A superfood for people in need
Today Spirulina is known as a Superfood all over the world. Many scientists and doctors have praised its rare arrangement of health-optimizing proteins, vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients helping you to live a disease-free life.
We have the luxury to focus on natural and healthy eating habits, but in many regions people still struggle to fulfil their basic nutritional needs. The people of Turkana are one of those. And these are the people who truly need a Superfood for nothing but survival.
Let's take a closer look at Spirulina
Spirulina is one of the oldest organisms, which inhabits our earth. This little helix-forming (as you can see in the picture) micro-algae has been around for more than 3.6 billion years! Just like plants it uses the sun’s energy to grow and reproduce while being very undemanding – and this is the big advantage of the cultivation of micro-algae over conventional crops: “short cycle, continouns production throughout the years,…, and the possibility of growing in brackish water rather than freshwater, which is becoming a scare resource”,As the Assistant Director-General Albert Sasson from UNESCO once stated.
- Its nutritional value: 290kcal, 60g of Protein, 8g poly-unsaturated fats, which are rare in animal and plant source, the high content of vitamins and minerals
- Its overall positive effect on general health: Spirulina provides potent anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects, improves glucose and lipid metabolism, while also reducing liver fat and protecting the heart.
- It can be grown under the extreme conditions: The heat and arid climate of the Turkana region makes conventional farming impossible, the alkaline water of Lake Turkana is toxic for plants – but these conditions are perfect for Spirulina and therefore yields per hectare are 10-25 higher compared to corn or vegetables.
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