ASTAXANTHIN+ is a product based on natural astaxanthin AstaReal®, a powerful antioxidant that shows beneficial effects for the muscle, circulatory and immune systems as well as for the brain and skin.

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid derived from the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis. As well as being the most powerful antioxidant known to science, it also has potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Astaxanthin is considered the purest antioxidant because, unlike β-carotene, lycopene and zeaxanthin, it has no prooxidative properties. Astaxanthin has an antioxidant effect 500 times greater than vitamin E, 560 times greater than green tea, 800 times greater than coenzyme Q10, 3000 times greater than resveratrol and 6000 times greater than vitamin C.

ASTAXANTHIN+ used AstaReal®, the safest and purest natural astaxanthin, free from contamination.

Intense physical activity increases the production of free radicals and reactive oxygen species in the body (ROS). These highly reactive molecules cause an imbalance in our natural antioxidant system, known as oxidative stress, which can be expressed by muscle fatigue and soreness and activation of inflammatory pathways that have negative impact on muscle performance.

In a model study by Park et al. (2012), ATP production was assessed in 2 groups; a group supplemented with astaxanthin vs control. The study found that ATP production increased in the astaxanthin group compared to the control, indicating higher mitochondrial activity in the astaxanthin group.

During and after physical activity, the muscles are subjected to high levels of inflammation due to the increased levels of ROS. Inflammation stimulates the release of several pro-inflammatory markers. In a recent double blind placebo study, Baralic et al. (2015) investigated anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of AstaReal® astaxanthin. A group of 40 young soccer players were divided into 2 groups (astaxanthin vs. placebo) and tested for the inflammatory marker CRP after 90 days. The results concluded that astaxanthin supplementation combined with physical training significantly decreased the expression of the pro-inflammatory marker CRP. This was accompanied by an improvement in the prooxidant/antioxidant balance in the blood plasma.

Other clinical studies have shown that AstaReal® astaxanthin improves muscle performance. In a 2011 study, Earnest et al. investigated astaxanthin efficacy on muscle performance. 14 competitive cyclists performed a 20km maximal cycling test after a 2 hour pre-exhaustion ride. The test was carried out 28 days before and after supplementation of 4mg/d of AstaReal® astaxanthin or placebo. The results showed significant improvement in the group treated with AstaReal® astaxanthin, who performed 121 seconds faster the treatment period compared to the placebo group.

Furthermore, astaxanthin was shown to improve muscle endurance by enhancing muscle lipid metabolism thus increasing aerobic endurance. A 2007 study by Aoi et al. demonstrated that astaxanthin enhanced lipid metabolism in muscles by protecting the mitochondrial proteins that are responsibly for fatty acid regulation.

Benefits of AstaReal® astaxanthin for muscle performance:

  • Boosts muscle endurance and recovery;
  • Lowers lactic acid and fatigue;
  • Reduces muscle damage and inflammation;
  • Protects mitochondria and enhances fat metabolism by improving mitochondrial functions.


Our skin is under constant attack from free radicals produced by UV rays, pollution, stress, and poor nutrition. The damage caused by free radicals is a major cause of skin aging and problems such as wrinkles and age spots. This free radical damage affects all layers of the skin, from the visible surface to the delicate deep layers where new skin is formed. Applying cosmetic products, like creams, gels, ointments, and makeup to the surface of the skin may temporarily conceal the problem, but their effect is superficial and doesn’t tackle the underlying causes. esearch shows that astaxanthin taken as an oral supplement is active in each of the skin’s layer, provides protection from UV damage, shrinks wrinkles, and makes age spots smaller. Natural algae astaxanthin can help your reveal your skin’s natural beauty from the inside out.

Benefits of AstaReal® astaxanthin for skin health:

  • Revitalizes photoaged skin by quenching oxidative stress and inflammation in all skin layers;
  • Reduces the size of wrinkles and improves skin microtexture;
  • Improves elasticity in the skin by strengthening the collagen lay.


The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to protect the body against infectious microorganisms, such as certain bacteria and viruses; whilst also working to destroy any infectious microoganisms that manage to invade the body. Phagocytes are cells that destroy invading organisms, while lymphocytes are cells that allow the body to remember and recognize previous invaders and help the body destroy them – the innate immune response. Natural astaxanthin has shown positive effects and substantial benefit in enhancing the capacity of both lymphocytes and phagocytes. The first human study to show this effect was published by Park et al. in 2010. In this double blind, placebo controlled study, 42 individuals received 0 or 8 mg/d astaxanthin (AX) vs placebo. Lymphocyte count was significantly increased for the AX group. In addition, those receiving AX demonstrated a significant increase in the levels of B and T cells.

Benefits of AstaReal® astaxanthin fot the Immune system:

  • Potent anti-inflammatory properties;
  • Faster immune response;
  • Strengthens and balances the immune system;
  • Protects immune cells against oxidative stress.


A large body of clinical and experimental research has concluded that natural astaxanthin can contribute to improved cardiovascular health. Studies have shown that natural astaxanthin reduces oxidative stress and inflammation, improves lipid profiles and promotes better blood flow in capillaries.

Benefits of AstaReal® astaxanthin for the cardiovascular health

  • Improves blood lipid profile;
  • Reduces oxidative stress;
  • Enhances capillary circulation.


The brain remains vulnerable to attack and damage by free radicals, especially in people over the age of 50 in whom the brain’s natural antioxidant enzymes progressively lose effectiveness. In fact, excessive persistent oxidative stress and chronic inflammation in the brain have been linked to the development and progression of neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and to cerebrovascular diseases, such as ischemic stroke and vascular dementia.

AstaReal® astaxanthin is able to cross the blood-brain barrier guaranteeing greater protection against oxidative damage.

Benefits of AstaReal® astaxanthin for the brain

  • Improves age-related forgetfulness,multitasking,and alertness;
  • Decreases oxidation of red blood cells, which is linked to the prevention of dementia;
  • Enhances capillary blood flow and blood antioxidant quality;
  • Modulates blood pressure, lowering stroke risk and improves vascular endothelial health.

AstaReal® is a registered trademark of Fuji Chemical Industries Co., Ltd.

How to use
Take 1-2 softgels per day, preferably with meals.
Ingredients - Nutritional Info
Sunflower oil, AstaReal® [green microalga (Haematococcus pluvialis Flotow) thallus (single cell) powder 5% astaxanthin], capsule (gelatine, firming agent: glycerol; colour: iron oxides and hydroxides), L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), D-alpha-tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), stabilizer: mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids; anti-caking agent: silicon dioxide.

Additional Information

For serving 2 softgels
Green microalga powder 168 mg
- of which astaxanthin 8 mg
Vitamin C 120 mg
Vitamin E 20 mg
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ASTAXANTHIN+ is a product based on natural astaxanthin AstaReal®, a powerful antioxidant that shows beneficial effects for the muscle, circulatory and immune systems as well as for the brain and skin.

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