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01-13-2010, 06:56 PM
Astaxanthin - vegan food sources ?
what are they ?
01-13-2010, 07:32 PM
Astaxanthin (pronounced as-tuh-zan'-thin) is a carotenoid. It belongs to a larger class of phytochemicals known as terpenes. It is classified as a xanthophyll, which means "yellow leaves". Like many carotenoids, it is a colorful, lipid-soluble pigment. Astaxanthin is produced by microalgae, yeast, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish, crustaceans, and the feathers of some birds. Professor Basil Weedon was the first to map the structure of astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin, unlike some carotenoids, does not convert to Vitamin A (retinol) in the human body. Too much Vitamin A is toxic for a human, but astaxanthin is not. However, it is a powerful antioxidant; it is claimed to be 10 times more capable than other carotenoids. However, other sources suggest astaxanthin has slightly lower antioxidant activity than other carotenoids.
While astaxanthin is a natural nutritional component, it can be found as a food supplement. The supplement is intended for human, animal, and aquaculture consumption. The commercial production of astaxanthin comes from both natural and synthetic sources.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved astaxanthin (See: Regulations below) as a food coloring (or color additive) for specific uses in animal and fish foods. The European Union (actually European Commission) considers it food dye within the E number system, E161j.
01-13-2010, 10:47 PM
thanks, but i have problem not sure what food can i eat then ?
01-13-2010, 11:26 PM
sounds like some green algae may do the trick... why do you want it?
01-14-2010, 12:06 AM
suppose to be good for joints
but instead of supplement,
i am interested to know if there are food having it, even at much less amount
01-14-2010, 12:29 AM
Most of the foods that have Astaxanthin are the following:
• Peppers and other reddish vegetables and fruits
01-14-2010, 01:51 AM
ah glad you found your answer. i find MSM (http://www.bio-alternatives.net/msm.htm) is great for my joints!
01-14-2010, 04:53 PM
I take vegan astaxanthin supplements.
I do not think that I could eat any food that would have the same effect.
01-14-2010, 11:53 PM
there are more non-vegan astaxanthin supplements to choose, just
the vegan options mix with other ingredients as formula
01-15-2010, 03:26 AM
this is the one that I got.
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