Strenuous exercise involves placing unaccustomed loads on the muscles. The pain that ensues is commonly referred to as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
Solabia-Algatech Nutrition has released the multi-blend AstaPure MAX, designed to reduce post-exercise muscle pain and fatigue. The formula uses the company’s Astapure Arava whole-algae complex, which delivers natural astaxanthin with essential nutrients. It’s also combined with magnesium glycerophosphate and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). The formula’s benefits for physical resilience were demonstrated in a recent 8-week survey study, the company says.
Strenuous exercise involves placing unaccustomed loads on the muscles. The pain that ensues is commonly referred to as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and can signal damage to muscle tissues. Evidence links this phenomenon to the excess production of free radicals associated with oxidative stress. This can lead to muscle damage and extend the recovery time between workouts.
“Astaxanthin is increasingly gaining recognition both by industry stakeholders and health-conscious consumers for its valuable contribution to the sports nutrition sector,” said Doron Safrai, CEO of Solabia-Algatech Nutrition. “As a world leading manufacturer of astaxanthin, our goal is to keep bringing astaxanthin-centered innovation to the market. That is why we developed the AstaPure Max formula uniquely for the flourishing sports nutrition category.”
The company’s proprietary formula is composed of whole astaxanthin algae complex derived from the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis. AstaPure Max was designed to protect muscles from oxidative damage, enhance muscle performance, reduce pain, and improve recovery, for improved athletic performance.
Over an 8-week period, 160 subjects were instructed to complete an online survey twice a week to monitor their experience, level of pain, cramps and recovery. While the MAX treatment group showed a substantial reduction in the number of subjects reporting pain, the company says the placebo group showed only a mild reduction. In the treatment group the number of subjects that reported pain after exercise was reduced from 74% at baseline to 47% after 7 week and only 35% after 8 weeks. These results were statistically different from the results of the placebo group which reported 65% at baseline, no change on week 7 and a small reduction to 58% at week 8.
“AstaPure MAX offers a comprehensive and optimised blend of ingredients with our home-grown astaxanthin,” explains Omer Grundman, PhD VP R&D and Biology for Solabia-Algatech Nutrition. “It supports muscle function and boosts cellular energy.”
The ingredient is suitable for hard-shell capsules, tablets and can be included functionally into gummies and bars. It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and allergen-free, as well as kosher- and halal-certified.