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Astaxanthin in Wild Salmon Oil

4mg astaxanthin per softgel, 90 ct | Product #NSA201
Astaxanthin in Wild Salmon Oil
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  • Details


    • New look, same great product!
    • Certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council
    • 90 fish-gelatin softgels
    • 4mg astaxanthin per serving
    • CO2-extracted from algae
    • Product of USA

    Astaxanthin (as-tuh-zan-thin) is the red-orange pigment that gives wild salmon its vivid hue.

    Vital Choice Astaxanthin is extracted from Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae using carbon dioxide ... a solvent-free process that's better for people and the environment.

    And ours is the world's first astaxanthin supplement to deliver this healthful marine-source antioxidant in a base of omega-3-rich wild Alaskan sockeye salmon oil.

    Our supplement is lab-tested to ensure potency, and compliance with U.S. and international standards for purity and safety.

    What is astaxanthin?
    Astaxanthin belongs to the family of carotenoid compounds known as xanthophylls, which includes lutein and zeaxanthin.

    Astaxanthin is produced by algae, which is consumed by tiny crustaceans such as krill. The red-orange-pink hues of salmon flesh, shrimp shells, and flamingo feathers comes from the algae-source astaxanthin in these animals' diets. 

    Why take astaxanthin?
    Growing lab and clinical evidence suggests that astaxanthin offers unique health-promoting potential*.

    In test tube experiments, astaxanthin exhibits greater antioxidant capacity than other carotenoids, vitamin E, or vitamin C.

    However, it's unlikely that astaxanthin exerts similarly strong direct antioxidant effects in people. Instead, astaxanthin appears to exert these effects* indirectly, via its influence on cellular gene "switches" (e.g., transcription factors):

    • Support eye health
    • Support joint health
    • Support brain health
    • Support energy levels
    • Support immune function
    • Support cardiovascular health
    • Support skin health and protect skin against UV sunrays

    Our supplement provides 4mg of astaxanthin per 350mg softgel. This is widely considered a daily "maintenance" dose to help support and promote optimal health.

    Most human studies that have detected measurable clinical benefits** from astaxanthin — such as lowering blood triglycerides and improving cholesterol profiles — involved daily doses of 6mg to 18mg. No adverse effects were observed in humans who took a daily dose of 19mg taken for 29 days**.

    **The EFSA Journal (2005) 291, 1-40 Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed on the request from the European Commission on the safety of use of colouring agents in animal nutrition PART I. General Principles and Astaxanthin (Question No. EFSA-Q-2003-060) Adopted on 30th November 2005..

    Should I take astaxanthin if also eat salmon or take salmon or krill oil?
    Yes, it makes sense to take Vital Red Astaxanthin even if you eat wild salmon and/or take wild salmon or krill oil.

    Salmon and krill oils naturally contain a few micrograms (mcg) of astaxanthin ... 36mcg and 100mcg per gram, respectively. While these levels are high enough to protect the oils' omega-3s from oxidation, they're 1,000 times lower than the milligram (mg) doses used in lab and human studies.

    In contrast, each of our 350mg softgels provides 4mg of pure or "free" astaxanthin, known scientifically as astaxanthin diol (see "Truth in labeling", below).

    Wild salmon contain substantial amounts of astaxanthin. Per 6 oz portion, sockeye salmon contain about 6mg, silver salmon contain about 3mg, and king salmon contain about 1mg.

    Truth in labeling: astaxanthin buyer beware
    Many astaxanthin brands advertise misleading doses per serving.

    Their claimed amounts of astaxanthin are based on either (or both) of two misleading measures called "esterified astaxanthin" and "astaxanthin complex".

    The weight of esterified astaxanthin is typically double the weight of the pure astaxanthin (called "astaxanthin diol") in a supplement, because it includes all the fatty acids to which it is bound.

    And the misleading term "astaxanthin complex" covers all carotenoids in algae, so label claims based on that measure overstate the amount of pure astaxanthin diol by about 18 percent.

    In contrast, the amount of astaxanthin claimed on our supplement label — 4mg per softgel — is pure astaxanthin diol.

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • Reviews

    Average Ratings: 5

    "Keeps me going" Marilyn on 05/08/2021 07:52 Review: Taking this supplement helps me to think more clearly.

    "Astaxanthin" JMZ on 04/17/2021 07:23 Review: Great product from a trusted company

    "Astaxanthin has worked wonders for my eyes" Terry M on 03/25/2021 08:23 Review: The Vital Choice astaxanthin is a staple in my supplement pantry. I have used it for years for eye health. I have tried other brands of astaxanthin and they do not work as well as the Vital Choice for my eyes. I share this with my grown children for their eyes as well. Thank you.

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  • Nutrition & Ingredients

    Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon oil, natural astaxanthin from Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae, non-GMO mixed tocopherols, softgel capsule (fish gelatin, glycerin, purified water).

    No artificial preservatives, color, dairy, starch, wheat, yeast, sugar, or soy protein

    Supplement Facts
    Serving size: 1 Softgel
    90 Servings per container

    Amount per serving% Daily Value**
    Astaxanthin 4mg 0%
    Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon oil 300mg
    Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids 260mg
    EPA (Eicosapentaenoic) 20mg
    DHA (Docosahexaenoic) 20mg
    **Percent daily Values are based on 2000 calorie diet ↑ Daily Value not established
  • Serving/Care

    Take one softgel daily, or as recommended by a health professional.

    Keep out of reach of children.

    Product has been sealed for your protection.  Do not use if seal on cap is broken.

    Store in a cool, dry, dark place.

  • Shipping
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    Non-perishable shipments to Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, and
    Northern California may arrive faster, in 1 or 2 days.

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