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Prolgae Spirulina: A cure-all remedy addressing the mounting concern of human health
Is there any herb or medicine in the world which can be termed panacea? Yes there is. Spirulina is a god-gifted medicine bestowed to humans which can be used to cure assorted diseases such as Anemia, Allergies, LDL Cholesterol & Triglyceride, Blood pressure, Blood sugar, Cancer, Inflammation, Alzheimer & Parkinson’s disease just to name a few. It also helps in the detoxification, oxygenation of blood and cleansing of impurities that may be causing illnesses or other health complications. Moreover, it is a natural appetite suppressant which helps to improve the digestive system. It has very powerful antioxidant properties and it helps to balance the body’s pH, thereby reducing inflammation throughout the body in a safe and chemical-free way. Apart from this, it is a rich source of Energy, Protein, Fat, Carbohydrates, Vitamins (A, B1, B2, B12, D and E), Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc, Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) and all essential amino acids.
Owing to its colossal benefits, it is quite natural to assume that it would be quite pricey. It actually used to be high-priced but the establishment of Prolgae Spirulina, a company working with an aim to provide affordable nutrients & medicines to developing countries, has opened many gates to cheap priced supplements and medicaments. The company is a Nordic-India joint venture which was founded on Jan 2017 by a young and dynamic entrepreneur Mr. Aakas Sadasivam and a visionary person Mr. Mika Rautio. Its top-modern farm is located in a rural cozy village in Karur district, Tamil Nadu. This area is quite famous for flourishing agriculture within ultra pure nature and climate. The company is an epitome of Nordic quality disciplines combined with superb farming possessions of India. The company is focused to work on the most ecological high quality processes and production methods to meet the growing demand of products. Moreover, the company provides the best possible surroundings to improve the wellbeing of its employees.
The company provides various kinds of products which include flakes, nibs and powder. The Spirulina Nibs provided by the company has unique feature among full-scale cultivated algaes -it uses Sun-Drying only. Its spirulina has all the vitamins, minerals, fibers and amino acids added with culinary sundried taste and extra amount of Vitamin D. Nibs are easily eaten by hand, sprinkled on salads and soups, infused into raw chocolates, tossed into favorite recipes or stirred into green juices. And all those taste just delicious. Human evidence suggests that spirulina can improve lipid and glucose metabolism while also reducing liver fat and protecting the heart. Animal studies are very promising as well, as spirulina has been shown to be of similarpotency as commonly used reference drugs, when it comes to neurological disorders. These effects also extend to arthritis and immunology. Moreover, the company is here to support people’s standard of living in the southern India by giving them proper jobs.
Gentle cause of fighting malnutrition became inspiration
This company was started by means of a noble cause of fighting malnutrition in India and Africa. Mr. Aakas, CEO of the company, saw many kids dying and suffering from malnutrition. This made him plan something which could prove fruitful for them. He started a pilot pond and worked rigorously on it for one year. His destiny wanted him to make it large. So, in that order, he met his finnish partner and investor Mr. Mika. This is how the foundation stone of Prolgae Spirulina was laid. The name of the company is self-defining where Pro has been used for Protein-rich and remaining letters stand for the usage of algae. Spirulina has already become a major source of high consumption nutrients in the markets of Europe and USA. In India, it is still in its growing phase. This provides a fertile ground for the company to provide affordable products to a large and untapped market.
The company is determined to solve the problem of malnutrition which is its major concern. Unlike its peers, it is not merely focused on making huge profits. Its prime objective is to provide affordable spirulina products and healthy food to future generations. Moreover, it provides Sun-dried spirulina products which contain more Protein in comparison to Spray-dried version which loses part of its nutritional value, digestibility and natural mild taste.
The company is looking to cater its products to all age groups. The company recognizes spirulina as a super food which has a sea of protein and a plethora of other nutrients imbued into it. Due to the presence of GLA, it is equivalent to mother’s milk. Apart from this, it is having 180% more calcium than milk, 5500% more iron than spinach, 670% more protein than tofu, 280% more antioxidants than blueberries and 3100% more B-carotene than carrots.
In next three years, it is planning to increase its production to 6 times of its current production of 3 tons. Moreover, it wants to introduce many new products in market. It is also working to extract phycocyanin from spirulina which is a blue pigment having more antioxidants. It looks for more investors to increase production and to produce other algae like astaxanthin. It eyes to tap the future of algae based foods. Compared to normal biscuits, spirulina added biscuits will yield more protein, calcium and vitamin. It has already started Research & Development on Algae based foods. Once it gets investors and good team then it will launch its products in market of Europe and USA. The goal of the company is to produce some 5000-6000 kg of spirulina per month by 2020 end.
On being asked about Investment prospect, the Head of Sales & Marketing, Ms. Prerna says, “We are looking for investors to start this amazing food industry project. Healthy food for future generation. Once we found Investors we will start production by mid 2019 of this algae based foods. Our Products are going to be organic, vegan, gluten free, non GMO”.
Introduction to the CEO
Mr. Aakas Sadasivam is the founder and CEO of the company, 25 years old young entrepreneur. Prior to his dive in this entrepreneurial venture, he was an aeronautical engineer. His corporate office is based out of Finland apart from its base in Tamil Nadu.
Words of Wisdom
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is researching Spirulina as a food substitute for astronauts. This research began as soon as they found that 1 kg of spirulina had the same nutrients found in a 1000 kg of assorted vegetables. NASA was awestruck to know that it can even survive in a dormant state when the water evaporates. These traits make it truly a food for the future.
Mr. Sadasivam owes his success to his parents and team members and iterated, “I would like to thank them for their support and encouragement. Moreover, they worked in my farm for 2 years. I am indebted to Mr. Mika Rautio (Partner, Investor), Ms. Prerna Ajmani (Head of sales and marketing, Director), Mr. Cibiraaj. B (Operating officer), Bala, Veera, Harish, Jana (Supporters),Mr.Shankarvanavarayar (Mentor & Guru ) Mrs. Mrinalini ( Lawyer), Mrs. Deepa. M (R&D head), Dr. Shiva ( Consultant)”.