Something Fishy About Astaxanthin


By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog


Actually, this blog entry might be better titled, “Something NOT Fishy About Astaxanthin.”

According to the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association …

“Much of the protein used in fish feed comes from small, bony fish — such as anchovies and mackerel — which are unsuitable for human consumption. Other sources of protein include soybean meal, corn gluten meal, canola meal, wheat gluten and poultry by-products. Essential vitamins, minerals and carotenoids — which provide salmon with vitamin A and give salmon their pink colour — are added to their diet.”

Astaxanthin provides the pink color, and most of it is synthetic.

Michael McCoy (“In The Pink: Seemingly lucrative fish-coloring business proves hard for newcomers to crack,” Chemical & Engineering News, Oct. 29, 2007) wrote …

“BASF says its production process takes 14 steps, which is the longest synthesis sequence the company conducts for a single substance. In contrast, when production is by fermentation or extraction from algae, a living organism handles the messy molecule-building details.

“Yet, today, chemical synthesis still dominates astaxanthin production, a business that is worth more than $150 million per year worldwide.”

Genetically engineered food coloring, anyone?

Varda Mann, Mark Harker, Iris Pecker, & Joseph Hirschberg (“Metabolic engineering of astaxanthin production in tobacco flowers,” Nature Biotechnology, 2000) wrote ,,,

“Using metabolic engineering, we have modified the carotenoid biosynthesis pathway in tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) to produce astaxanthin, a red pigment of considerable economic value.”

What do wild salmon eat when they’re not locked up and force-fed synthetic astaxanthin in Piscatorial Penitentiary?

They eat shrimp, krill, crayfish, herring, eels, squid, grasshoppers, caddisfly larvae, etc.

They get their pinkitude from the natural color of shrimp, krill, and algae, not the synthetic biotech version of astaxanthin “useful for fish flesh staining.”

Atom Bergstrom is a regular guest on The Morning Show with Patrick Timpone, the first Monday of every month. Check out his interviews here

'Something Fishy About Astaxanthin' have 12 comments

  1. March 12, 2016 @ 1:55 am Atom

    Yellow Fat Disease (e-book) by Atom (© 2016)

    The world’s largest producer of fish oils boasts, “Omega’3s from Menhaden Oil Can Save Billions in Healthcare Costs.”

    There’s a better way …

    Fill all the world’s industrial incinerators with all the world’s fish oil supplements, then we really can save billions in healthcare costs.

    Government guidelines advise eating fish only 2-3 times a week so we don’t get overburdened with mercury and other toxins.

    What if this warning is a sham?

    What if it’s for a more underhanded reason?

    What if it’s to keep human Yellow Fat Disease at a subclinical, “idiopathic” level so mega-corporations can keep banking billions of dollars selling us fish oil supplements and fish products that are dangerous to our health?

    What if many diseases of “unknown cause” really do have a cause — known only to certain corporate and government insiders?

    What if fish isn’t the ideal food we’re told it is?

    What if fish oil — just-made or completely rancid — is a poison for most of us?

    What if so many tumors on so many pets are caused by polyunsaturated fatty acids?

    What if so many well-meaning veterinarians are slowly killing so many pets by recommending fish oils?

    Can cod liver oil kill your dog? Your cat? Your horse? Your chickens?

    Can cod liver oil kill a human being?–e-books.php


    • March 13, 2016 @ 2:58 pm Lynn_M

      I gave my dog Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil for 1 1/2 years, and after that time his previously normal liver markers in the blood went over reference range. He also has a lot of lipomas now. I was also taking it, for 7 years, and my 8-OHDG shows I’m in oxidative stress. I hadn’t consumed PUFAs other than in the FCLO.

      Is there anything a person can do to undo the effects of taking cod liver oil? Any way to get rid of lipomas?


      • March 13, 2016 @ 8:23 pm Atom

        Human beings usually have more tolerance to long-chain fatty acids than their pets due to a more varied diet.

        Make sure your dog isn’t eating any fish scraps or added fish oil (common ingredients in pet food).

        Beef with added vitamin E might be a good dog-food choice. (If practical, check with a vet or “dog whisperer” aware of the pitfalls of cod liver oil.)

        As for human beings, avoiding polyunsaturated fats and estrogenic/serotonergic foods as much as possible is a good place to start.

        Your question deserves a blog entry response. I’ll probably have one posted by Tuesday or Wednesday. :)


  2. March 12, 2016 @ 1:57 am Atom

    Lightly tap a scar in a clockwise direction. Small ones will eventually disappear.


    • March 13, 2016 @ 9:56 pm John

      How long would that take to disappear ?


      • March 14, 2016 @ 1:22 am Atom

        It took one of my friends about six months to “erase” a small scar.


  3. March 12, 2016 @ 2:09 pm Matt

    Hi Atom,

    I heard your interview with Patrick where you said that fasting decreases HGH, yet if you check the internet, there are numerous studies that show an increase in HGH after a 14 hour fast. Is there an article or study that you can point me to that shows a decrease in HGH after a fast? I really trust you!


    • March 17, 2016 @ 4:40 pm Atom

      Growth Hormone is a shock hormone.

      For example, darkness increases estrogen and nitric oxide, in turn, releasing Growth Hormone.

      Nitric oxide works wonders for a man’s penis, but it’s a free radical when set loose on the rest of the body.

      Bovine Growth Hormone makes cows give milk.

      Human Growth Hormone does the same for men, yet it’s assumed to provide massively-hard muscles and ripped abs with fewer wrinkles thrown in for good measure.

      Back in the 1980s, while managing health foods stores, I might have disagreed with fitness trainers and powerlifters like Curtis Schultz, who wrote …

      “Stay on an eating schedule and try to never deviate from it. Why so strict? Again, as stated about taking large amounts of protein and eating in the middle of the night some so-called experts will tell you not to do those things, and I say, yeah that’s why you’re small. During sleep, your body is essentially starving and cannibalizing muscle. So feed it, have some protein.”

      Nowadays, I’m “on board” with significant and timely qualifications. :)


      • March 21, 2016 @ 7:57 am John

        Nowadays, I’m “on board” with significant and timely qualifications.
        What would they be ?
        And, do you agree with this ?
        During sleep, your body is essentially starving and cannibalizing muscle. So feed it, have some protein.”


        • March 22, 2016 @ 2:01 am Atom

          I realized I’d left folks hanging, so I continued that thought in my 3-18-16 blog entry, “Keeping Abreast Of Somatotrophin.” Basically, light eating just before bedtime is protein-sparing.

          I go to bed during Growth Zone 1 at about 1:30 a.m., usually eating an orange or two and a spoonful of honey before hitting the sack.

          I have two oranges again at Spleen-Pancreas Time also.


          • March 22, 2016 @ 11:33 am John

            “I go to bed during Growth Zone 1 at about 1:30 a.m., usually eating an orange or two and a spoonful of honey before hitting the sack” – what does that do Atom ?

  4. March 23, 2016 @ 12:37 am Atom

    Re: “I go to bed during Growth Zone 1 at about 1:30 a.m., usually eating an orange or two and a spoonful of honey before hitting the sack” – what does that do Atom ?

    It preserves and can even regenerate the circulatory system.

    Also, it’s supposed to turn a fatty liver into a lean one (but I haven’t validated it yet).


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