Singapore fortified egg firm NuYolk, which goes beyond the traditional addition of omega-3 to include asataxanthin, selenium and a range of vitamins, is planning to conduct clinical studies to validate their benefits.
Chilean astaxanthin producer Atacama Bio Natural Products S.A has entered into an exclusive distribution partnership with Malaysia-based Nexus Wise to distribute its branded astaxanthin ingredients in Malaysia and Singapore.
The supplementation of astaxanthin and tocotrienol has been shown to improve composite and verbal memory in individuals who have exhibited mild forgetfulness, according to an RCT sponsored by BGG Japan.
A pilot study from Japan found that astaxanthin supplementation for three months can suppress oxidative stress and improve cardiac function and exercise tolerance in patients suffering from heart failure.
Chinese astaxanthin supplier Algae Health Science, a subsidiary of BGG World, has announced an expansion of its photobioreactor farming facility that will make it one of the biggest, if not the biggest, sources of the carotenoid in the world.
An antioxidant, astaxanthin has been linked to healthier skin, heart health, joint pain, and now, research suggests it may also reduce depression and stress in healthy subjects as well as improve memory in subjects with mild cognitive decline.
Innoso, a start-up based in Singapore, has developed a new food ingredient made from the roe of spring-spawning herring fish, one of which is incorporated with astaxanthin for an added antioxidant boost.
Almost 50 million people in Asia-Pacific are suffering from sarcopenia, and this figure is expected to rise, creating a huge need for supplements and functional food innovation to help alleviate the problem.
The Atacama Desert provides ideal conditions for growing algae for astaxanthin, but the local markets are very limited, so one company is using its location and story to grow internationally, especially in Asia.
Supplementation with astaxanthin may be able to treat and prevent UV-induced skin deterioration in otherwise healthy individuals, but its mechanisms must be futher examined, according to a Japanese study.
Many ingredient suppliers have invested in research exploring how ingesting carotenoids may protect skin from UV damage, but as warning letters from the FDA sent out last week show, sun protection is not a claim dietary supplements can make.