Spirulina Analysis

Typical Chemical Analysis of Spirulina

(Analysis done by TNO, a government-sponsored, UN-approved laboratory.)


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Chemical Composition
Moisture 7.0%
Ash 9.0%
Proteins71.0%
Crude fiber 0.9%
Xanthophylls1.80 g/kg of product
Carotene1.90 g/kg of product
Chlorophyll a7.60 g/kg of product

Total Organic Nitrogen13.35%  
Nitrogen from Proteins11.36%  
Crude Protein (%N x 6.25)71.00%  

Essential Amino Acids
Histidine1.08%
Isoleucine4.13%
Leucine5.80%
Lysine4.00%
Methionine2.17%
Phenylalanine3.95%
Threonine4.17%
Tryptophan1.13%
Valine6.00%

Non-Essential Amino Acids
Alanine5.82%
Arginine5.98%
Aspartic Acid6.43%
Cystine0.67%
Glutamic Acid8.94%
Glycine3.46%
Proline2.97%
Serine4.00%
Tyrosine4.60%

Vitamins
Biotin (H)average0.40 mg/kg
Cyanocobalamin (B-12)average2.00 mg/kg
d-Ca-Pantothenateaverage11.00 mg/kg
Folic Acidaverage0.50 mg/kg
Inositolaverage350.00 mg/kg
Nicotinic Acid (PP)average118.00 mg/kg
Pyridoxine (B-6)average3.00 mg/kg
Riboflavine (B-2)average40.00 mg/kg
Thiamine (B-1)average55.00 mg/kg
Tocopherol (E)average190.00 mg/kg

Moisture7.0%


Ash9.0%


Minerals
Calcium (Ca)1,315 mg/kg  
Phosphorus (P)8,942 mg/kg  
Iron (Fe)580 mg/kg  
Sodium (Na)412 mg/kg  
Chloride (Cl)4,400 mg/kg  
Magnesium (Mg)1,915 mg/kg  
Manganese (Mn)25 mg/kg  
Zinc (Zn)39 mg/kg  
Potassium (K)15,400 mg/kg  
Others57,000 mg/kg  


Nutritional Value
Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER) of 2.2-2.6
(74-87% that of casein)
Net Protein Utilization (NPU) of 53-61%
(85-92% that of casein)
Digestibility of 83-84%
Available Lysine – average – 85%


Nitrogen from Nucleic Acids1.99%
Ribonucleic Acid (RNA)
RNA = N x 2.18
3.50%
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
DNA = N x 2.63
1.00%


Total Carbohydrates16.5%
Rhamnoseaverage9.0%
Glucaneaverage1.5%
Phosphoryled cyclitolsaverage2.5%
Glucosamine & Muramic acidaverage2.0%
Glycogenaverage0.5%
Sialic acid & othersaverage0.5%

Sterols325 mg/kg
Cholesterol 196 mg/kg
Sitosterol  97 mg/kg
Dihidro 7 Cholesterol32 mg/kg
Sodium (Na) 
Chloride (Cl) 
Magnesium (Mg) 


Carotenoids4,000 mg/kg
α Caroteneaveragetraces
ß Caroteneaverage1,700 mg/kg
Xanthophylisaverage1,000 mg/kg
Cryptoxanthinaverage556 mg/kg
Echinenoneaverage439 mg/kg
Zeaxanthinaverage316 mg/kg
Lutein & Euglenanoneaverage289 mg/kg


Total Lipids7.0%
Fatty Acids5.7%
  Lauric (C-12)229 mg/kg
  Myristic (C-14)644 mg/kg
  Palmitic (C-16)21,141 mg/kg
  Palmitoleic (C-16)2,035 mg/kg
  Palmitolinoleic (C-16)2,565 mg/kg
  Heptadecanoic (C-17)142 mg/kg
  Stearic (C-18)353 mg/kg
  Oleic (C-18)3,009 mg/kg
  δ Linoleic (C-18)13,784 mg/kg
  α Linolenic (C-18)11,970 mg/kg
  Linolenic (C-18)427 mg/kg
  Others699 mg/kg
Insaponifiable1.3%
  Sterols325 mg/kg
  Titerpen alcohols800 mg/kg
  Carotenoids4,000 mg/kg
  Chlorophyll a7,600 mg/kg
  Others150 mg/kg

 

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