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Viridian Astaxanthin – FAQ

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Viridian Astaxanthin – FAQ

What is Viridian Nutrition’s Astaxanthin? What is the recommended dosage? How long can I take Astaxanthin for? Your questions are answered by Viridian Nutrition’s Director of Nutrition Aimee Benbow in our helpful Astaxanthin FAQ.



What is Astaxanthin

Viridian Astaxanthin capsules are combination of the active ingredient astaxanthin sourced from microalgae combined with marigold flower.

The active ingredient astaxanthin is a red pigment which belongs to the xanthophyll carotenoid group naturally found in sources such as salmon, algae and crustaceans. Viridian’s Astaxanthin is cultivated from Haematococcus pluvialis at the largest photobioreactor in the world using natural waters from the Himalayas.

Why is astaxanthin bright red?

This natural colouring of the microalgae from green to red is caused by a stress reaction to strong UV light and high temperatures.

How is Viridian Astaxanthin made?

Viridian’s Astaxanthin is produced using:
  • Low carbon footprint, no artificial heating and cooling

  • Natural water from Himalayas

  • Microalgae is grown in glass tubes exposed to natural UV sunlight

  • No added excipients

  • Mixed with a base of marigold flower to add further carotenoids

Does it contain any artificial colours?

Viridian’s Astaxanthin, along with our other supplements contain 100% active ingredients and no binders or fillers. The supplements are non-GM, non-irradiated with no added sugars, artificial colours or artificial flavourings. They are palm-oil free and against animal testing, making them as pure as they can be.

Is Viridian Astaxanthin natural?

Yes, it is produced via a naturally occurring process from a specific microalgae. No chemicals or chemical processes are used to obtain the Astaxanthin.

How much should I take?

The research suggests daily doses of between 2 – 12mg have shown to have beneficial results.

When will I start to see/feel results?

Time to perceived benefits is different for each person, the evidence on Astaxanthin suggests that it needs to be consumed daily for a minimum of 12 weeks before improvements are seen. If you have any questions or concerns speak to your healthcare practitioner.

How long can I take Astaxanthin for?

Astaxanthin can be taken long term as it is a carotenoid rich antioxidant similar to those found in food sources. A long-term Italian study reviewing astaxanthin on eye health found no adverse effects when supplementing with astaxanthin for 12 months.

How is best to take Viridian Astaxanthin?

As astaxanthin is a fat-soluble nutrient it is best consumed with food containing fats.

Can I take too much?

Astaxanthin at levels of up to 16mg daily have been used safely in clinical trials. We would not advise consuming more than this amount.

At what age can Viridian Astaxanthin be taken?

Astaxanthin supplementation has not been studied in children therefore we would suggest 12 years and upwards.

How should I store Viridian Astaxanthin?

As with most Viridian capsule supplements, store in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.

Is it suitable for vegans?

Yes, Viridian’s Astaxanthin is sourced from a micro algae. However, be sure to check the source of the astaxanthin when taking a supplemental form from other brands.

Can consuming too much astaxanthin turn my skin pink?

No, not at the levels recommended.

Can I take astaxanthin alongside other supplements?

Generally yes, however, if you are unsure or have a specific query please speak to your healthcare practitioner or call the Viridian Technical Line on 01327 368333.

Can I take astaxanthin during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

We would advise against supplementing with astaxanthin as there is no safety data for use during pregnancy and breast feeding.

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The information contained in this article is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet. 


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