A research team from Japan has developed a new method that could revolutionize the world of nutritional supplements. The amazingly simple but effective process involves cultivating the nutrient-rich microalgae Euglena gracilis in tomato juice. In this way, the valuable algae can be produced six times cheaper.
Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science present a new method in the journal “Sustainable Food Technology” with which the microalgae Euglena gracilis can be cultivated in tomato juice. The discovery could have far-reaching changes on the supplement market and overall nutrition.
Euglena gracilis – a nutrient-rich powerhouse
The tiny algae Euglena gracilis is known for its richness in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids. The microalgae are considered true powerhouses in nutrition and are already used in dietary supplements, cosmetics, vitamin preparations or as therapeutic immune stimulants.
Due to its diverse uses and healthy ingredients, the algae is also seen as a potential new food source for the future. The problem, however, is that current cultivation methods are complex and expensive processes.
Euglena gracilis grows well in tomato juice
The Japanese working group at the Tokyo University of Science has now found an astonishingly simple way to cultivate the algae. Euglena gracilis grows surprisingly well in tomato juice that is enriched with vitamins B1 and B12. In this way, the algae can be produced six times cheaper than with conventional methods.
Euglena as a food source of the future?
According to the researchers, the algae could play a key role in future nutrition – especially in relation to climate change, population explosion and sustainability.
Because the algae opens up a new possibility for a sustainable, protein-rich and nutrient-rich food source. In addition, the algae could also be used in space food technology.
Game changer in food production
According to the research team, the cultivation of Euglena in tomato juice is not a scientific curiosity, but a potential game-changer in the world of food production. The algae could – at least in theory – fundamentally change the way we produce food. (vb)