BioAstin Natural Astaxanthin obtains GRAS status for efficacious levels

BioAstin Natural Astaxanthin has been self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe for use in all food, beverage and supplement applications) at 1.5 mg per serving by a panel of expert.

  • BioAstin® Natural Astaxanthin obtains GRAS Status at 1.5 mg per serving—15X more than the competition
  • Two Natural Astaxanthin Competitors Close Facilities

BioAstin Natural Astaxanthin has been self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe for use in all food, beverage and supplement applications) at 1.5 mg per serving by a panel of experts assembled by GRAS Associates, LLC. A 1.5 mg dose is an efficacious level for antioxidant applications. One other Astaxanthin supplier recently obtained GRAS status at a level of 0.1 mg per serving, a level that does not have significant benefits for antioxidant or other applications. “Cyanotech is very happy to have BioAstin self-affirmed GRAS, which will allow manufacturers to use BioAstin in a variety of functional food and beverage applications” said Gerald Cysewski, Cyanotech’s Founder and Chief Scientific Officer. “We took the extra steps to make sure our GRAS status can deliver a significant antioxidant punch for consumers.”

Competitors Closing Facilities: The Natural Astaxanthin market has had some very interesting news from two different suppliers recently: Two Japanese companies have closed Astaxanthin production facilities, one of which has announced that they will completely exit the market. In 2006, Yamaha Motors entered their first market outside of the motorcycle/motor market when they began producing Natural Astaxanthin. This was a surprising move for this type of company, but they saw great promise in this amazing molecule. Unfortunately, in late 2010, they announced they would withdraw from the Astaxanthin market. And Fuji Chemical Company recently closed their Astaxanthin facility in Maui, Hawaii, while still maintaining Astaxanthin production in Sweden. “We’ve seen many companies enter into the Natural Astaxanthin production arena over the years, and most of them have failed. It’s an extremely difficult microalga to produce,” added Dr. Cysewski who has been involved in microalgae research and production for over 35 years.

Cyanotech has been producing Natural Astaxanthin in its proprietary open pond system continuously since 1997; our proprietary technology allows us to grow in the most natural way possible, using the intense Hawaiian sun to make the purest, highest quality Astaxanthin in the world. “Not only does our facility produce the world’s most natural, highest quality Astaxanthin with consistency, we also have the highest capacity. We recently improved our production capacity through an intensive investment in research,” noted Dr. Cysewski. “With the closure of the Fuji and Yamaha facilities and Cyanotech’s improvements in our own capacity, we now have a commanding presence in the Astaxanthin market as not only the quality leaders, but also the clear leader in kilos produced.”

So if you want an Astaxanthin supplier with GRAS status that has excess capacity to grow with you as you grow your business, choose the supplier most likely to be able to supply you for the next several decades. Choose Cyanotech’s market-leading BioAstin Natural Astaxanthin.

For more information on BioAstin Natural Astaxanthin or to discuss formulation ideas, please contact us at [email protected] or call 808.334.9415.

Cyanotech Corporation, a world leader in microalgae technology, produces BioAstin® Natural Astaxanthin and Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica®—all natural, functional nutrients that enhance human health and nutrition. Cyanotech's spirulina, FDA reviewed and accepted as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use as a food ingredient, augments energy and immune response. BioAstin's benefits derive from its superior antioxidant activity and from its ability to support and maintain natural inflammatory response, enhancing skin, muscle and joint health. Cyanotech produces these products from microalgae grown at its 90-acre facility in Hawaii using patented and proprietary technology and distributes them to nutritional supplement, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical makers and marketers in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Cyanotech was the first microalgae company in the world to obtain ISO 9001:2000 certifications. Our products are all natural and are pesticide and herbicide free. They are free of genetically modified organisms and are produced in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Processes.

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