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Microalgae – Algatech’s Powerful Inspiration For Improving The Wellbeing Of Everyone On The Planet


Introducing Algatech’s Microalgae story of life

Algatech (Algatechnologies) Ltd. is the world’s leading, ecologically friendly, personal well-being product company harnessing the power of microalgae, which are single-celled plants found in oceans, lakes and rivers. The company’s manufacturing powerhouse is in Kibbutz Ketura, the Arava desert, which is well positioned between the dead sea to the red sea, to benefit from the region’s unique climate for quality microalgae culture. Algatech has been working business to business (B2B) together with the top brands and industry leaders since 1998 to fulfil the company’s vision to bring the good that’s in microalgae to consumers around the world. Innovative science, and ecologically friendly biotechnologies are at the core of the company’s relentless mission to elevate the well-being of everyone on the planet through microalgae innovation.

The Power of Microalgae

In nature, and so too at Algatech, everything started with microalgae. The story of life on Earth dates back at least 3.5 billion years, and begins with single-celled organisms, some of which are the ancestors of the microalgae that Algatech harnesses today. Microalgae made life on earth possible for the rest of us by performing photosynthesis, producing about half of the atmospheric oxygen.

They started out at the base of the food chain, meaning microalgae hold the secret to produce everything necessary for life;  themselves. Salmon, shrimp, lobsters, and other sea creatures get their pinkish color by directly or indirectly consuming microalgae containing Algatech’s not-so-secret ingredient – astaxanthin.

Microalgae required great stamina and resilience to overcome the conditions at the beginning of cellular life on earth. These included harmful U.V. light and oxidising environments. Astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant known to science and one of the keys to microalgae and Algatech’s success.

Algatech can produce astaxanthin and a second key antioxidant produced by microalgae, which we call Fucovital®, at scale.

Algatech’s Microalgae

Algatech harnesses the power of four incredibly valuable, detoxifying, nourishing, and clean-label, microalgae for health and well-being, Haematococcus pluvialis, Phaeodactylum, Porphyridium, and Nannochloropsis:

  1. pluvialis is a freshwater species of microalgae with a pivotal position at the forefront of the whole foods, aquaculture, and cosmetics markets. It is also the source of nature’s most powerful antioxidant –  astaxanthin.

Phaeodactylum is the source of Algatech’s Fucovital® dietary supplement, the secret of the Japanese diet, shown to promote fat burning and protect against metabolic syndromes such as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

Porphyridium is a rich natural source of bioactive sulfated polysaccharides, with anti-inflammatory, analgesic and free-radical scavenging activity. These important polysaccharides have broad industrial and pharmaceutical applications.

Nannochloropsis is a leading protein and essential fatty acids source with a key market in the expansive  aquaculture industry. In addition to astaxanthin, the species is also rich in zeaxanthin, important for eye health and canthaxanthin, a dashing food pigment that enhances seafood coloration.


Nutraceutical products include supplements, functional foods, drinks and the type of quality raw nutritious and functional ingredients that Algatech has considerable expertise in producing. For example, Algatech’s AstaPure® H. pluvialis is extremely stable compared to the competition, beating them, hands down, according to NAXA stability testing. This is highly valued. According to a 2018 survey of nutraceutical industry insiders by the publication Nutraceuticals World, one of the top concerns (43% of respondents) was regarding quality issues. Algatech represents a quality standard that is unmatched in the industry.

AstaPure® Astaxanthin – a premium natural astaxanthin, a deep reddish-orange carotenoid pigment, first identified and isolated in 1938 by Nobel Prize-winning chemist Richard Kuhn, and now produced by Algatech. Astaxanthin is an excellent antioxidant and quality anti-inflammatory compound, that protects human and animal cells under stress conditions, delaying signs of aging. There are more than 1,500 peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals studying its health effects.

Fucovital® – a patented, all-natural, 3% fucoxanthin oleoresin produced and extracted from microalgae. Fucovital’s unique composition is the first fucoxanthin granted New Dietary Ingredient Notification (NDIN) acknowledgement for dietary supplements from the FDA.

AstaPure® Arava – a natural, whole food, clean-label product that encapsulates all the good that Algatech’s H. pluvialis microalgae has into a tablet. Astaxanthin, polysaccharides, vitamins, prebiotic fibers, fatty acids, and healthy proteins.


Algatech provides the world with the largest Photo Bio Reactor facility on earth, which is more than 600 km (310 miles) long. It eliminates microalgal exposure to chemical, physical, or microbiological contamination.

Algatech cultivates microalgae in a patented, eco-friendly, closed system that guarantees the production of safe, pure ingredients and minimizes its environmental footprint. The company holds intellectual property on the unique line of high yield and quality non-GMO “Arava” strains, amongst other patents including the enhanced shelf-life (ESL) technology.

AstaPure® has self-affirmed GRAS and is produced in an ISO-9001:2008 and ISO 22000:2015 certified facility. AstaPure® is also Non-GMO project verified, USDA Organic, Halal and Kosher certified.

The company is constantly working to unlock the nutraceutical potential of microalgae, discovering and industrializing new strains, and producing it in large scale through methods beneficial to both consumers and the planet.

This blog is part of Algatech’s story of life, documenting its mission to improve the wellbeing of everyone on the planet, by harnessing the power for good in microalgae. Stay tuned . . .