Spirulina : the nutrition solution for rich and poor
Spirulina & Spirulina Fortified Foods
A fast-growing microscopic blue-green algae, spirulina produces more than 20 times more food protein than other land plants such as soy, using far less water, land and energy than conventional crops. Spirulina can be grown on infertile land and alkaline and brackish water, not competing for valuable fertile land and fresh water needed by most food crops. Beyond spirulina’s 60% digestible protein, highest beta-carotene, B-12, iron, trace minerals and GLA essential fatty acid, is a rainbow of pigments, phycocyanin, polysaccharides and phytonutrients.
Our studies have shown that an undernourished child taking 1 gram of spirulina per day for at least 3 months can often regain normal growth. We have also seen the positive effects of spirulina on HIV Aids and tuberculosis patients, as well as people suffering from anemia or Vitamin A deficiency.
The most crucial cognitive and physical development stages of a human being happen in the womb and the first 2 years of life. Antenna is committed to making spirulina affordable and accessible to marginalized communities, especially pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children to ensure every child has the best possible start in life.
The UN General Assembly encourages the production and use of spirulina for the reduction of hunger and poverty and to combat the food crises.
In India, Antenna has developed chickee bars and a hard candy with spirulina, and we are now developing a soft spirulina candy and spirulina fruit leather.
In Myanmar, one of the countries where spirulina grows naturally, June Pharmaceuticals is producing spirulina products such as jelly, pasta, cookies, soup, soy bean sauce, cordials, wine, coffee and tea.
We have also come across spirulina chocolate, fruit bars (NaturKraftWerke, VegaLife), spirulina crunchies, and spirulina superfood balls. Bolthouse Farms « Green Goodness » Juice, as well as Odwalla’s « Original Superfood » smoothie, also contain spirulina. And of course Spiralps in Switzerland produces a fresh spirulina drink.
We are always on the lookout for new products, ideas and partners. Please get in touch if you would like to share your ideas, build your own spirulina farm, or collaborate on product development. We look forward to hearing from you! Write to us here
Additional information (nutrition information, programmes and spirulina sales)
Hunger and malnutrition
Today, some 925 million people in the world suffer from hunger, the vast majority of them in developing countries (source: FAO, Department of Economic and Social Development, 2010). The right to food is recognised in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, yet no international legal framework exists to enforce the compliance of signatory States.
The real issue, though, is not of hunger, but of malnutrition. This pathological condition arises when the supply of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids) is insufficient for the body to grow properly and to maintain its vital functions.
Chronic malnutrition : an invisible killer
According to the WHO, malnutrition is a factor in around 40% of the 11 million deaths of children under five recorded every year in developing countries. But only a fraction of these children who die of hunger find themselves in a context of famine or war.
In most of these cases, children suffer from moderate, chronic malnutrition, which does not give rise to obvious medical symptoms. However, recurring nutritional deficiencies have a disastrous effect on a child’s health: a weakening of the immune system, a slowing of development and an increased risk of mortality. Thanks to the local cultivation of spirulina, it is possible to achieve sustained improvement in the nutritional status of such children.
Spirulina, a food supplement that can be made locally
Antenna is active in the local production and distribution of spirulina, a microalga of high nutritional value, of which a daily dose of just a few grams can lead to spectacular improvements in the nutritional state of malnourished children. Antenna also pursue awareness and information activities on nutrition and spirulina.