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The Algae Blog
Spirulina - Nature’s Best Source of Complete and Balanced Nutrition
Dec 16 2009 1:21AM

Spirulina is one of the most concentrated natural sources of nutrition known for both terrestrial and aquatic animals. It is a blue green, spiral shaped micro-algae that can grow to great length and are easy to harvest and has been consumed by humans since pre historic times.

Spirulina fits into practically any dietary plan because it is an extremely digestible, high-energy, gluten free, low-calorie, low-fat natural food containing an incredibly wide range of important nutrients. Spirulina is 60-70% protein by weight and is the richest source of vitamins (Vitamin B-12), minerals, and carotenoids. It contains almost every natural known antioxidant including zinc, manganese, selenium & copper, vitamin E, B complex vitamins, ß-carotene (Vitamin A source), bio-chelated iron and ?-linolenic acid.

 

Potential and Prospects 

 Spirulina has commercial importance because of its tremendous nutritional values, therapeutic qualities, high protein content, low fat, high vitamin B-12 as well as essential amino acids like gamma linolenic acids. The pigment of Spirulina also makes this alga useful in aquaculture particularly as feed for tropical fish. Spirulina are extracted for the production of Phycocyanin known commercially as “lime-blue” used as a blue colorant for food and feed. It has immense number of application in various industries but one of the potential application that has gained increasing importance during recent years is its utilization in pharmaceuticals.

 

Total Health food 

 The growing demand of food material for ever increasing population has forced the scientist to search for some alternative non-conventional resources of food. Till now man has been exploring only plant resources of terrestrial ecosystem for their food requirements. Recently fresh water and marine plant resources have been explore to fulfill our daily dietary requirements. In this connection Spirulina is proved to be a very promising microorganism as it contains each and every nutrient which is required by the body to live healthy. It help in cholesterol reduction hypertension reduction, anti aging anti diabetes, anti cancer, immune system enhancer.

 

The United Nations World Food Conference in 1974 declared that Spirulina is “The best food for tomorrow”. Today it is a part of diet for space travelers and US Olympic team. Germans used it for treating obesity and is given to nursing mothers in many countries.

 

Therapeutics of Spirulina

 Soil fungi and bacteria have been the source for majority of antibiotics and therapeutics compounds. In addition researchers are searching for some antibiotics/therapeutics compounds from micro algae and have identified cyanobacteria as one of the most promising group of microorganism for synthesizing potentially new therapeutics compounds.

 

In India, the major nutritional deficiency diseases identified have been the protein deficiency, malnutrition, iron deficiency, anemia and endemic goiter. This micro alga has the longest history as food supplement since its nutritional properties have been proved to be equal to other conventional plant proteins. This nutritionally rich, non-toxic alga holds great promise for its therapeutic utilization. Spirulina enhances the immune response particularly the primary response by stimulating macrophage functions, phagocytosis and IL-1 production. Phycocyanin of Spirulina plays major role in diagnostic industry and acts as a good antioxidant. Research studies indicate that micro algae Spirulina can inhibit HIV-1 replicate in human derived T- cells and in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells.

 

Recognition 

IIMSAM (Permanent Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council) recognizes the relevance of Spirulina to eradicate malnutrition and hunger. Hash Biotech labs spirulina has been specifically chosen by IIMSAM to eradicate malnutrition & to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

 

Moreover Hash Biotech Labs’ Organic Spirulina is an ISO & Halal certified product which ensures that Organic Spirulina have consistent quality in every batch, purity & quality and is manufactured in accordance with accepted norms and limits of contamination.


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Adrin
Posted on :Dec 18 2009 6:45AM
hey hi... i am adrin this side ... i am a health club owner, i have read your blog its very impressive but i just want to know that can i recommend it to my club members to have good body and health? if yes then what must be the dosage?
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Posted on : Jan 14 2010 2:03AM
Hi Adrin, Thank you for your interest. The desirable dosage of Spirulina is about 1-2 grams a day.
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Harold
Posted on :Dec 17 2009 12:38AM
Hi, I am a regular user of Spirulina and i found it very effective.. i have tried some other synthetically made supplement but they were worst and they had some side effects also....but Spirulina is a natural and best nutritious food supplement without any side effects. I think people should use it...
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