Harness the goodness of Natural Astaxanthin

Harness the goodness of Natural Astaxanthin

Natural Astaxanthin vis-a-vis Synthetic Astaxanthin

Haematococcus pluvialis, a natural algae produces the highest concentrations of astaxanthin in nature.
Commercial production of natural astaxanthin in the quantities needed for use in nutraceutical supplements and functional foods is a challenging & extremely technical process.

Commercially available astaxanthin is in two form- Natural & Synthetic. Synthetic versions of astaxanthin are sometimes also labeled as “nature identical” or “nature equivalent.” However, there is substantial difference between the two.

Choosing the natural way & its benefits

While natural astaxanthin is derived from algae & is more than 95% esterified form, meaning natural fatty acids are attached to one or both ends in its structure, Synthetic astaxanthin is derived from petrochemicals & in completely free form or unesterified.

Chiral asymmetry exists in all biologically active molecules of humans and animals like enzymes, nucleotides, amino acids, DNA, proteins, and carbohydrates.

The three different Astaxanthin enantiomers can produce marked differences in biological activities such as toxicology, pharmacology or metabolism.

The petrochemicals synthetic product contains up to 75% of the enantiomers (3R, 3’S) & (3R, 3’R), whose chiral physiological effects are unknown and difficult to predict.

3S:3’S isomer is the predominant form of natural astaxanthin & has scientific support of its antioxidant effect on animals & humans.

Stereoisomers are crucial in biological response

Here’s a look at the difference

Astaxanthin Natural  Synthetic 
Source Algae Petrochemicals
Stereochemistry 3S:3’S 
(Same as in nature)
3R:3’S; 3R:3’R; 3R:3’S 
(Not found in nature)
Chemistry  > 95% esterified Free form
Stability High Minimal
Safety Well-documented Not evaluated
Efficacy Extensively studied Minimal
Supporting carotenoids Present Absent
Production process Photobioreactors Chemical
Approvals NAXA* None

Ref:*NAXA:Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association

FBL is an exclusive authorised Astaxanthin distributor for Atacama Bio Natural Products S.A in India. 

For more information, on NatAxtin visit NatAxtin ® Natural Astaxanthin in India | Fermenta Biotech Ltd. (FBL).



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