ADM introduces Onavita DHA algal oil

ADM introduces Onavita DHA algal oil

Archer Daniels Midland Company has introduced Onavita DHA algal oil, a new DHA product from a high-quality, reliable U.S. algae supplier. Onavita DHA algal oil is the newest addition to ADM’s Omega-3 product line, which also includes Onavita ALA from non-GMO flaxseed oil. Omega-3s are vital for proper…

Spirulina promoted to fight malnutrition in India

Spirulina promoted to fight malnutrition in India

The Times of India reports that nearly 56% of India’s population is malnourished, according to the World Food Programme report. This statistic was quoted by Dr. Ram Rajasekharan, director of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research — Central Food Technological Research Institute…

Healthy Origins astaxanthin receives NAXA seal

Healthy Origins astaxanthin receives NAXA seal

The Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association (NAXA) has announced that Healthy Origins® astaxanthin products have qualified for the NAXA verification seal. The NAXA Verification Program (NAVP) involves testing products to verify they contain natural algae astaxanthin derived from Haematococcus pluvialis…

WholeFoods calls astaxanthin “King of Carotenoids”

WholeFoods calls astaxanthin “King of Carotenoids”

WholeFoods Magazine, a shopper’s guide to current health and nutrition information, and new and emerging product categories, has in its current issue dubbed astaxanthin “The King of Carotenoids.” The issue takes a deep look at practical information on the algal-derived super antioxident, describing its broad palate of…

Health Canada approves three red/green algae products

Health Canada approves three red/green algae products

BioAge, a wholistic health company that provides BioSuperfood products to the United States and Canada, has announced that Health Canada, under the Natural Health Products Regulations, has approved three BioSuperfood products for those looking for natural alternatives for their health needs. The algae…

Seaweed foraging — the new gourmet sport

Seaweed foraging — the new gourmet sport

Joy Lanzendorfer reports for NPR that, as seaweed continues to gain popularity for its nutritional benefits and culinary versatility, more people are taking up seaweed foraging to eat it fresh, as well as sell it to restaurants in up scale places like Napa and San Francisco. Heidi Herrmann, owner of Strong Arm Farm in Healdsburg…

Sun Chlorella to roll out awareness campaign

Sun Chlorella to roll out awareness campaign

FoodBev Media reports that Sun Chlorella will leverage the growing reputation of algae in a new marketing campaign for 2017 in the UK, designed to extend the appeal of chlorella supplements beyond its current consumer base and into more mainstream markets. Alongside a PR campaign highlighting the…

TerraVia’s Whole Algal Protein gets Canadian approval

TerraVia’s Whole Algal Protein gets Canadian approval

TerraVia has announced that Health Canada has issued an approval for its Whole Algal Protein ingredient for food use in Canada. With this approval, TerraVia has achieved regulatory approval for its portfolio of AlgaVia® Whole Algae Ingredients, including AlgaVia® Whole Algal Protein…

DHA-enriched pork, milk and eggs coming to market

DHA-enriched pork, milk and eggs coming to market

Algae nutritional products from Alltech are now registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for use in the diets of pigs, dairy cows and laying hens. The DHA found within algae can naturally enrich pork, milk and eggs. Canadian dairy, swine and layer producers will be able to market their DHA-enriched…

Astaxanthin suppliers exploring new algae strains

Astaxanthin suppliers exploring new algae strains

Jennifer Grebow reports for Nutritional Outlook magazine from the SupplySide West ingredient trade show in Las Vegas that, according to natural astaxanthin suppliers, the industry’s struggles to meet rising demand with supply are a thing of the past. Suppliers are now looking forward with a focus on new research…

Astaxanthin program to treat Sarcopenia

Astaxanthin program to treat Sarcopenia

Sarcopenia is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle. In sarcopenia, muscle mass, quality, and strength progressively decreases beyond the normal aging process, compromising physical function and independence, increasing risk of disability, and lowering quality of life in older adults. Although it is estimated that sarcopenia…

Virginia startup pitching new spirulina drink

Virginia startup pitching new spirulina drink

Katie Demeria at the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia native Elliot Roth wants people to drink spirulina.“It’s a highly efficient food source, and it can grow practically anywhere,” says Mr. Roth, a 2015 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and founder and CEO of Spira…

AFA: From Horse Food to Wellness Trend

AFA: From Horse Food to Wellness Trend

Katie Van Syckle writes in New York Magazine that, as a heath-food trend, many swear by blue-green algae’s (BGA’s) energy-boosting properties. In health-food circles, BGA usually refers to spirolina, chlorella, or a quickly rising star by the name of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). Spirulina has been on the market for…

India’s spirulina conundrum

India’s spirulina conundrum

Afshan Yasmeen reports in The Hindu that India’s recent moves to provide two grams of spirulina as nutritional supplements to undernourished children living in the country’s anganwadi shelters in the state of Karnataka is getting push back from some activists and nutritionists who see it as inferior to a balanced meal…

25 ways to eat spirulina

25 ways to eat spirulina

Pete Hughes in England writes about a former Oxford Times writer who has published a book of 25 recipes all featuring spirulina as a prime ingredient. There is even a recipe for dog biscuits. Helen Peacocke wrote her Green Power cookbook inspired by an Abingdon charity’s project to farm spirulina in Africa as a cheap…

New algal-based sugar substitute

New algal-based sugar substitute

Fiona Macrae writes for the London Independent that British scientists claim to have found a green alga that produces a sugar-like chemical to protect it from harm. When refined into a white powder, the substance can be used to sweeten products without adding calories. GlycoMar, a Scottish marine biotechnology…

Food execs “bullish” on plant proteins, algae

Food execs “bullish” on plant proteins, algae

Teresa Novellino writes in the New York Business Journal that we should expect to see more plant-based proteins, algae and meat-mimicking products on our plates and in our grocery stores in the future. Alternative foods dominated the discussion at Rethink’s Future Food-Tech conference this week in Manhattan…

Malnourished children in India get spirulina boost

Malnourished children in India get spirulina boost

Ashwini Y S, Bengaluru writes in India’s Deccan Herald that the Department of Women and Child Development has launched a spirulina dietary supplement program for Anganwadi children in the south western state of Karnataka, claiming that the initiatives carried out by three major organizations…

Algae-based VeganEgg debuts

Algae-based VeganEgg debuts

Michael Crane reports for Nutritional Outlook that Follow Your Heart, of Canoga Park, CA, is debuting its new algae-based VeganEgg egg-replacement finished product, which it says is the “first of its kind to scramble, bake, and cook just like a chicken egg.” VeganEgg first hit select shelves in late 2015, but the full…

Seaweed growing at the dinner table

Seaweed growing at the dinner table

Jason Tetro writes in the Huffington Post that the history of seaweed at the dinner table is longstanding. Back in 600 BC, a Chinese author supposedly stated, “Some algae are a delicacy fit for the most honored guests, even for the King himself.” Back then, these water grasses were considered to be a delicacy rather than a source…

German entrepreneur mining rooftop spirulina

German entrepreneur mining rooftop spirulina

CleanMalaysia.com reports that rooftop spirulina gardens are part of a burgeoning do-it-yourself urban farm project in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital. They are aimed at growing edible algae that are high in nutritional value and easy to cultivate in homemade bioreactors on otherwise…

Astaxanthin study shows spatial memory enhancement

Astaxanthin study shows spatial memory enhancement

With the recent rise in popularity of naturally-derived supplements for good health, there has been increased attention on developing so-called “brain foods,” or foods which can enhance brain function. Of particular interest has been the natural red pigment astaxanthin (ASX) abundant in both salmon…

New spirulina and cancer study

New spirulina and cancer study

Alex Strauss writes in Surviving Mesothelioma about a new study on spirulina’s effects on five major types of cancer. Spirulina — a cyanobacterium, or blue-green algae, that is cultivated as a dietary supplement and as a whole food — is rich in plant proteins and contains other vitamins and minerals…

Chlorella touted as hangover cure

Chlorella touted as hangover cure

Lisa Ryan writes for London’s Daily Mail that Chlorella has emerged as a superfood “hero,” full of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients – known as a powerful liver and metal detoxifier that can knock out colds, flus and viruses, and even improve skin. Now, say experts, the single-cell green algae strain can also…

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