What is Microalgae?
As species of aquatic organisms such as seaweed are macroalgae, aquatic organisms such as spirulina, chlorella, and blue-green algae are known as microalgae. Microalgae are microscopic, single-cell organisms that exist in fresh water and marine environments and exist at the bottom of the food chain. Microalgae are a source of a wide variety of nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, and are a particularly large source of protein. Microalgae are consumed by prey fish such as sardines and herring, which in turn are consumed by bigger fish. The omega-3 fatty acids from a fish like salmon are not in fact from the salmon, but from the presence of microalgae in the food chain.

What are the health benefits of Microalgae?
Microalgae supplements are a source of energy, protein, and are easy to digest. These supplements are often taken for supporting healthy brain functions, detoxification, and building of the immune system. Some microalgae are used to treat fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, fungal infections, cholesterol-related conditions, and certain types of cancer.

Where can I find Microalgae?
Spirulina, chlorella, and blue-green algae are examples of microalgae that are available as dietary supplements. Microalgae are typically found as softgels, capsules, tablets, powders, or liquid. They can also be incorporated into other supplement products, such as green powder.

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