Astaxanthin The Most Powerful Natural Antioxidant Currently Known

May 28 2013No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Natural health supplements

If you haven’t heard about Astaxanthin before, let me tell you about The most powerful, natural antioxidant currently known.  It supports increased stamina, better performance and rapid recovery – and is great for the body in times of stress.

More than 500 peer-reviewed articles support the extensive health benefits of astaxanthin – and word is spreading.

New Zealand Scientists leading the way with Astaxanthin Growth.

Supreme Biotechnologies are leading the way with their New Zealand grown astaxanthin, derived from the New Zealand strain of algae – H. Pluvialis, remarkably fit and robust, with a healthy advantage over other algae strains.

Supreme Biotech, in Nelson, New Zealand, set up 4 years ago with their state of the art proprietary indoor algae growing process.  The extraction itself is done by Nelson-based company Nutrizeal Ltd, a world leader in super critical CO2 extraction.

At Supreme Biotech they haven’t been able to keep up with the demand for their Astaxanthin and have recently signed a $1.4m investment deal, which will allow them to double their production capacity, so they can meet the growing demand for their New Zealand strain of natural astaxanthin, in this country as well as the UK, USA, South East Asia, China and Europe.

Chief Executive Tony Dowd says the new funds will be spent on extending production capacity to meet worldwide demand for New Zealand-made natural astaxanthin.  He says he is also currently in discussions with other potential investors regarding an additional NZ$2 million worth of investment, to further expand production.

“We are experiencing increasing demand for our astaxanthin ingredient products from our customers in Europe, America, South East Asia and New Zealand, at a level that is 20 times our current production capacity.  Additionally, sales of our own astaxanthin product range, branded AstaSupreme™, are growing significantly through selected retailers in New Zealand and the UK.

“We need to increase production quickly, so we will use the investment funds to introduce new technology that we have been fine-tuning over the last 12-months, to increase our overall production yield by an estimated 300-400%,” he says.

Introducing AstaSupreme™ 

AstaSupreme™ is the King of antioxidants.  It is made from New Zealand grown natural astaxanthin, the most powerful antioxidant known.  Studies have shown many benefits of AstaSupreme, but lets look at the benefits of it with regard to exercise.

Why should athletes take AstaSupreme?

New Zealand-made AstaSupreme is an important part of fitness enthusiasts’ health programs. It is a supplement made from natural astaxanthin (asta-zan-thin) – the most powerful antioxidant known.

AstaSupreme astaxanthin can help:

The power of Astaxanthin in a capsule

  • Relieve stiffness and tension from fatigue and injury.
  • Encourage joint mobility
  • Faster recovery so you can train harder and more frequently for better results
  • Increase strength, endurance and overall performance by more than 50%

AstaSupreme and relieving stiffness and promoting joint mobility

Stiffness can slow an athlete down, costing valuable training days. No-one wants to take time off to recover from fatigue or sore joints and muscles. The muscle soreness following exercise is part of the body’s normal response, and AstaSupreme astaxanthin is one of the best at reducing stiffness, helping to enhance your athletic capacity. It also doesn’t only apply to recovery from a heavy workout but also recovery from injuries such as Tennis Elbow.

AstaSupreme and Boosting Performance and Endurance

AstaSupreme astaxanthin increases muscle endurance and performance. It does this by combatting your body’s excess free radicals, which are highly reactive forms of oxygen that occur as a bi-product of exercise. Free radicals aren’t a problem in small amounts but, as the saying goes, anything in excess is a problem. When these excess reactive oxygen particles are left to their own devices they cause what is known as oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is an unwelcome process for any athlete because it damages your body’s proteins and lipids and reduces your mitochondria’s capacity to create energy.

This leaves you feeling fatigued and your strength and endurance decline as a result.

AstaSupreme astaxanthin fights the effects of oxidative stress by combatting excess free radicals. By neutralising free radicals, astaxanthin boosts muscle metabolism and supports the cell “energy centres” (mitochondria), making the muscle tissue healthier and more efficient. This is the process that is thought to explain why astaxanthin gives your endurance such a boost.

Astaxanthin working in nature: Natural Red Energy

Natural astaxanthin is a bright red carotenoid from the same family as Lycopene, Lutein and Beta-carotene. The most potent and most abundant source of natural astaxanthin comes from the Haematococcus pluvialis (H. pluvialis) micro-algae, which is why the H.pluvalis astaxanthin is the choice for AstaSupreme supplements.

In nature, H. pluvialis algae produce the astaxanthin in response to stress – such as excessive sunlight or a lack of water and nutrients – protecting the algae from free radical damage and allowing it to overcome the crisis until conditions improve…it is a very successful survival mechanism!

Small quantities can be obtained from pink salmon (which use it to power their upstream swim), krill and shrimp, however, H. Pluvialis astaxanthin is much more powerful – it is the natural red energy!

Trials with AstaSupreme Astaxanthin

In a double-blind placebo controlled trial, individuals (aged 17-19) were subjected to a number of fitness and strength tests before and after taking Astaxanthin.  After six months, the Astaxanthin group could do over 60% more knees bends (which was the test used for strength/endurance), compared to a 19% increase in the placebo group. (Malmsten, Lignell, 2008)

In another trial, 21 competitive cyclists were put through their paces in a 20km time trial. Randomly divided into a placebo and an Astaxanthin group, in just four weeks the Astaxanthin group had reduced their times by an average of 121 seconds, compared to only 19 seconds in the placebo group! (Malmsten, Lignell, 2008).

A trial done on 32 male elite football players randomly assigned in a double-blind fashion to an Astaxanthin and a placebo group also found that the group supplemented with Astaxanthin had significantly less exercise induced free radical production and demonstrated reduced exercise related muscle damage. (Baralic, DJordjevic, Kotur-Stevuljevic, et al, 2011).

Finally, a 2002 study into the effect of astaxanthin on the amount of blood lactic acid in runners, found that after 4 weeks of supplementation at 4mg/day lactic acid concentrations significantly decreased. High levels of lactic acid can lead to cramp and muscle fatigue, and this study therefore indicates that astaxanthin, by reducing lactic acid levels, may improve endurance.

Natural AstaSupreme astaxanthin vs synthetic

So why take natural AstaSupreme astaxanthin instead of other supplements? Well, natural astaxanthin is by far the most powerful carotenoid antioxidant when it comes to free radical scavenging.

When it comes to a comparison between natural astaxanthin and its synthetic cousin, the natural formula is in a field of its own. In fact, natural astaxanthin is more than 20 times stronger as an antioxidant than synthetic astaxanthin, which is actually used as a food colouring agent, rather than an antioxidant.

You can get natural astaxanthin from wild seafood and fish, especially wild salmon. However, to get the same benefits that AstaSupreme can deliver, you would have to eat almost four salmon steaks every day, which is not very practical and is very costly.

3 AstaSupreme Soft gels are:

  • 500 times stronger than vitamin E
  • 6000 times stronger than vitamin C
  • 800 times stronger than Co-Q10
  • 550 times stronger than green tea catechins

What else can AstaSupreme help with?

The people at Supreme Biotech tell us that AstaSupreme Astaxanthin has been involved in significant research, with 500 plus papers written on the health benefits of its use.

The four main areas of research on AstaSupreme are:

  • In exercise recovery
  • Particularly around arthritis, with an 80% improvement in pain reduction noted.
  • In Suncare, where taking AstaSupreme reduces the impact of the sun (We always recommend the use of sunblock and staying out of the sun during problem times)
  • The other predominant area of research is in cholesterol. Taking AstaSupreme improves the level of HDL (good cholesterol) , which it reduces the oxidation of cholesterol.


You can watch a TV Clip about AstaSupreme astaxanthin, which was broadcast on TVNZ  Rural Delivery to find out even more.


You can purchase AstaSupreme here – New Zealand grown Astaxanthin



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