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Haematococcus Astaxanthin as feed: a profitable upgrade

Haematococcus Astaxanthin as feed: a profitable upgrade

Investments and upgrades must pass a simple test: will the extra expense result in a higher profit? In the aquafeed market, synthetic Astaxanthin has predominantly been the pigmentation source of choice for fish and shrimp. The natural alternative, natural Astaxanthin from Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae, has failed to compete price-wise even when the extra benefits beyond colour are well studied and provable. 

A recent work by Martin Guerin[1] reviews the pigmentation improvements achieved in fish (red seabream -Pagrus major- and red porgy -Pagrus pagrus-) as well as in cooked vannamei shrimp when using Haematococcus Astaxanthin (HAX) as compared to synthetic Astaxanthin (SAX). The article also mentions other essential factors such as higher survival rate, better stress resistance, and better growth. The work also comments on the increasing supply of HAX along with more competitive prices. More scientific articles studying the advantages of HAX over SAX can be found in journals such as Aquaculture Nutrition and Marine Biology.

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Cooked L. vannamei shrimp (Pacific white), after 8 weeks of basal, natural Haematococcus astaxanthin (N-Ax), synthetic astaxanthin (S-Ax), and commercial feed diets. Extracted from [2].


The "go natural" trend for human food and supplementation should also be considered to impact the Return of Investment (ROI) of switching to HAX for fish and shrimp supplementation. A 2013 research by Capelli, Bagchi, and Cysewski[3] provides in-depth details on the differences between SAX and HAX in terms of antioxidant power, composition, and safety. It concludes with a recommendation against SAX for human consumption until clinical trials can prove its efficacy and clear any harm concerns.


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Working open photobioreactors in Production Unit #1.


Atacama Bio Natural Products S.A. has its facilities in one of the most favored locations to industrially grow Haematococcus pluvialis, the Atacama Desert in the north of...

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Jose Arenas

Jose Arenas

VP Global Marketing, Atacama Bio Natural Products S.A.

Nowadays, I am embarked on the great challenge of educating and promoting the uses of our natural, NAXA verified, astaxanthin from Haematococcus pluvialis. The robust, state-of-the-art, proprietary process at Atacama Bio Natural Products S.A. yields top quality products for human consumption and animal feed purposes. Atacama Bio Natural Products S.A. is a private, Chilean, biotechnology corporation that cultures algae to extract healthy ingredients for human well-being. Its name comes after the surrounding Atacama desert, world famous as astronomers paradise because of its pristine atmosphere. Besides, its location, away from any agricultural or populated areas, is a strong warranty for secure algae cultivation with no environmental pollution. Our prime product is natural, NAXA verified Astaxanthin from Haematococcus pluvialis. It has several uses for human consumption and animal feed purposes.

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