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  • Ron Brown
    Hello All,        And the adventure continues...   The next development was inevitable.  Nannochloropsis gaditana has been made available in capsules
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 17, 2013
    Hello All,
     
         And the adventure continues...   The next development was inevitable.  Nannochloropsis gaditana has been made available in capsules by greenharmonyliving.com.  The attached 'nanno_caps.png' shows their advertisement. 
    At a price of $49.95, they are charging $1.67 per gram.  It is customary for food supplements to be put up in capsules.  It won't be long before somebody gets a tabletting machine for this.
     
         The significance of Natural Zing, Oceans Alive, Green Harmony Living, and the restaurant in Cadiz that puts it in their soup selling Nannochloropsis gaditana is in setting the precedent for its use in human nutrition. These guys are the pioneers. If there are problems, they will take the heat. This precedent does not extend to other strains of Nannochloropsis, so the strain offered will have to be gaditana.
     
     
         I ran into a problem locating a source for Nannochloropsis gaditana.  CCMP has it, but there are contractual restrictions on how their materials are used:  They can't be transferred to another person, and they can't be used for internal consumption for humans or animals.  These guys are no fun at all!  So, I bought 16 ounces of Nannochloropsis (probably oculata) from eBay for $3.00 ($6.00 shipping).  Its intended purpose seems to be as feed for copepods, so it may not be suitable for human consumption, but the price is certainly right!  I felt the need to get started in familiarizing myself with Nannochloropsis, so this is what I will start with.
     
         In spite of an earlier post suggesting that the regulatory burden is no more than that involved in running a restaurant, there is more.  There now exists something called SQF certification, which is part of an international food safety program.  The FDA will be requiring a food safety plan within three years, and their experience with HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) will stand them in good stead.  Getting SQF certification should satisfy the FDA's requirements.  Essentially, what this means is that every time a food supplier does anything, it will have to be documented.
     
     
    ---rsb
    Ron Brown
    17JAN2013
  • Ron Brown
    Hello All, Here is an interesting quote, talking about Spirulina: This cyanobacteria is considered a ‘super food’ by many scientists. According to a
    Message 2 of 2 , Aug 15, 2013
      Hello All,

      Here is an interesting quote, talking about Spirulina:

      "This cyanobacteria is considered a ‘super
      food’ by many scientists. According to a
      literature review researched by Cyanotech
      Corporation, Spirulina has “180% more
      calcium than whole milk, 670% more protein
      than tofu, 3100% more beta carotene than
      carrots, 5100% more iron than spinach, and more
      antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity
      in 3 g of Spirulina than in five servings of
      fruits and vegetables(1)."


      1. Capelli B, Cysewski GR. “Potential Health Benefits of Spirulina microalgae: A review of the existing literature”. Cyanotech Corporation. 9.2 (2010).

      FROM:

      http://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Arthrospira_platensis


      ---rsb
      Ron Brown
      15AUG2013
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