Microalgae are single celled plants that flourish in both salt- and freshwater sources. Most microalgae grow through photosynthesis - by converting sunlight, CO2 and a few nutrients into material known as biomass, this ensures the development of the most nutrient-dense microalgae.
The exceptional nutrient density of microalgae boosts immune system function in a variety of ways. Loaded with numerous vitamins and minerals that support all systems of the body, microalgae reduces inflammation, prevents illness, and enhances vitality. Therefore is the use of microalgae for the development of products with health benefits (such as nutraceuticals and functional foods), a rapidly growing market.
Among the commercially important microalgae, Haematococcus pluvialis is the richest source of natural astaxanthin. Natural astaxanthin can significantly reduce free radicals and oxidative stress and help the human body maintain a healthy state of being. With extraordinary potency and increase in demand, astaxanthin is one of the high-value microalgal products of the future.