you.

Douglas Simmons June 26 2011

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