Spirulina: Food of the future

Jan 1, 2024

In a culinary landscape dominated by sausages and meat, the lingering belief that an animal protein-free diet is insufficient persists. For those skeptical of the protein content in legumes, seeds, nuts, and weeds, the superalga called Spirulina has your back. It stands as the planet's premier protein source and ages back more than 3 billion years. How is it that in these challenging times, we are just starting to get familiar with this type of alga?

Around 3.6 billion years ago, Spirulina's precursors started making earth more suitable for life by using photosynthesis. Blue-green algae are the ancient building blocks of plants and animals. Spirulina, descended from the oldest food on earth, encapsulates all essential nutrients. The Maya and Aztecs in Central America recognized its strengthening and regenerating effects, incorporating it into their daily diet. In 1521, when Spanish conquistadors invaded the Aztec empire, they observed natives subsisting on the green substance. Ascribed with mysterious, healing, and strengthening effects, it wasn't until the 20th century that Europe delved deeper into the research of this remarkable alga. In 1967, Japanese visionary Hiroshi Nakamura took notice of European Spirulina projects, propelling Japan to become global leaders in consuming this green gold. Notably, Japanese longevity surpasses that of residents in other industrialized nations.

Despite the allure of cooking shows, the temptations of the countless convenience foods are ample. Spirulina offers a solution to bridge the gap between our fast-paced lives and the body's need for essential nutrients. Declared the world's first superfood, Spirulina boasts a complete nutritional profile, earning the title of the "food of the future" for its eco-sustainability. Beyond culinary applications, Spirulina finds favor with space agencies like NASA, endorsed as a food and supplement for astronauts during space missions. Its extensive health benefits extend beyond dietary supplements, demonstrating potential in medical applications such as fighting breast cancer and reducing cancer cell viability and proliferation. Additionally, Spirulina can help enhance muscle strength, endurance and performance.

So what is it that makes our spirulina even more unique? Well, we try to combine the health benefits with making a positive impact in Ghana, leading to our payoff being ‘generously healthy’. To accomplish this, we aim on two key focuses: creating local employment and fighting malnutrition. The production technique is relatively cheap and simple, easy to install and does not harm the soil. Therefore, it is a perfect way to turn unused pieces of land into an extra income stream and create local employment. The reason for choosing éxtra pieces of land is that we don’t want to replace current income streams and create dependency. So what about the second focus? As we described, Spirulina is one of the most nutrient-dense organisms on earth and perfect to fight malnutrition. Therefore, for every kilogram sold, we donate 250 grams of Spirulina to schools in the communities where we produce. In these ways, we directly connect our production volumes to the positive impact made.

Join us on this journey where Spirulina isn't just a health powerhouse but a force for positive change, connecting communities and making a lasting impact. Stay tuned for updates on our mission to promote health and wellness while making a difference in Ghana.