Nutritional Profile of Spirulina

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Composition of Spirulina 

Protein about 60% ( 51 to 71 )
Carbohydrate about 14%
Lipids about 6%
Amino Acids
(essentials)
Spirulina
grams
Egg Protein
per 100 grams of
FAO Standard proteins
Isoleucine
Leucine
Lysine
Methionine
Phenylalanine
Threonine
Tryptophane
Valine
6.4
10.4 
4.5 
2.2 
5.4 
5.4 
1.5 
7.5
5.8
9.0 < 
6.7 
3.0 
5.3 
5.3 
1.8 
7.2
4.0
7.0 
5.5 
5.5* 
6.0 
4.0 
1.0 
5.0

* includes cystine 
Table from Busson, F., Spirulina Platensis (Gom) Geitler et. Spirulina geitleri, J.Dr Toni, Cynophycées Alimentaires, Armée Française, Service de Santé, Parc de Pharo, Marseill,1971.


CarbohydratesPer 100 grams
Ramnose 9.0
Glucane 1.5
Phosphorolated Cyclitols 2.5
Glucosamine Muramic acid 2.0
Glycogen 0.5
Scialic acid and others 0.5
Lipids (Principal Ones)mg/Kg
Palmitic acid (saturated fatty acid) 16-,500 to 21,141
Linoleic acid (unsaturated FA) 10,920 to 13,784
Gamma linoleic acid (omega 6) 8,750 to 11,970
Alpha linolenic acid (omega 3) 699 to 7,000
Chlorophyll-a 6,100 to 7,600
Beta sitosterol 30 to 97
Beta carotene average 1,700
Vitaminsmg/Kg
Biotin 0.4
Cyanocobalmin ( B12 ) 0.45 ( analogs not included )
Delta-calcium Panthothenate 11.0
Folic acid 0.5
Inositol 350
Nicotinic acid ( PP ) 118<
Pyridoxine ( B6 ) 3
Riboflavine ( B2 ) 40
Thiamin ( B1 ) 55
Tocopherol ( E ) 190
Ascorbic acid ( C ) 90

Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Vitamins; Source- SOSA TEXCOCO, Mexico