Spirulina is a microalgae known for its high nutritional value and health benefits. It is reported to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, liver-protecting and anti-cancer properties. This cyanobacteria is known for being successfully used by NASA as a dietary supplement for astronauts performing space missions. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, it contains large amounts of calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B and iron. It also contains essential amino acids and proteins, accounting for 60-70% of the dry weight of algae.
In addition to providing spirulina-rich chocolate, biscuits, coffee and potato chips, Omega-3 fatty acids and phycocyanins extracted from spirulina to develop dietary supplements and functional products in capsule and powder form. Europe's demand for spirulina is huge and growing every year, with great potential in markets such as France, the UK, Germany, Spain and Northern Europe.