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Algae Supplements: What You Need to Know

Algae Supplements: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!

They may be small, but they sure can pack a punch! Rising from the waters and coming to a  formula near you, let's take a closer look at how this versatile ingredient is finding its way into 2018's hottest dietary supplement products!

 

What are algae supplements?

Algae is a key source of nutrients for a vast assortment of fish and other kinds of marine life. That said, the days of al Before we dive in, it's worth taking a moment to point out that every supplement formula is different and that these suggestions may be applicable to your next supplement formula, but they may not be – and that's okay. There are always new formulations to consider and supplements to be made!

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's dive on in!

What Are Algae Supplements?

Algae Protein Powder

On the science side of things, the amount of protein that's been found to exist within certain species of algae is nothing less than impressive! Research has shown that dried spirulina (a popular variety of blue-green algae) can contain as much as 70% protein by weight!

That's almost three times more protein per serving than beef! For a tablespoon-sized serving (roughly 7 grams), this translates to nearly 4 grams of protein. Not too shabby for a bunch of single-celled sea plants, huh?

What's more, research has also shown that when compared to other plant-based sources of protein, spirulina may be easier for the human body to digest thanks to the structure of its cell walls. For more information on the nutritional profile of spirulina read Spirulina: A Single-Celled Nutritional Wonder.

Expected Growth in Algae Protein Market

When it comes to the alternative proteins market, algae protein (along with many other plant-based protein sources) and interest in algae protein extraction methods has started to capture some serious attention from consumers and industry insiders alike.

According to Research and Markets, the global algae protein market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.03% to reach a total market size of US$0.838 billion by 2023, increasing from US$0.596 billion in 2018, according to Research and Markets (December 2017).

Along with being an environmentally responsible option (algae farming has been found to be a carbon neutral practice), algae and algae powders can technically be enjoyed by a larger portion of the consumer population than traditional whey or casein-based protein powders.

If marketed correctly, an algae-centric formulation has the potential to meet the needs the following consumers:

  • Vegetarian and Vegan Consumers
  • Consumers with Dairy/Lactose Concerns
  • Whey & Casein Protein Consumers

Considerations When Creating Algae Supplements

Before we dive in, it's worth taking a moment to point out that every supplement formula is different and that these suggestions may be applicable to your next supplement formula, but they may not be – and that's okay. There are always new formulations to consider and supplements to be made!

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's dive on in!

Algae, like many plant-based protein sources, has a natural taste that can only be described as nothing less than acquired. While some people have no objection to their pungent, ocean-capturing flavor, others can't stand it.

Our recommendation? When working with a protein formulation that includes a significant amount of algae, make sure your contract powder manufacturer has the experience and the resources to flavor the final product in a way that will leave your customers wanting more. For more information on how NutraScience Labs can be of assistance in this area, call 855-492-7388 or send us your request to receive a free manufacturing price quote.

Other Ways to Incorporate Algae into Your Next Supplement Formulation

Relying on algae as a source of protein isn't your only option. The vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, and omega-3 rich profiles of certain species of algae lend themselves to a near infinite number of formulation possibilities!


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November 22nd, 2016

About the Author:

 
Melissa DellaBartolomea

Melissa DellaBartolomea was the resident Content Marketing Specialist at NutraScience Labs from February 2016 to July 2018. Driven by a passion for the world of written, visual, and digital media, she's dedicated herself to keeping up with all things nutraceutical. From ingredient insights to the latest in contract manufacturing regulations and trends, her mission is to provide our readers (like you) with the stories and knowledge they need to fuel long-term growth and nutraceutical industry success.