Microalgae have attracted immense interest over the past few years, due to their substantial potential for application in fields such as lipids, antioxidants and proteins that could be beneficial for humans and animals.
Microalgae are the most important components in food chains of aquatic ecosystems, and the human diet has included them for thousands of years. They are an untapped source of a variety of health enhancing bioactive compounds.
As we become more aware of the environmental impact that our lives and diets have on the planet, we look for natural solutions to help save it. It is well known that microalgae are among the most sustainable sources of nutrition and cosmetics, so it is not surprising that microalgae products have become more popular.
Microalgae are the basis of life and play a vital role in the ecosystem, including the food that we eat and the air that we breathe. By performing photosynthesis, microalgae made life on earth possible billions of years ago and produced approximately half of the oxygen in the atmosphere.
An ancient organism at the bottom of the food chain, microalgae contain nutrients vital to our health, nutrition, and survival and hold the keys to the longevity and survival of life on our planet. They produce nearly all of the basic nutritional elements of life, including lipids, proteins, carotenoid pigments, vitamins and minerals.
Microalgae have the ability to grow rapidly, efficiently utilize light energy, fix atmospheric CO2 and produce more food per hectare than traditional crops. It has been estimated that there are between 200k–800k different microalgae species on our planet and out of all of them just a small number are available commercially.
Microalgae are incredibly fast-growing and resilient organisms that do not require extensive arable land and time costs. They can double in size in 24 hours and produce their active ingredients in a matter of weeks. Despite the benefits of these miracle microalgae, there are water and energy costs associated with its production.
As innovations in technology and bioengineering improve, cultivation is likely to become as ecofriendly as the microalgae itself!
Whether it’s open-pond or closed photobioreactors, cutting-edge technology allows for the production and cultivation of microalgae. As technology innovations grow, our eco-footprint will shrink.
Microalgae produce their stellar compounds through photosynthesis, and they are aquatic organisms, which means they require a lot of sunlight and water.
Cultivation of microalgae is a delicate process that requires expertise at every level.
For over 20 years, Solabia – Algatech Nutrition has been a powerhouse in microalgae cultivation. As one of the few companies in the world to produce commercial-scale, high-quality microalgae-sourced products, we cultivate a wide variety of microalgae.
At our facility situated in Israel’s Arava dessert, we make use of the inhospitable climate. We avoid high-energy usage associated with microalgae with a combination of using the Arava desert’s year-round sunlight. We reduce our electricity usage by using the photovoltaic energy from a nearby solar farm . With the power of photosynthesis, our microalgae produce countless compounds with clinically proven health benefits in dietary supplements, food, and cosmeceuticals.
We use a closed system of glass tubes called photobioreactors, which gives them optimal exposure to sunlight to drive growth while retaining water. We use recycled water to control and maintain temperature, even at the height of summer. Not only does this ensure growth, but it also reduces our ecological footprint.
With an estimated 200,000-800,000 species of microalgae, we’ve narrowed it down to 5 super-effective and versatile strains with compounds that can make any industry green.
This freshwater green microalga is the best source of natural astaxanthin, one of the most powerful antioxidants known to man. Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae creates Astaxanthin, to protect itself from stressful environmental conditions, which we can use to protect ourselves from free radicals.
A naturally rich source of Fucoxanthin, an orange-brown carotenoid, plays a part in energy transfer and helps protect the microalga from oxidative stress. Not only does Fucoxanthin have antioxidant benefits, but when in the form of a dietary supplement, it may promote metabolic health, including management of glucose and lipids levels and liver health.
This single-celled microalga produces linear β 1-3 glucan, called Paramylon that is known for its immuno-modulatory functions. E. gracilis contains a high content of beta-glucans, complete proteins, and essential vitamins and minerals, free of solvents and additives.
This marine microalga is known for its ability to synthesize a wide array of high-value compounds such as sulfated polysaccharides, pigments, poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and phycobiliproteins. The lipids and carbohydrates in this microalga’s biomass make it perfect for pharmaceuticals and biofuel.
Is used widely in aquaculture hatcheries to establish the initial step of a live food chain. Rotifers that consume the algae carry fatty acids to the fish larvae. The advantage of Nannochloropsis over other unicellular algae is primarily its unique lipids composition. This unique composition can also be utilized to produce oil for cosmetics and dietary supplements.
Having developed expertise in algae cultivation for more than 20 years, Solabia-Algatech Nutritions’ scientists are constantly researching new algae and ingredients derived from algae to promote health through microalgae innovations and active ingredients.