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What is astaxanthin and why is it so special?

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Astaxanthin is a carotenoid with unique cell membrane antioxidant functions. According to a growing body of scientific evidence, astaxanthin plays a role in supporting eye and heart health. Astaxanthin is not made in the human body and is currently obtained almost exclusively from dietary sources such as salmon and crustaceans. Its intense red color contributes to the color pigmentation of salmon, shrimp, crabs and other marine life.

Due to astaxanthin’s unique molecular structure, position and distribution within cell membranes and lipoproteins, astaxanthin has been the focus of many clinical studies assessing its ability to support eye and heart health.

Key Benefits

Astaxanthin has a unique molecular structure that allows it to insert itself across the cell membrane bi-layer. In this position, astaxanthin can intercept reactive oxygen species (free radical molecules) and limit damage to cells. This positioning also allows astaxanthin to complement the activities of other antioxidants, which are located at the surface of cell membranes to protect cells from harmful oxidation.

Benefits of AstaSana™

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A nature-identical astaxanthin ingredient that offers an unmatched safety profile, AstaSana™ is a high-quality, high-potency carotenoid whose antioxidant power offers significant health benefits and complements the performance of other antioxidants in dietary supplements. Thanks to DSM’s patented Actilease™ technology, AstaSana™ offers enhanced bioavailability and stability, ensuring the optimum delivery of its health benefits. Moreover, DSM has an unsurpassed global network to provide a comprehensive astaxanthin supply whenever and wherever it’s needed. 

The superior bioavailability of AstaSana™

Several studies have indicated the bioavailability of nature-identical astaxanthin. Moreover, AstaSana™ provides uniquely enhanced bioavailability and stability because it is also available in a form that uses DSM’s Actilease™ beadlet technology. This patented microencapsulation process protects the active ingredients of AstaSana™ from degradation during processing and before they reach the stomach, ensuring that a greater proportion of the healthful antioxidant benefits of AstaSana™ are absorbed by the body.


AstaSana™ is available via a 10% fluid suspension form for softgel capsules and in 5% CWS/S tablet grade form. 

AstaSana™ Product Forms:

  •  For softgel capsules
  •  For tablets

The unsurpassed potency of AstaSana™

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Astaxanthin is a potent carotenoid whose unique cell membrane antioxidant actions enable it to support eye and heart health. Recent preliminary clinical data has indicated that astaxanthin supplementation may also support immune health.


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The safety studies performed by DSM provide the most extensive safety profile of all available sources of astaxanthin. This profile includes complete ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion) studies. In addition, the toxicity studies include single and multiple dose studies (4 animal species), chronic toxicity (2 species), carcinogenicity (2 species), one two-generation reprotoxicity study, developmental toxicity studies  (2 species) and a comprehensive battery of in-vivo and in-vitro genotoxicity studies. Furthermore, one human bioavailability study was also performed using DSM’s astaxanthin. There is no other astaxanthin in the marketplace that has been so thoroughly studied. Moreover, all the safety studies have been duly accepted and reviewed by the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.