Why High Quality Supplements Carry 3rd Party Certifications

Why High Quality Supplements Carry 3rd Party Certifications

Did you know that Hawaiian Spirulina® and BioAstin® Hawaiian Astaxanthin® hold the places as the #1 brands in their respective categories the US


The ideal location of our farm in Hawaii, high nutrient profiles, and diligent quality control allows us to produce our unique “farm to bottle” supplements that are consumer’s top choice when purchasing spirulina and astaxanthin.

While we know our spirulina and astaxanthin products are top quality, Nutrex Hawaii has taken extra steps to ensure that our products qualify for market leader third-party certifications. Third party certifications are important to look for when purchasing supplements as these certifications help ensure safer and higher-quality products. But don’t be fooled by other supplement companies that may have self-affirmed “certifications” – these are made-up logos that only mean that the company itself has verified the information to be true.  Nutrex Hawaii has independent third-party verification and auditing to verify that our certification claims are true and always maintained.

Hawaiian Spirulina and BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin carry more third-party certifications, with top of industry certifying entities, than any other spirulina or astaxanthin brand.


These certifications include:

  • USP Dietary Supplement Verification Program – This certification includes federally recognized USP-NF standards of quality, purity, potency, performance, and consistency – and FDA current good manufacturing practices. Products Verified – BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin

  • Informed Choice – A monitoring program that certifies that products have been tested on a monthly basis for substances prohibited by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). When this certification is featured on a supplement product label or material, athletes can be assured that the product has undergone rigorous checks and testing for banned substances and is safer to use. This testing is conducted by Informed Choice by taking products directly from retail shelves.  The manufacturer does not select a sample for the testing. 
    This practice adds a degree of neutrality and randomness. Many professional athletes take BioAstin as one of their daily supplements, so we feel it’s important to assure them that it’s a safe complaint supplement for them to take while training. Products Verified – BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin


  • Non-GMO Project Verified – North America’s most trusted third-party verification for non-GMO foods and products. It is a tough standard to achieve, that leaves no lead unturned.  Every ingredient and processing component is audited to ensure that it is not linked to and free of any GMO material. 
    GMO stands for genetically modified organism. This means that these organisms have been altered by humankind to include genetic material from other organisms (such as other plants, animals, bacteria or viruses.) In other words, combinations of genes are created in a lab that wouldn’t naturally occur in nature.
    The long-term impacts of GMOs on the environment have yet to be seen so we feel it’s important to provide a safe supplement and to support organizations like the Non-GMO Project by verifying that our Hawaiian Spirulina is non-GMO. Products Verified – Hawaiian Spirulina


  • Glyphosate Residue Free (The Detox Project) – Hawaiian Spirulina is certified to not contain the world’s most used herbicide – glyphosate. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer labeled glyphosate as a ‘probable carcinogen’. The Detox Project is a new certification that verifies that dietary supplements are glyphosate residue free through their own testing. No other certification entity currently tests for this contaminant.  Products Verified – Hawaiian Spirulina and BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin


  • Vegan Action (Certified Vegan.org) – This certification ensures that the product does not contain animal products or byproducts and that they have not been tested on animals.
    Hawaiian Spirulina and Hawaiian Astaxanthin are naturally vegan as it is a cyanobacteria botanical in origin.  We also do not use any animal byproducts in our cultivation practices as is done by some foreign and organic producers spirulina. Products Verified – Hawaiian Spirulina and BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin (Vegan labeled products)


  • Gluten-Free – The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), is the leader in the verification of quality, integrity, and purity of gluten-free products. Products Verified – Hawaiian Spirulina and BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin

  • IGEN™, The International GMO Evaluation and Notification™ Program - The IGEN Tested certification shows that no GMO genes or proteins are present. Products Verified – BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin

  • Kosher – OK Kosher Certification has led the world in kosher certification, innovation and service since 1935. It‘s one of the world’s most recognizable kosher-certified entities. Products Verified – Hawaiian Spirulina and BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin

  • Halal – Since 1982, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America has been helping halal customers through research, education and advocacy. Products Verified – Hawaiian Spirulina 


As our customers continue to expect the high-quality supplements, we will continue to keep pursuing these standards for trust and transparency.



† Per SPINS data in the natural channel