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Old 09-23-2012, 11:46 AM
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I already make spirulina (one celled organism used as a supplement) shakes at home and boy does it make a big improvement in health. What I never heard of was chlorella. I was watching the science channel (ancient aliens) and they were talking about how NASA was studying on chlorella as a food source in space. They said that was almost the only thing they needed to survive off of. The Aztecs also used Spirulina as a food source. I also read that these super foods were pretty easy to grow. As easy as throwing some culture in water and maintaining it. I currently buy my processed spirulina online but Im wondering if anyone knows where to get a hold of these cultures so I can start a colony here at home. I don't plan on living on nothing but algae but I think it could probably save your life one day.
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I'm all ears! I'd like to get into something like this soon.
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I find this very interesting, this is the first time i have heard of this. Any more info would be much appreciated.
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http://www.algaelab.org/products-page/

http://www.antenna.ch/en/documents/Jourdan_UK.pdf

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here's a good tutorial growing-spirulina-at-home
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I puked my guts out when I tried to make a meal out of spiralina. I simply tried to put two big scoops in a shake and drink it like I would use protein powder.

Is this normal or did I just get crappy spiralina?
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1 table spoon of algae a day consisting of 65% protein from a 10 gallon tank? That is a small tank. Half that output is enough to make me strongly consider this food source.

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I already make spirulina (one celled organism used as a supplement) shakes at home and boy does it make a big improvement in health.
How has it improved your health? have you been using it alone or in combination with other things like diet, exercise, supplements, meditation etc?
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I puked my guts out when I tried to make a meal out of spiralina. I simply tried to put two big scoops in a shake and drink it like I would use protein powder.

Is this normal or did I just get crappy spiralina?
lol this is normal. yes it has a fishy smell to it. ive found the best thing to mix it with is orange juice with ice in the blender. try it and let me know.
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How has it improved your health? have you been using it alone or in combination with other things like diet, exercise, supplements, meditation etc?
not sure if its changed my life, but just drinking spirulina alone will give you energy. you actually feel more energetic in less than an hour. stuff is amazing. and yes along side with exercise helps dramatically. i havent had a chance to try chlorella. apparently, its great for survival, the skin and gives you a great glow.
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i had given some thought to eventually raising tilapia and spirulina together, using the spirulina both for personal use and as a feed source for the tilapia and perhaps other livestock; chickens/rabbits etc. I haven't heard about chlorella before but there is a fair amount of data about duckweed as a feedstock for livestock anyone have any experience with this? Thanks in advance!
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Not to hijack this thread, fishfarming.com/duckweed
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Bee pollen is another super food. You can survive on 1 gram of bee pollen a day, along with water and some greens for the roughage your digestive system needs.

I love the stuff. But you need to make sure that you're getting it straight from the apiary and not some commercial source, because you want it as fresh as you can get it. And the commercial suppliers dehydrate it for longer shelf life. You can end up with stuff that's months old, as well as dried out.

You can store it in the freezer or refrigerator for a very long time. I buy a couple of pounds at a time and use a teaspoon a day - 5 grams - as a dietary supplement. It gives you loads of energy and ensures that you have all of the vitamins, minerals, protein compounds that your body needs.

Check it out, too, for use as a survival tool.

The link is to a site that provides information on the nutrients in bee pollen. Scroll to the bottom of the page. I'm not affiliated with them, except as a customer. I also buy from a local apiary when they have a supply on hand.

http://www.durhamsbeefarm.com/bee-pr...llen.html?left

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thanks didnt know about bee pollen
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Just to clarify, spirulina is a multi-cell organism. Chlorella is single-cell.

Both algae lab and the Jourdan link are good sources to start.

Just as a brief overview, spirulina, like bee pollen or hempseed powder are excellent sources as complete protein (containing all essential amino acids). Chlorella contains more chlorophyll than spirulina, but there are several factors about growing chlorella that don't make it very 'DYI-friendly' to grow. It's far more difficult to filter (harvest) than spirulina and grows at a lower pH where pathogenic algae, bacteria, fungi, and other pathogens can grow. Spirulina is an extremophile, which means it can grow at an extremely high pH (between 10-11 is ideal for harvest), which helps ensure its sterility.

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do you think you could buy one of these "kits" and store if for after SHTF or would the spirulina die?
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I puked my guts out when I tried to make a meal out of spiralina. I simply tried to put two big scoops in a shake and drink it like I would use protein powder.

Is this normal or did I just get crappy spiralina?
i feel your pain , i tried two table spoons in water ....... yuck is all i could say , it was like licking and old pond dock lol
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do you think you could buy one of these "kits" and store if for after SHTF or would the spirulina die?
I nkow with yogurt and kefir, cultures will eventually die if not 'fed'. This is a living organism, do I'd assume the same logic applies. Might be btest to get a kit and start producing it. Then you have a great supplement to add to shakes, and have the live cultures and know-how for later on.
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Screw this. I am eating bacon. And steak.
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