GBEX – Global Biomass Exchange
c/o MINT Engineering GmbH

Am Torfmoor 1b
01109 Dresden – Germany

Phone: +49 171 970 580 9




Haematococcus pluvalis

About the algae:

Haematococcus pluvialis is a single-celled green algae that can be found in ponds, puddles or other standing freshwater bodies, preferably in temperate areas throughout the world. The term green algae, however, is deceiving: Haematococcus is namely known for their intense red color. This is due to their high content of astaxanthin, which they produce under stressful conditions. Astaxanthin, belonging to the group of carotenoids, is the strongest natural antioxidant known so far. For Haematococcus, astaxanthin serves as a protection factor against high UV radiation and oxidative stress. For humans, astaxanthin is said to have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. The orange-red color from astaxanthin is also responsible for the reddish appearance of crustaceans and some fish. Therefore, astaxanthin has long been established in aquaculture and fish farming providing positive health and yield benefits.


About the product:

Haematococcus algae are primarily in the focus of the food and aquaculture industry because of their high astaxanthin content. They are available in various forms: On the one hand as dried microalgae biomass with an astaxanthin content of more than 5%. On the other hand it is possible using gentle CO2-extraction techniques, to obtain lipid extracts with an astaxanthin content of up to 10%. Astaxanthin is suitable for oral administration as a dietary supplement as well as for topical applications on the skin in cosmetic products. Enhanced vision as well as an improvement of skin appearance are attributed beneficial effects. Based on scientific studies, it is known that astaxanthin has an approximately 500-fold stronger antioxidant effect than a-tocopherol. Not without reason it is also called “super vitamin E”…..



  • Astaxanthin < 1 %, 3 %, 5 % and 10 %
  • High total carotenoid content



  • Astaxanthin:
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Increased skin elasticity
    • Immuno-stimulant
    • Enhanced performance