Tuesday, May 17, 2011

African Spirulina

Growing spirulina in African villages

A teaspoon full of dried African Spirulina greatly improves any meals nutritional value
Spirulina is a microscopic blue green algae which traditionally has been used for food in areas like Lake Chad. It is now produced in big commercial systems in USA , Mexico and other countries and sold as nutrition supplement in health stores. This is because it contains many vitamins, minerals and other important micronutrients in exceptionally high concentrations besides 70 % protein. A teaspoon full of the dried powder on a typical African meal highly improves the nutritious value.
Vitamin A deficiency is common in Africa. Spirulina contains very much provitamin A (betacerotene) and 1-2 grams of algae a day is sufficient.It contains very high levels of B12 vitamin (4 times more than liver) which is normally difficult to obtain on a diet with little meat. This vitamin is especially important for HIV positive, who are normally lacking B12.

The fresh product is most nutritious in vitamins but a dried product can also be produced by pressing the biomass in a piece of cloth and then drying in the sun.