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Where Do Carotenoids Come From?

Mar 29, 2017

Many carotenoids may be easily obtained simply by eating a good diet rich in fresh organic produce. However, the carotenoid that possesses the super lipid-soluble antioxidant I'm referring to is challenging to come by.

In fact, there are only 2 known sources…

  • A very unique source of microalgae called Haematococcus pluvialis and…

  • Sea creatures (salmon and krill, for example) that consume the microalgae

To take advantage of this powerful antioxidant the way salmon do, you would need to find and consume the type of microalgae identified above (highly unlikely), or eat a healthy supply of salmon itself.

The challenge with salmon is to get adequate amounts of the antioxidant, either expensive sockeye salmon needs to be consumed, or large amounts of other types of salmon (almost 2 pounds of Atlantic salmon).

Additionally, even if it's wild salmon, there are always concerns with mercury and other heavy metal content.


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