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Arthrospira platensis (Spirulina)

About the algae:

Originally Spirulina platensis comes from alkaline salt lakes of tropical and subtropical regions.It is now one of the world’s most popular microalgae, although strictly speaking, it is not a microalgae. Spirulina platensis is biologically attributed to cyanobacteria, one of the oldest forms of life. The two accessory pigments phycoerythrin and phycocyanin allow them to colonize habitats with low light intensity. The blue-green phycocyanin, to which the “blue-green algae” owes its name, is used in various products of the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and food industries due to its strongly coloring and antioxidant effect. Their ability to accumulate protein levels of up to 65 percent, as well as their high content of valuable health-promoting ingredients, has made Spirulina platensis known as “superfoods”.



About the product:

Whether in lemonade, ice cream or natural cosmetics – the great potential of Spirulina platensis is increasingly being used on an industrial scale.The reason is their high content of phycocyanin. The blue pigment protein, which depending on the culture conditions can account for more than 30 percent of the biomass of this unique microalgae, combines its strong coloring with numerous health-promoting properties. This makes it an attractive natural dye for food and cosmetics. Phycocyanin from Spirulina platensis has now gradually displaced artificial blue dyes from an increasingly demanding market due to its natural harmlessness. However, Spirulina platensis has already been established worldwide as a superfood for years. With increasingly effective cultivation methods, Spirulina platensis plays also from European production facilities more and more an important role as a high-quality raw material of the future.



  • high protein content of up to 65%
  • Phycocyanin content of 10 – 30%
  • balanced nutrient spectrum



  • established as a superfood
  • offers with phycocyanin a natural blue dyehealth promoting propertiesanti-inflammatory effects
  • antioxidativ