Astaxanthin is a very popular ingredient used in anti-oxidation and scavenging free radicals in recent years. Due to the high growth environment requirements of its raw materials, the production cost is high. It is not only widely used in high-end skincare products. but also used as taken orally to regulate physiological functions health food.
The darker the color of astaxanthin, the higher the concentration, so customers can make a prediction of the quality based on the color of astaxanthin.
There are currently three main production methods of astaxanthin: chemical synthesis, natural extraction, and biological fermentation.
(1) Chemical synthesis: It can be seen from the chemical structure that the synthetic route of astaxanthin is more complicated. The multinational pharmaceutical company Roche has synthetic astaxanthin, but in terms of biological functions, chemically synthesized astaxanthin is significantly better than natural astaxanthin. Not much better.
(2) Natural extraction: Astaxanthin can be extracted from natural products. These natural sources mainly include marine waste, yeast, algae, etc.
(3)Marine wastes: extracted from the shells of shrimps, crabs, shells, etc., but due to the low astaxanthin content in these marine wastes, they are not suitable for large-scale production.
(4)Yeast extraction: Natural Phaffia rhodozyma colonies can produce carotenoids such as astaxanthin, of which the content of astaxanthin is about 0.4%, but the content is still not high.
(5)Algae extraction: The natural astaxanthin currently on the market mainly comes from red algae, with a content of 1.5% to 3%, which can be produced and utilized on a large scale. Some astaxanthin products may not see “astaxanthin” in the ingredient list, but there will be “Pluvialis red algae extract”. The main ingredient in this extract is astaxanthin.
(6)DNA recombination technology: With the development of science and technology, DNA recombination technology has also been used to produce natural astaxanthin. Simply put, it is to introduce the astaxanthin gene into the bacteria, so that the small processing factory of bacteria can produce astaxanthin.
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