In the partnership UNPA will help NAXA to advance the state of natural algal astaxanthin dietary supplement education, research, safety and quality, both nationally and internationally. Such collaborations may include educational workshops and information, technical and science exchanges.
NAXA was formed in 2014 with the goal to differentiate astaxanthin derived from the cultivation of the Haematococcus pluvias species of algae from synthetic forms of astaxanthin. The founding members of the organization were AlgaTech, Cyanotech and Fuji. NAXA members contend that because of sterioisomer differences, the synthetic forms cannot claim to have the same activity in the body as can the algal forms, on which the research has been based.
“Dietary supplement ingredient education and understanding is critical in today’s climate,” said Scott Steinford, NAXA president. “The relationship with UNPA will help further NAXA’s ability to gain industry recognition, insight and access on natural algal astaxanthin and to educate UNPA members about the research, safety, quality and efficacy of this essential nutrient.”
The synthetic forms until recently have been approved food additives for use in aquaculture feed to give the flesh of farmed salmon and trout a healthy-looking red color. The manufacturers of these ingredients, which include Dutch giant DSM, contend that their ingredients have gone through rigorous safety testing on the way to getting food additive status.