Lubrizol introduces Astaxanthin microcapsules

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid found in freshwater microalgae, and spirulina is a type of algae

Lubrizol Life Science Health has launched Astagile microcapsules comprised of astaxanthin (Haematococcus pluvialis), microencapsulated with spirulina. The two ingredients have been combined in a patent-pending product designed to promote mental agility and support healthy aging for young and senior adults.

To create the blend, Lubrizol worked with Neoalgae Micro Seaweeds Products, a research and development company in Spain dedicated to microalgae biotechnology.

Isabel Gomez, Global Marketing Manager of LLS Health’s Nutraceutical Business said: “We’ve applied cutting-edge technology to ensure 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

Recent studies showed the cognitive enhancement effects of Astagile, Lubrizol says, including a boost in memory performance, cognition and learning capabilities, and provided antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection to the brain.

“Astaxanthin’s antioxidant activity is due to its highly conjugated structure,” said David Padró, Manager of the Nutraceuticals Business of LLS Health. “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.”

“Microencapsulation, in contrast, provides a stable, comprehensive solution to astaxanthin’s chemical instability and sensitivity to oxidation.”

The encapsulation of spirulina further enhances the antioxidant properties of astaxanthin, the company says, amplifying the benefits of both compounds. Recent in vitro studies have shown high stability and antioxidant traits.

Lubrizol cultivates its H. Pluvialis in a closed greenhouse under rigidly controlled environmental conditions via a two-stage culturing process. This reportedly ensures that the algae is free of contaminants or pollutants and results in a rich concentration of pure, high value astaxanthin.

The product has been awarded organic certification from the EU COPAE governing body. It’s delivered in a powdered format and can be integrated into multiple applications, such as tablets and capsules, and, being water-dispersible, is suitable for nutritional powders for homemade shakes.