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Spirulina Extract: Healthy Coloring Agent the same as for Curcumin

Spirulina is rich in protein and vitamins. It has been included in China's new resource foods and is often used to make health foods. In spirulina, Spirulina is not only a health supplement but is widely used as a colorant in food additives in the food industry.

According to the U.S. Federal Gazette, on July 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a notice to amend the Food Colorants Regulations and approve spirulina extracts as cooked shell colorants. The FDA has assessed that the use of Spirulina extract as a coloring agent for cooked shell eggs is safe and can be added in accordance with production requirements. The new regulations will take effect on August 3. In 2015, the FDA approved Spirulina extract as a colorant for use in dietary supplements, pharmaceutical tablets, and capsules.


In China, Spirulina extract (Algae Blue) is also an important colorant. Has been allowed to use in frozen drinks, candy, spices, fruit and vegetable juices, flavored drinks and jellies.

Health Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina grows in the alkaline lakes of tropical and subtropical areas and is named Spirulina because of its spiral shape. Spirulina protein content as high as 60% to 70%, is the highest protein content of plants and animals have been found in humans, in addition, a reasonable balance of amino acid composition, almost similar to human blood proteins, easily absorbed by the body. Of the 17 amino acids contained in Spirulina, 8 are essential amino acids that the human body cannot synthesize. The study also found that Spirulina also contains a wide variety of vitamins and is the food with the highest vitamin B and carotene content. These amino acids and proteins give Spirulina the ability to boost immunity, regulate blood sugar. In addition, Spirulina-rich Y-linolenic acid can reduce the body's cholesterol, which can effectively reduce high blood pressure and prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol.

In view of the nutritional value of Spirulina, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed spirulina to enter the international market as a food additive after a rigorous toxicity test. The current worldwide production of spirulina powder has reached more than 1,000 tons.

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