How is Solasta® Made
Natural, non-genetically modified strains of Haematococcus pluvialis are cultivated in enclosed photobioreactors using purified water to produce algal biomass used in the production of Solasta®. The algae are harvested by centrifugation and the astaxanthin is extracted using super-critical carbon dioxide to ensure the safety, quality, and consistency of Solasta®. No pesticides, GMOs, or animal derived materials are used in the production of Solasta®.
Solasta® is extracted in the USA.
Solasta® meets the strict quality standards set forth in the Astaxanthin Esters Monographs of the Food Chemical Codex1 and the US Pharmacopeia2.
USP Standards include: astaxanthin percentage, heavy metals, moisture and pheophorbide. USP requires testing for pheophorbide, a toxic compound and a potential by-product produced by poor quality raw material and/or harsh processing conditions during the astaxanthin extraction.
Solix Algredients has been awarded a Natural Products Association/UL GMP Certification for the manufacturing of Solasta® Astaxanthin. GMP (or cGMP) refers to the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations enforced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In addition, Solasta® Astaxanthin has received the “Approved Quality” seal certification from ConsumerLab.com.
High-Quality Supply Chain Built for Customers:
10-Point “Solasta® Astaxanthin Supply Chain Advantage”
- Total System Quality. Solix Algredients’ quality starts with a robust quality supplier certification program. This includes raw material, in-process, and finished product testing that meets or exceeds the highest industry quality requirements.
- Closed Growing Systems. Our biomass growers produce high-quality natural algal biomass in closed photobioreactor systems that meets the Solix quality management system standards.
- Natural Sun Power. Direct sunlight is the energy source powering the growth of this high-quality natural algal biomass.
- Biomass Quality and Value. We purchase biomass because it enables us to provide the most economical, added-value finished ingredients to customers. Growing the biomass ourselves in the USA would result in higher priced astaxanthin for customers.
- Direct Audits. We have visited and audited each of these growers and they have been qualified as critical suppliers in our internal quality management system.
- Biomass Flexibility. Solix has the flexibility to source particular types of algal biomass in the most economic growing regions. Different algae require different growing conditions and some geographic areas are much more suited to growing particular types of algae than others. For example, Haematococcus pluvialis grows best in areas with lots of daily sunshine, but without excessive daily temperatures where cooling of the photobioreactor tubes would be required.
- USA Extraction. We work with a US-based extractor that, for nearly 45 years, has applied supercritical fluids to the extraction of a wide range of natural ingredients. They have also been extracting astaxanthin for many years for some of the leading astaxanthin suppliers.
- Customer Value. We add value in transforming the biomass into Solasta® Astaxanthin in the USA, and in turn provide customers with a reliable, high-quality supply of natural astaxanthin.
- USP Grade. Solasta® conforms to the stringent USP astaxanthin standard, including testing for pheophorbide.
- Speed and Flexibility. Solix maintains USA-based product inventories for rapid customer delivery. And, our in-house, USA blending operation provides the option to formulate with high quality, natural astaxanthin in a variety of carrier oils, such as safflower oil, extra virgin olive oil and DHA oil.
Solasta® Astaxanthin is available in two oleoresin concentrations:
• 5% natural astaxanthin
• 10% natural astaxanthin
Solasta® Astaxanthin 10% oleoresin simplifies the customer’s manufacturing process and results in both time- and cost-saving benefits. Solasta® 10% does not need to be heated before being used in formulations and gelcap filling. That’s because it’s tailored for easier handling and processing efficiency, which solves the challenge of pre-heating the ingredient during the manufacturing process. This breakthrough is achieved by a lower viscosity that enables improved flowability.
- Food Chemical Codex (2013) 8th ed., pp 89-94.
- US Pharmacopeia (2015) 38th ed., pp 5892-5894.