What is natural astaxanthin?
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.
HOW TO TAKE ASTAVITA SUPPLEMENTS MOST EFFICIENTLY AND SAFELY
How do I take the supplements?
Swallow the supplement with water, without chewing.
Can I take the supplement with tea or coffee?
We recommend taking the supplements with water, although it is fine to take it with other cold drinks. We do not recommend taking the supplement with hot drinks because they can melt the gelatin capsules.
When should I take the supplement?
We recommend taking 1 serving of 2 capsules daily, after breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In general, it takes approximately 8–12 hours for natural astaxanthin to be distributed throughout the body after you take it.
How long do I need to take the supplement to feel the effect?
When you start to see the effects will depend on your physical condition and build. However, based on our clinical data, we recommend you take the supplement daily for at least one month, although results may vary and are not guaranteed.
How safe are the ingredients and the consumption of the supplements?
All ingredients used in our supplements are approved for dietary supplements or foods in the United States
* Natural astaxanthin from Haematococcus pluvialis algae has GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status.
* All other ingredients, which are natural tocotrienol from palm oil, zinc in the form of zinc yeast, extra virgin olive oil, gelatin, purified water, glycerin, beeswax are officially filed as ingredients for dietary supplements and/or foods and beverages.
Can I take the supplement with other medicines?
If you are taking other medicines, seeing a doctor, or undergoing medical treatment, please consult your physician before taking the supplement. Astavita is not intended for curing illnesses. Please consult your doctor before purchasing our supplements because your doctor will have his or her own nutritional support policy.
I have a shellfish allergy. Can I take the supplement?
Yes, no ingredients are derived from shellfish. Natural astaxanthin is made from freshwater microalgae.
Is there any allergic risk?
While the ingredients in Astavita are ones recognized as safe, the product may cause an allergic reaction in those who have allergies or sensitivity to any of its ingredients. If you are known to have allergies to any of the ingredients, you should consult your physician before taking Astavita.Astavita contains natural mixed tocopherols derived from fully refined vegetable oils/Elais guineenis palm fruit extract, virgin olive oil, Haematococcus pluvialis algae extract, beeswax yellow (only in Astavita Sports), zinc yeast (only in Astavita Sports) and bovine gelatin. Soy derivatives can be contained in the process of manufacturing of finished products or ingredients. The materials for this product do not come from animals infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy/transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (BSE/TSE).
Is Astavita a vegan product?
While our current batch of Astavita dietary supplements is not vegan, due to customer demand we are preparing a vegan formulation for future release. In addition, this upcoming batch will also be NSF Certified for Sports. For ordering our vegan softgel version, please contact us.
Why do you recommend that children not take the supplement?
Prior to the sale of the supplement, we conducted a trial with adults that was at the same level as a pharmaceutical clinical trial and we confirmed the supplement’s safety in adults. We do not recommend that children take the supplement because we have not yet conducted safety tests with children.
Is it safe to take the supplement if I’m pregnant or nursing?
We do not recommend that pregnant or nursing women take the supplement because we have not conducted a clinical trial with pregnant or nursing women.
Can elderly people take the supplement?
We receive orders from elderly people, including people well into their 100s. Nevertheless our Ax softgels are smaller than the average fish oil softgels, to avoid the capsules possibly becoming lodged in the throat, take the supplement with a full glass of water or with other foods, such as apple source or yogurt.
Can I take the supplement without the capsule?
We do not recommend taking the supplement without the capsule because it has a strong, unique taste. The capsule also ensures that the supplement reaches the stomach and intestines for optimal absorption.
What is the difference between supplements and medicines? Is Astavita a medicine?
No. The purpose of medicines is to cure illnesses. Medicines have strong clinical effects and side effects. The purpose of dietary supplements is to maintain health by safely supplementing any gaps in nutrition or the diet with a beneficial amount.
PRODUCT QUALITY & STORAGE
What is the difference between the old and the new, vegan formula products?
We updated a few components used to make the softgel encapsulation to be vegan friendly. Our key functional ingredients and amount are not changed between the original and newer vegan models.
Can I still get the original, non-vegan Astavita product model?
We will do our best to offer both models in parallel until we run out of stock. After that, all our future batches will be made using the newer vegan formulation.
If I order / get sent the older Astavita product model, am I getting expired product?
All our original, non-vegan Astavita products have expiration dates of Aug or Nov 2018. We will not sell or fulfill order using expired inventory.
I am a subscriber of Astavita product(s). What do I have to do to get the new model?
Astavita.com product subscribers will automatically get our newest model. We will roll it out across accounts as we launch the new version.
What are the reasons for Astavita products and price modifications?
Recently we updated our Astavita line of products in terms of formulation and the daily amount of natural Astaxanthin according to:
- PURPOSE OF UPDATE: As the industry pioneer and market leader of natural Astaxanthin, Astavita aims to provide with the best Astaxanthin formulation. The changes (new amount and new formulation) reflect our commitment to keep improving quality and performance.
- NEW AMOUNT OF ASTAXANTHIN: In line with published studies and our internal research, we observed that the level of benefits from Astaxanthin tends to be “dose-dependent” up to a certain amount. Therefore within the current regulations, we are now recommending up to 12 mg per day of AstaReal natural Astaxanthin. Our current softgels are 6 mg each (the amount increase from 2 mg per softgel to 6 mg).
- NEW FORMULATION: In addition, according to the latest clinical studies, natural tocotorienol (so-called “Super Vitamin E”) enhances the beneficial antioxidant capability of natural Astaxanthin. Zinc (used in Astavita Sports) is known to significantly enhances an intracellular antioxidant capacity.
Please make sure to consult your physician to certify whether Astavita products are right for you if you have any concerns.
How should I store the supplement?
Store the supplement in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight, before and after opening the bottle. We do not recommend storing it in a refrigerator because this causes condensation on the inside of the bottle due to the temperature difference when you take it in and out of the refrigerator. We recommend storing the product at room temperature.
When is it the best by? When should the products be consumed after opening?
Check the best by date on the bottom of the product package. Because the condition of the product is subject to storage conditions, ideally it is best to use the products within 3 months after opening. Replace the cap tightly and place the bottle in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
What should I do if the softgels are stuck to the inside of the package?
Gently shake the bottle or gently tap a bottle on a table to release the softgels. Because the coating layer of the softgels softens at temperatures above body temperature (98.6 °F/37 °C) and in contact with moisture, they can or stick together if stored in a hot, humid place. However, if moved to a cooler place, the softgel coating will become firm again. This does not affect the quality of the supplement, and you can continue to take it as normal. The ideal storage conditions for softgels are room temperature (59–86 °F/15–30 °C) and a humidity of 40–60%. Softgels will easily break if you store them in a refrigerator for more than 1 month because the capsules harden. For the same reason, do not store the softgels in a freezer.