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Astaxanthin Supplementation and Cognitive Health: New Insights from Recent Research.

By News, The Algalif Blog

In the realm of health supplements, astaxanthin has garnered attention for its potent antioxidant properties. The market for astaxanthin is growing fast as more people become aware of its potential. Recently, a review paper published in the journal Nutrients explored the cognitive health benefits of astaxanthin supplementation. The paper was written by a group of scientists from Edge Hill University in the UK. It sheds light on the potential of astaxanthin to enhance mental performance and protect against cognitive decline. The paper can be found here.

Key Findings

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Haematococcus Pluvialis

Fast growing Natural Astaxanthin market

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The worldwide astaxanthin market will almost double in size in the next decade, according to a new research report from DataM Intelligence. According to the report, the combined market size for natural astaxanthin and synthetic (petrochemical) astaxanthin was USD 1.5 billion (1,500,000,000) US$ in 2023. It is expected to reach USD 2.7 billion (2,700,000,000) US$ by 2031. That is about 80% increase in market size. Note that only natural astaxanthin has health benefits for humans.

Algalíf Iceland. Natural Astaxanthin: Human Clinical Studies Overview.

Algalíf Iceland. Natural Astaxanthin: Human Clinical Studies Overview.

This means that the annual growth rate (GAGR) is 8,1%. Again, this includes both synthetic (petrochemical)  and natural astaxanthin. The authors describe the purpose of the report to be to “provide a telescopic view of the current market size by value and volume, opportunities, and development status.” The synthetic (petrochemical) astaxanthin market is much bigger in volume than the natural one, but the raw material price for natural astaxanthin is about much higher than synthetic (petrochemical).

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Astalíf™ is now certified Vegan®

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The Astalíf™ microalgae astaxanthin biomass and all Astalíf™ astaxanthin oleoresins products are now certified Vegan® by the Vegan Society. The certificate can be found here.

All Algalif´s astaxanthin products are derived from the Haematococcus Pluvialis microalgae, which makes them all vegan, but this certification ensures that all production processes are within the framework of The Vegan Society for a Vegan® certification.


The Vegan Society is the oldest vegan organization in the world. The Vegan® trademark is an internationally recognized product certification, established in 1990 by the Vegan Society. There are about 65.000 vegan products from about 30.000 companies certified by the Vegan Society around the world.

Astalíf™ is a brand name by Algalíf Iceland for astaxanthin products from microalgae. Algalif is an industry leader in the production of high-quality sustainable natural astaxanthin from microalgae. The company is the biggest producer of natural astaxanthin in Europe and one of the biggest in the world.

All astaxanthin products from Algalíf Iceland are also Carbon Neutral, Non-GMO, Halal, and Kosher certified. All Algalif certifications can be found here. Algalif Iceland and its production processes are regularly inspected by local authorities as well as the European Food Safety Authority and USA Food and Drug Administration.

All Algalif certifications can be found here.

Algalif awarded the best astaxanthin producer for four consecutive years.

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Algalif has been awarded the Global Health and Pharma Biotechnology Awards 2024 as the Best Natural Astaxanthin Products Supplier. Algalif got the same award in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

This is the ninth time the UK-based Global Health & Pharma magazine has given out the international Biotechnology Awards. The magazine is a part of AI Global Media publishing house.  Please go here to read the magazine.

“We are extremely honored by receiving these esteemed awards for the fourth time,” says Svavar Halldorsson, Algalif´s Head of Sales and Marketing. “But we need to be mindful that the real honor belongs to our dedicated teams in science, production and sales. Without their hard work, we would not be receiving any awards of any kind.”

Algalif is Europes’s biggest producer of sustainable natural astaxanthin. Algalif was the first and only Icelandic Company to be awarded the GHP Pharma Biotechnology Awards in 2022 and therefore also the first Icelandic company to win it four times.

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The Killer in the Air – Free radicals

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When a car rusts, an apple rots, or skin wrinkles, it is always due to “free radicals”. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that attack the body’s 100 trillion cells every day, triggering a destructive chain reaction that can manifest itself in a wide variety of diseases. However, we can protect ourselves from this with certain radical scavengers called “antioxidants”. One such radical scavenger, Astaxanthin, a highly potent carotenoid, is one of the strongest antioxidants. This substance can protect the body´s cells from the attacks of free radicals.

Natural astaxanthin is the strongest antioxidant

You cannot see them, cannot hear them, cannot smell them, and cannot feel them. But they are there! The Killer in the Air. Their name: “Free radicals”. This is simply oxygen molecules.

Oxygen is vital to us humans. But how can a vital element be capable of such destruction? On one hand, oxygen sustains, promotes, and fuels life – on the other hand, it causes stress and damage to our proteins and even DNA, impairing our health and well-being in multiple ways. The reason: Not all oxygen molecules are made equal.

Negative influence of oxygen molecules

The majority of respirated oxygen is stable and indispensable for life. But there are also unstable oxygen molecules, including the free radicals. Radical and non-radical oxygen molecules differ in their molecular structure. Radical oxygen species have an unpaired – unstable – electron, and this excess of energy can only be stabilized by stealing electrons from other nearby molecules, such as our proteins or DNA. This is how free radicals can quickly develop into killer substances. The radical oxygen molecules can influence our organism very negatively.

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Summary of the ongoing seismic activities in Iceland.

By News, The Algalif Blog

The ongoing volcanic eruption, that started on December 18th, and seismic activity near the town of Grindavik in the Reykjanes peninsula, do not affect the production capabilities or product delivery abilities of Algalif Iceland. All Algalif employees are safe and there is no danger to any Algalif facilities.

Algalif is located in a safe area next to the Keflavik International Airport about 25 km from the active area. Both the airport and all other businesses in the area are safe and open.

The geology of Iceland.

Iceland is a volcanic island and very young in a geological context. The island of Iceland is the result of slow lava buildup for the past 20 million years. It is located on the Mid-Atlantic ridge where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. The plates move away from each other by a few centimeters every year. That means that earthquakes are quite common and there are volcanic eruptions on average every five years for as long as there is historical data.

Picture from Wikipedia.

Picture from Wikipedia.

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A breakthrough partnership to develop unique natural biocontrol products from microalgae.

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Biotechnology companies, Algalíf Iceland and ImmunRise Biocontrol France have entered into formal discussions regarding a long-term strategic partnership for the development of a large-scale microalgae industrial center that will be the essential component for the development of new types of biocontrol solutions from microalgae for various sectors of the agriculture industry.

Starting the 1st of September 2023, along with the successful bid for EUREKA Eurostars 3 – Call for their project SEEDS OF LAVA (SOLA), both companies will aim to extend their innovative development by complementing their current strengths. The strategic partnership will establish a strong base for the development of new natural biocontrol products dedicated for plant protection in the agriculture market. The global biocontrol market turnover is valued at USD 6.5 Billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 13.7 Billion by 2027.

Joint Press Release Algalif-IBF


Superfood from the tube aquarium

By Algalif in the media, News

Alglaíf is featured in the latest issue of Schott Soulutions Magazine:

“With sustainable farming and the avoidance of animal products becoming important aspects of personal well-being, there is a rising interest in vitamin-rich, ecologically friendly superfoods like microalgae. Cultivated in glass tubes made of specialty glass, experts believe this single-celled organism could be the future of human health.”

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A truly international hub of knowledge.

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Construction on Algalif´s 12.500 m² sustainable Natural Astaxanthin production facilities in Iceland are going as planned. The company started its 30 million US$ expansion in the summer of 2021 and the plant will be fully operational by the end of 2023.  

Algalif´s current production capability is 1.500 kg of pure Natural Astaxanthin annually. After the expansion, the yearly production will be 5.000 kg of pure astaxanthin. Thereby, Algalif will be the world’s biggest producer of Natural Astaxanthin from microalgae. The company only uses green geothermal energy and pristine natural Icelandic water.  

The new plant will also make Algalif the most sustainable, and most technically advanced Natural Astaxanthin producer in the world. This is in accordance with Algalif´s goals to be a leader in sustainability and quality in the microalgae business, as well as a reliable supplier of Natural Astaxanthin at a competitive price.

Algalif will be the world's biggest producer of natural astaxanthin when its new production plant in Iceland will be operational by the end of 2023.

Algalif will be the world’s biggest producer of natural astaxanthin when its new production plant in Iceland will be operational by the end of 2023.  

A revolutionary AstaBead™ 5% natural astaxanthin beadlets.

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Algalíf and Divis Nutraceuticals have recently introduced a partnership that has led to a new and revolutionary product called AstaBead™.  Now there is a new and improved version. 

It is a 5% natural astaxanthin beadlet, which is a type of microencapsulated oleoresin that contains natural astaxanthin. It outperforms other options in various applications due to its exceptional features such as ease of handling and uniformity.  

The Astabead™ 5% comes in both compressible and cold-water dispersible forms that can be used for everything from tablets and capsules to gummies, nutritional bars, and drinks.

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