Spirulina algae

Spirulina algae refers to a large number of blue-green algae species that have been harvested from warm lakes in Africa, Central and South America for thousands of years. Spirulina has been used since the 16th century as a source of food and nutrients. Today, it is a popular food supplement in Japan and is marketed as a dietary supplement in the U.S. Spirulina contains large amounts of dietary protein, B-complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E and numerous minerals, such as calcium and iron. It also contains high molecular weight polysaccharides and the antioxidant phycocyanin, which may be responsible for a number of its beneficial effects on human health 1.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Natural Standard Database. 2009.