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Learn About Our Award-Winning Ingredients: AstaReal® Astaxanthin

Zurvita offers more than just your standard health and wellness products. Our company makes sure to go beyond industry standards to continuously push the boundaries of innovation. Backed by cutting edge research, Zurvita’s products feature not only one, but four different award-winning ingredients in some of our most coveted products. Check out why this product below is an example of our hard work and commitment to excellence:

Zurvita Performance FUE1

FUE1 is an on-the-go pre-workout supplement that is uniquely-innovated to increase energy, improve muscular performance and endurance while supporting healthy blood flow. Featured as the first step in the Zurvita Performance system, it is also Informed Sport certified and features clinically-supported and award-winning ingredients.

Finalist of the 2020 Sports Nutrition Product of the Year for NutraIngredients-USA, Zurvita Performance FUE1 features three-time award recipient, AstaReal Astaxanthin.

AstaReal Astaxanthin’s awards:

2020 Most Innovative & Scientific Ingredient of the Era

Expert Nutraceutical Advocacy Council

2019 Sports Nutrition Ingredient of the Year Finalist

NutraIngredients-USA Awards

2019 Healthy Aging Ingredient of the Year Finalist

NutraIngredients-Asia Awards


What is AstaReal Astaxanthin?

It is a potent natural astaxanthin sourced from freshwater microalgae called Haematococcus pluvialis. Capable of performing photosynthesis, microalgae are actually very important for life on earth. They produce approximately half of the atmospheric oxygen while simultaneously using the energy from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water to grow. Astaxanthin is a blood red pigment and is produced naturally in the freshwater microalgae. Flamingos and salmon feed off this, filling up on astaxanthin as it gives them their vibrant and rich, red color. Featured in FUE1, AstaReal Astaxanthin not only helps to improve skin health and radiance, but it also increases your energy, endurance and more.

How does it work?

Each cell in our body has thousands of mitochondria. These are your cells’ power plants, which essentially converts nutrients into energy, a process of storing energy within each cell called ATP. However, each time ATP is made, trillions of dangerous free radicals are produced. Although our bodies naturally form special antioxidant enzymes to defend against and neutralize this waste, stress and the demands of our busy lives limit our bodies’ ability to produce these enzymes sufficiently. For this reason, we need more antioxidant protection from our diet to supplement the defenses our body makes.

Astaxanthin is actually one of the only antioxidants that is capable of protecting both the water-soluble and fat-soluble parts of our cells. Unlike some other types of antioxidants, astaxanthin never becomes a pro-oxidant in the body so it can never cause harmful oxidation. It is also capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, which is not common in the world of antioxidants.

The AstaReal Astaxanthin featured in our Zurvita Performance FUE1 has a potent antioxidant nature and helps to protect and support your mitochondria to work better.

What are the benefits?

As one of the most unique and powerful antioxidants found in nature, AstaReal Astaxanthin is a fat-soluble carotenoid that contributions to our overall health. Powerful and packed with essential benefits, it helps to improve:

  • Antioxidant protection
  • Energy levels
  • Muscle performance and recovery
  • Endurance
  • Eye health
  • Skin health and radiance
  • Immune system
  • Gastric health
  • Lactic acid buildup
  • Blood flow

How can it work for you?

AstaReal Astaxanthin’s mitochondrial nutrition is well-documented and clinically proven. In fact, according to AstaReal Astaxanthin clinical studies, astaxanthin has shown to significantly decrease buildup of lactic acid while improving muscle endurance by 55%, enhancing power output by 15% and progressing time (speed) by 5%.* You can utilize Zurvita Performance FUE1 with AstaReal Astaxanthin as a pre-workout to not only boost your energy, but to push your body to new levels.

Clinical Trial Results


Decreased buildup of lactic acid was shown after a 1200 meter run in collegiate level male distance runners who received 4 mg/day of AstaReal Astaxanthin for four weeks. Runners had 10 mmol/L serum lactate two minutes after the run, which was significantly lower than 14 mmol/L in the placebo group.*

Muscle Performance

Improved muscle endurance was shown by 55% (27 squats) on average in male paramedic students (ages 17-19) who received 4 mg/day of AstaReal Astaxanthin during a six-month training period. The number of squats performed with a 42.5 kg dumbbell weight increased significantly compared to only a 22% (nine squats) improvement in the placebo group.*


Improved time (speed) was shown by 5% and improved power output by 15% on average in competitive male cyclists who received 4mg/day of AstaReal Astaxanthin during a two-hour pre-exhaustion ride followed by a 20 km timed trial, just after four weeks. Compared to only 0.8% (time) and 0.5% (output) on average in the placebo group.*

We hand-picked this clinically proven and award-winning ingredient to be a part of Zurvita Performance FUE1 to provide our consumers with the best ingredients that nature has to offer. To learn more about this product, visit our Performance and Fitness section under our Shop page to give you the boost you need to maximize your workout today.

*Disclaimer: These are suggested structure/function claims based on AstaReal® clinical studies. These statements herein have not been evaluated by the FDA. The products described are not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease.