The 3 Types of Astaxanthin Supplements: What You Don't know Can Hurt You
Astaxanthin reviews that are unbiased, non-self-serving and non-affiliated can be extremely hard to come by. Many times review sites are nothing more than "set-ups" for paid links to the products themselves (yes, this site provides google adsense ads, however we are not promoting any direct affiliated links from the reviews on this page.)
For example, Dr Oz (which we respect as a source of good, quality information but must scrutinize for the following reasons) recently Had a "Dr. Mercola" (who's credentials are, from what we've read, equally as credible) on the show stating all of the wonderful benefits of astaxanthin. But Isn't it a surprise to find out Dr. Mercola sells astaxanthin on his website? Sure he's within his rights to do that - but wouldn't it be nice in the interest of "full disclosure" to know this?
While all of that's important, the purpose of this article is to give you a breakdown of the top 6 astaxanthin supplement manufacturers as listed on Amazon.com (again, no affiliate links, you'll notice) and provide a bit of a comparison between the different types of astaxanthin so you can make some sound choices.
First - let's find out more about the different types of astaxanthin: There are serveral companies producing astaxanthin in its natural form - from Haematococcus microalgae with the exception of one product from mutated Phaffia yeast.
The principal alternatives to microalgae-based Astaxanthin may be commercially viable but are not nearly as practical and, except for the case of eating wild salmon, are certainly not as health-giving as taking Astaxanthin from Haematococcus microalgae in capsules.
The other sources available currently are:
Synthetic forms of Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin from Yeast
Natural Astaxanthin in Food
That said, here are the top 6 most popular natural Astaxanthin supplements sold on Amazon.com:
BioAstin Natural Astaxanthin Gold, 4mg - BioAstin is #1 on Amazon as of this writing. Hawaiian microalgae is used for production therefore it's practically guaranteed "all natural" as there's no possible synthetic by product from as feed Salmon . Further it has no titanium dioxide or silica, herbicides or pesticides. Generally speaking, most manufacturers claim this - and it's fairly difficult to prove either way - but fair enough for them to note (so long as they stand behind it.)
Source Naturals Astaxanthin 2mg - States it's proven to prevent low density lipoprotein oxidation in our blood. Of course this is the case with astaxanthin itself - so practically any supplement producer could say the same - though the word "proven" it still debatable to use.
Solgar - Astaxanthin Complex, 5 mg - Again they state "natural" astaxanthin - but in this case, they mean simply no yeast, corn, wheat or dairy products, preservatives, or sugar, starch, artificial colors or salt. Remember what we told you about Salmon as a source though - would be beneficial for a deeper look into this one.
Solaray - Astaxanthin, 1 mg - Solaray has the regular schpiel about "natural astaxanthin" this and that and the benefits we've already highlighted. It is # 4 on Amazon though, so they may be doing something right.
Astavita - Astaxanthin - If true that this brand of astaxanthin is produced from deep red Haematococcus microalgae, then it should be a solid natural version to go with.
Pure Astaxanthin 120sg - Pure's astaxanthin is produced from Hawaiian Haematicoccus microalgae as # 1 BioAstin is - if all things are equal try both and judge by your own results (which is always the best way to determine any course of action.)
As always, see a qualified medical professional prior to starting any specific health-related regimen.