skip to main content


AstaReal was inspired by astaxanthin in nature.

Natural astaxanthin in the wild: White flamingo chick just starting to accumulate astaxanthin in her diet as she is fed by a pink adult flamingo (left panel). A few species of the summer pheasant’s eye are the only land plants known to produce natural astaxanthin (right panel).

In the natural world, there are some places where astaxanthin’s showy color catches the eye, like in the pink feathers of flamingos and the scarlet petals of the summer pheasant’s eye flower (Adonis aestivalis). Natural astaxanthin is also tucked away in places harder to spot with the naked eye, such as in krill, brine shrimp, and in marine and freshwater microorganisms like algae and bacteria. Some animals, like lobsters, can make their own astaxanthin. Other creatures, like salmon and humans, rely entirely on their diet for natural astaxanthin.

Initial studies from Uppsala University in the 1980’s revealed that natural astaxanthin is an essential nutrient for salmon that binds directly to muscle protein to help young salmon grow and thrive. Scientists found that natural astaxanthin had unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that helped support energy metabolism and muscle function. For wild salmon that migrate hundreds of miles during spawning season, this nutritional support is crucial. Finding that natural astaxanthin could do so much for salmon, AstaReal scientists were inspired to learn if its benefits extended to humans. As it turns out, they do!

Wild Salmon Powered by Natural Astaxanthin: During spawning season, wild salmon migrate from the ocean back to the stream where they were born. In the Pacific Northwest, wild sockeye salmon journey 900 hundred miles, experiencing a 7000-foot increase in elevation, and jumping as high as 12 feet to clear rapids. Through all this, natural astaxanthin supports their muscles and endurance.

Algae Originally Sourced from Nature

Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae cells
Haematococcus pluvialis cell. Green microalgae turn red under high illumination as they break down green chlorophyll and make red astaxanthin.

AstaReal® Astaxanthin is extracted from non-GMO Haematococcus pluvialis freshwater microalgae. The original hand-selected wild cells were optimized by breeding the best astaxanthin-producing wild cells. Closed indoor bioreactors are used to grow algae in each phase of growth with optimal lighting and nutrition to culminate in a unique biotechnology that AstaReal is proud of, and that competitors cannot easily imitate.

The original and most studied brand of natural astaxanthin from algae.

AstaReal tech working at a microscope
AstaReal’s Pioneering Science: AstaReal conducts scientific and product development research. Our scientists also partner with academic researchers to expand our understanding of AstaReal® Astaxanthin and it’s benefits.

AstaReal’s clinical investment over the course of 35 years has yielded more than 80 human clinical studies on AstaReal® Astaxanthin and the first commercial natural astaxanthin supplement, launched in 1994. This makes AstaReal® the original and most studied brand of natural astaxanthin from algae in the world.

In humans and companion animals, natural astaxanthin deposits in cell membranes with more than half being found in mitochondrial membranes, where energy is made. By supporting energy metabolism and helping to fight free radicals, natural astaxanthin helps promote the health and performance of many cells in the body. To date, AstaReal® studies have demonstrated beauty-from-within benefits, support for healthy immune function, improvement in sports performance, maintenance of cardiovascular health, a boost to cognitive function, and positive outcomes for gut health. 

Bringing clinically-proven AstaReal® Astaxanthin benefits to the world.

AstaReal Cultivation in Moses Lake, WA: Drs. Miller and Corish visit AstaReal’s Moses Lake, Washington’s indoor cultivation facility and discuss what makes AstaReal stand out from the pack.

AstaReal® Astaxanthin is harvested from a sustainable vegetarian source, a microalga called Haematococcus pluvialis. The algae are grown in a fully enclosed indoor cultivation facility in Moses Lake, Washington, USA. AstaReal’s cultivation facility is powered by hydroelectric power from the Columbia River, not far from where the wild salmon make their spawning journey. 

AstaReal’s aspiration of bringing lessons learned from astaxanthin in nature, was realized through science, technology, and a singular expertise developed over the years. This pioneering experience allows AstaReal to grow non-GMO, astaxanthin-producing algae on a commercial scale in the Pacific Northwest, and has resulted in the discovery of many clinically-proven benefits of AstaReal® Astaxanthin for both human and animal health. We look forward to sharing our work with you.

Newsletter Signup

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.