Dietary supplements go green thanks to chlorella

Roquette offers a range of ingredients adapted to the dietary supplements sector: chlorella.


The dietary supplements segment is complex, encompassing many products. The challenges for ingredient manufacturers in this sector are thus to distinguish themselves by marketing new ingredients or new features and promoting demonstrated health benefits to B2C industries and consumers. How though can we innovate in a changing environmental context? Some explanations.


A sector in search of innovations

To fully understand the dietary supplements market, we must first understand the meaning. Dietary supplements were defined, by European directive 2002/46/EC as "foodstuffs whose purpose it is to supplement the normal diet and […] marketed in dose-form, […] intended to be taken in small volume measured units.” Thus, by dietary supplements, we mean: vitamins and mineral, medicinal plants, traditional and homeopathic remedies, complexes and other supplements such as fibers, omega-3 fatty acids or amino acids.

Nutrition and Health are becoming more and more important for modern society, as shown by the following points:

  • Population ageing and increased prevalence of certain diseases such as obesity and diabetes
  • Progress in nutrition research
  • Consumer awareness of the importance of preserving one's health
  • Involvement of public authorities and industries
  • Nutritional communication campaign aimed at consumers (PNNS for example)
  • Etc.

The consumption of dietary supplements fits into a strong trend: individuals wish to become actively involved in their health and well-being. The sector's industries have clearly understood the challenge. Thus, the dietary supplement shelves are filling with products meeting all sorts of needs: well-being, eye health, beauty, weight control or immunity. The supply is thus multiple and "product" claims are too numerous. Consumers are becoming lost. The stakes for industry are therefore numerous: to innovate, focus supply and communicate to consumers.

In this context, Roquette presents a global supply adapted to the dietary supplements sector: functional ingredients—proteins and fibers—along with high-quality excipients supported by pluridisciplinary teams. Mindful of meeting its customers' innovation needs, the Roquette group has taken an interest in an as yet poorly developed natural resource: microalgae and chlorella in particular.


ampoule Dietary supplement and French Nutrition-Health

puce In 2008, 9 out of 10 French were convinced that it was up to them to look after their health[1].
puce 71% of French consume dietary supplements as they wish to be actively involved in their health and well-being[2].
puce 37% of French make regular or occasional use of dietary supplements, versus 17% in 2004[2].
puce 30% of French consume dietary supplements to "compensate for imbalances in their diet"[1].


[1] Syndicat de la Diététique et des Compléments alimentaires. Press release December 2008
[2] Syndicat de la Diététique et des Compléments alimentaires. Press release March 2009




Chlorella, a balanced source of nutrients

A freshwater microalga, chlorella offers a natural cocktail of nutritional compounds such as amino acids, vitamins, minerals, fibers, carotenoids and chlorophyll.

Significant aspects of chlorella composition

puce An alternative and natural source of protein
AAS* of the 9 essential amino acids > 100

Source: FAO/WHO/UNU 2008
* Amino acid score (ratio between the amount of amino acids provided by chlorella and the reference protein)


puce An interesting lipid profile, particularly for α-linolenic acid

puce A broad palette of vitamins and minerals, including:

  • Vitamin B12 (120% of Recommended Daily Intake)
  •  Iron (33% of Recommended Daily Intake)

puce A resource well-known for its interesting pigment composition

  • A plant with one of the highest chlorophyll contents
  • Lutein (pigment involved in eye health)


 Roquette microalgae - composition of chlorella


Chlorella, historically consumed as a dietary supplement

Convinced of the nutritional virtues of chlorella, Asians have been consuming it for several decades. They include it in their diet mainly through dietary supplements. Chlorella is the most consumed dietary supplement in Japan.
Its worldwide consumption is increasing. Indeed, thanks to its balanced and unique nutritional composition, chlorella is surfing on the wave of current consumption trends: well-being, naturality and back to basics.

In order to meet their new trends and its customers' priorities, Roquette offers a range of ingredients adapted to the dietary supplements sector.


Standard Chlorella—Balanced nutrient composition for day-to-day well-being

Lutein-rich Chlorella–A naturally lutein-rich chlorella

Powder mixes—Roquette can manufacture custom chlorella-based mixes.