Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, belonging to the same class of substances of the group of carotene, lutein, and lycopene. Unlike provitamin A, Astaxanthin has a low toxicity and is not metabolized to vitamin A.
It is approved and is considered safe for use in the US and the EU as a natural coloring agent in order to give color to food.
Astaxanthin is widespread in nature and is produced by cultivating microalgae (Haematococcus Pluvialis), from shrimp and krill farms, and also by some kinds of yeast.
The pigment Astaxanthin gives shrimps and the North Atlantic krill their pink color. Astaxanthin can also be produced synthetically.
Astaxanthin is one of the most popular supplements at the moment, combining high potential for new discoveries and a great impact on the human health.
Its reputation is due to the relatively fresh but positive numerous niche researches worldwide.
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