The main ingredients in Ultra Vital Gold are 4 mg AstraREAL astaxanthin, 500 mg curcumin, 2,000 mg of Incromega fish oil and 1,000 international units vitamin D3, according to Real Advantage Nutrients. Three soft gels represent a single serving of the product.
Other ingredients include gelatin, yellow beeswax, purified water, olive oil and glycerin, according to the manufacturer website. Small amounts of silicon dioxide, sunflower lecithin, turmeric and sunflower oil are also found in the product. A single serving contains 20 calories, 2 grams fat, less than 5 mg cholesterol and 1,000 mg omega-3 fatty acids. Ultra Vital Gold is marketed as an anti-aging supplement.
Astaxanthin, a natural antioxidant from a class of chemicals known as carotenoids, is derived from algae and has a pink or reddish pigment, says WebMD. This substance treats Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke and high cholesterol, though WebMD claims there is insufficient evidence to support such claims. Astaxanthin is also applied directly on skin to protect against sunburn.
The astaxanthin in Ultra Vital Gold comes from the microalgae known as Haematococcus pluvialis, according to Fuji Health Science. This plant is found in Arctic marine areas and freshwater pools all over the world; AstraREAL AB extracts the chemical from algae at a facility in Sweden.