The exceptional nutritional balance of Spirulina

Spirulina is an ideal food that comes more than 50 kinds of health and nutrition ingredients!

Amino Acid

Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Cystine, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine, Histidine, Arginine, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Proline and Serine.

Vitamins

β-carotene (Provitamin A), Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, Folic Acid

Carbohydrate

Carbohydrate, Dietary Fiber

Minerals

Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Phosphorus, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, Cobalt, Sulfur and Chromium.

Lipid

Linoleic Acid, γ- linoleic Acid

Other Health Ingredients

Inositol, Phycocyanin, Zeaxanthin, Chlorophyll a, Nucleic Acid and SOD, etc.

Is Spirulina the “King of Superfoods”?
Superfoods – the Californian secret to beauty and health

Superfoods are already a familiar friend to celebrities outside Japan.
Definition of superfood
・The food must have a good nutritional balance and a higher nutritional value than general foods. Alternatively, the food must contain a certain amount of nutritional and health ingredients.
・It is an intermediate product between general foods and supplements, and has both uses as cooking ingredients and health foods.

Spirulina has been selected as one of the 10 Primary Superfoods, showing that it is a leader amongst superfoods.

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10 Primary Superfoods

From Japan Super Food Association

  • Spirulina
  • Goji Berry
  • Acai
  • Broccoli
    Super Sprouts
  • Cacao
  • Maca
  • CamuCamu
  • Chia seed
  • Coconut
  • Hemp seed
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Spirulina's characteristics

Characteristics1:Rich in proteins, with an excellent amino-acid balance.

Protein content: over 55% (Reference: 5% protein in Tofu, 3% in milk, 23% in processed cheese,18% in ground beef)

Characteristics 2: Approximately 8% is dietary fiber.

Dietary fiber is a generic name used to refer to the group ofpolysaccharides which cannot be digested by the enzymes of thehuman digestive tract.
Spirulina contains 4-8% dietary fiber, of which more than 40%consists of hard-to-digest, water-soluble polysaccharides.

Characteristics 3: Contains three kinds of phyto-pigments.

Green pigment = Chlorophyll a
Orange-yellow pigments = Carotenoid-based pigments
Blue pigment = Phycocyanin

Characteristics 4: Rich in β-carotene, and useful for supplementing vitamin-Bcomplex.

Contains 50 times the amount of β-carotene found in spinach. Contains vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12.

Characteristics 5: Suited for supplementing iron, calcium and other minerals.

Rich in minerals, which many people are apt to be in lack in termsof quantities. No iodine: people who must restrict iodine intake can take spirulinawithout any concerns.

Characteristics 6: Contains a polyunsaturated fatty acid called “gamma-linolenicacid” (GLA).

In addition to linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, another essentialfatty acid, called “gamma-linolenic acid,” is contained a lot (as much as 1.3%), more than in other algal sources.

Characteristics 7: High digestive absorption rate, enabling nutritional contents to be effectively utilized.

Nutritional components taken into the body can demonstrate theirvalue only when they have been properly digested and absorbed.
Since the cellular walls of spirulina are thin and easily broken,spirulina has a digestive absorption rate at 95% according to theresults of animal tests, even without any wall-fracturing processing.

Sample composition analysis of Spirulina powder (per 100g of  sample)

General component

Calories 378kcal
Protein 67.5g
Lipid 6.9g
Carbohydrate 8.4g
Dietary Fiber 6.1g

Fatty acid

γ-Linolenic acid 1.42g
Linoleic Acid 1.20g

Other

Chlorophyll a 1,160mg
Phycocyanin 8,200mg
Zeaxanthin 122mg
Inositol 76mg

Vitamins

Vitamin A(Retinol equivalent) 21,100μg
B1 3.39mg
B2 3.82mg
B6 0.99mg
Niacin equivalent 33.0mg
Folic Acid 0.11mg
Pantothenic Acid 1.58mg
Biotin 23.6μg
E 12.3mg
K1 1.200μg
K2 50μg

Minerals

Calcium 194mg
Phosphorus 963mg
Iron 49.4mg
Sodium 670mg
Potassium 1.74g
Magnesium 292mg
Zinc 1.83mg