Lubrizol Life Science Health (LLS Health), based in the US, has recently launched ASTAGILE microcapsules, its new sustainable, organic-certified astaxanthin (Haematococcus pluvialis) microencapsulated with spirulina. The two ingredients have been uniquely combined in a patent-pending product designed to promote mental agility and support healthy ageing for young and senior adults.
Both Astaxanthin and spirulina possess numerous health-promoting effects. To create the synergistic algae blend, LLS Health collaborated with Neoalgae Micro Seaweeds Products, SL, a research and development company in Spain dedicated to microalgae biotechnology.
Speaking about the microcapsules, Isabel Gomez, Global Marketing Manager, LLS Health’s Nutraceutical Business, said, “This new nootropic is an all-natural formula with superior stability. We’ve applied cutting-edge technology to ensure the stability of the naturally occurring carotenoids, that coupled with our microencapsulation technology allows us to draw out the maximum antioxidant capacity and achieve full functional benefits, all while using less of the astaxanthin dose - enabling a more cost-efficient solution for those interested in preserving and enhancing their cognitive function.”
“Astaxanthin’s antioxidant activity is due to its highly conjugated structure. However, it also makes it prone to instability and subsequent degradation during the manufacturing and storage process. This can lead to loss of biological activity, significantly limiting its use in nutraceutical applications,” added David Padró, Manager - Nutraceuticals Business, LLS Health.
“Microencapsulation, in contrast, provides a stable, comprehensive solution to astaxanthin’s chemical instability and sensitivity to oxidation.” Gomez adds that the encapsulation of spirulina further enhances the antioxidant properties of astaxanthin, amplifying the benefits of both compounds.
ASTAGILE has been awarded organic certification from the EU COPAE governing body, enabling a clean label product. It is delivered in a powdered format and can be integrated into multiple applications, such as tablets and capsules, and in being water-dispersible, it is suitable for nutritional powders for homemade shakes and sport nutrition beverages.