Spirulina to treat malnutrition

Institutions such as the International Foundation Against Malnutrition already produce large quantities of this algae called “the food of the millennium” in collaboration with NGOs, companies and some governments.

The hunger in the world grows again.

<< 815 million people suffer from hunger, with millions of children threatened with malnutrition >>, according to the latest UN report published on the last 15 September [1], jointly with UNICEF, FAO, IFAD and WFP.

  • In Africa, 243 million people go hungry.
  • In Asia we have the shocking figure of 520 million.
  • In Latin America and the Caribbean: 42 million

The report continues with terrifying figures: << There are 155 million children under 5 with chronic malnutrition and 52 million suffer from acute malnutrition >>.

The news points with the finger and without any delay towards conflicts and climate change.

After the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to end hunger in that year, as a high priority of international policies, raises the alarm. Hunger and all forms of malnutrition will not end for the year envisaged unless all necessary actions are taken to eliminate the factors that destroy food security and nutrition.

But in the middle of the storm you can always find calm. And the calm in this case has a name: “Spirulina maxima

The O.N.U. recommends taking it in situations of humanitarian emergency and malnutrition. It recognizes its properties and proposes its consumption as a solution to the problems of malnutrition in the world.

It was the General Assembly of the UN that approved in 2005 a resolution that highlighted the essential need to use food microalgae to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in cases of humanitarian emergency and also as sustainable development.

Reason does not lack them nor studies that corroborate a decision of that nature.

A study conducted in Africa, provided data on the use of Spirulina maxima to combat malnutrition in children in Central Africa, specifically, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In this study it was possible to verify that the administration of the polysaccharide in a dose of 10 g per day improved significantly and quickly the nutritional status of malnourished children [2].

In Senegal, a program was initiated to improve the nutritional status of schoolchildren with the consumption of Spirulina. The aim was to evaluate the effects of microalgae on children’s school performance. After two months of consumption with this food supplement, children significantly improved performance [3].

Another study was conducted with the objective of evaluating Spirulina together with Misola. It was produced at the St Camille Medical Center in Burkina Faso. 550 malnourished children under 5 years old participated.

The results indicated that taking Misola with Spirulina, in addition to the traditional foods of the area, reduces the levels of malnutrition. Being the microalga a good complement for malnourished children [4].

Scientific studies

[1] Vuelve a crecer el hambre en el mundo, impulsada por los conflictos y el cambio climático, según un nuevo informe de la ONU. 815 millones de personas padecen hambre, con millones de niños amenazados de malnutrición. 15 de septiembre de 2017, Roma. 

[2] Spirulina Supplements Improved the Nutritional Status of Undernourished Children Quickly and Significantly: Experience from Kisantu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Féfé Khuabi Matondo,1 Kikuni Takaisi,2 Adolphine Bedi Nkuadiolandu,3 Aimé Kazadi Lukusa,4 and Michel Ntetani Aloni4

1Faculty of Medicine, Kongo University, Kisantu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
2Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
3Division of Nutrition, Gastroenterology and Neurology, Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital of Kinshasa, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
4Division of Hemato-Oncology and Nephrology, Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital of Kinshasa, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

[3] Contribución de la suplementación por espirulina al rendimiento de los niños en un curso introductorio en Dakar (Senegal). Dia AT 1 , Camara MD , Ndiaye P , Faye A , Wone I , Gueye BC , Seck I , Diongue M .

1 Servicio de Médecina Preventiva y Salud Pública / Instituto de Salud y Desarrollo (ISED), Facultad de Medicina, Farmacia y Odontoestomatología, Universidad Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, BP: 16390 Dakar Fann, Senegal.

[4] rehabilitación nutricional de los niños desnutridos que utilizan Spirulina y Misola

Jacques Simpore, Fatoumata Kabore, Frederic Zongo, Deleli Dansou, Augustin bebidas, Salvatore Pignatelli, Daniela M Biondi Giuseppe Ruberto Salvatore Musumeci

Nutr J. 2006; 5: 3. Puesto en línea, 2006 Ene 23. doi: 10.1186 / 1475-2891-5-3

PMCID; PMC1386687

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