According to World Health Organization (WHO), Spirulina is an interesting food rich in iron and protein which can be administered to children without risk. WHO also declared it as the best food for the future.
WHAT IS SPIRULINA
It is a blue-green algae. It is a simple, one-celled form of algae that thrives in warm, alkaline freshwater bodies
The name “spirulina” is derived from the Latin word “helix” or “spiral Produced from two species of cyanobacteria Arthospira platensis & Arthospira maxima.
HISTORY OF SPIRULINA
A German Algae scientist, Dr Darwin discovered the existence of the spiral-shaped algae and named it spirulina. Dr Clement of France in 1962 found that the Ganimou/Kanembu people living around Lake Chad in Africa had stronger bodies than other civilized people at that time, despite poor living conditions and limited resources
Ganimou people eat blue-green algae found floating on the lake’s surface. This algae was spirulina.
WHY IS SPIRULINA KNOWN AS FOOD FOR THE FUTURE?
Spirulina is being developed as the “food of the future” because of its amazing ability to synthesize high–quality concentrated food more efficiently than any other algae. Spirulina contains 65 to 71 per cent complete protein, with all essential amino acids in perfect balance.
Spirulina won “the best natural food” award in west Germany’s International food expo. The United Nation has conducted a 5-year toxicology study on spirulina and found it to be completely non-toxic!
National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) scientists from USA tested and found that 1 kg of spirulina is nutritionally equal to 1,000 kg of assorted vegetables and fruits.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS OF SPIRULINA
NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF SPIRULINA
Spirulina is a highly digestible food containing 60 – 70 % of protein, without cholesterol and provides all the essential amino acids, which is a rarity among plant foods.
World’s highest beta carotene food – ten times more concentrated than carrots.
It reduces long term health risks and supports the body’s defence. Gamma linoleic acid (GLA) – essential fatty acid, important for healthy bones, normal brain function, growth and regulation of metabolism.
Rich in Vitamin B – 12 and B complex – essential for healthy nerves and tissue, especially for vegetarians
Mineral and Trace elements – Spirulina is rich in iron, magnesium and trace minerals and is easier to absorb than iron supplements
Unusual phytonutrients – for health and cleansing. Green (chlorophyll), blue (phycocyanin) and orange (carotenoids) colours collect the sun’s energy and power growth. Chlorophyll is a natural cleanser and is often referred to as nature’s green magic.