Our company, Euglena Co., Ltd., upholds the philosophy of “Sustainability First.” We are making progress with research each day in our hope to change the future, which is full of many uncertainties, into something brighter through the power of Euglena microalgae.
Euglena, which has properties of both plants and animals, actually contains 59 varieties of nutrients that include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and unsaturated fatty acids. It also contains an excellent balance of all nine types of essential amino acids for adults. We are not exaggerating when we say that Euglena contains most of the nutrients that humans need to live.
Nutrients contained in 1 billion Euglena (about 1000 mg) on Ishigaki Island
There are so many other ingredients!
Euglena, which has the characteristics of both plants and animals, boasts a high digestibility of 93.1% because it does not have a cell wall that interferes with absorption.
Image by Professor Shinichi Fukuoka of Aoyama Gakuin University
Euglena contains a large amount of paramylon, which is a special substance not found in any other living organism. This is a type of β-glucan often found in mushrooms and similar organisms.
Paramylon, which is a dietary fiber, is a noteworthy substance that is expected to have health applications and is being researched by many scientists and experts.
At Euglena Co., Ltd., we have focused on not one but a number of complex factors as the cause of health concerns in modern humans. In particular, insufficient nutrition, fatigue, and lowered immunity influence each other, and this leads to a chain-reaction in deteriorating physical health as shown in the diagram below.
Euglena grows and proliferates by photosynthesis. Performing photosynthesis means immobilizing carbon dioxide on carbohydrates to produce oxygen. Euglena is very superior in this production efficiency compared to other plants.
This high carbon dioxide fixing capacity is expected to be very promising for global warming countermeasures.
Euglena was the first in the world to succeed in edible outdoor mass culture of Euglena. Euglena and others are photosynthesizing in the Our culture pool today.
Our acquired "ASC-MSC seaweed (algae) certification" for the first time in the world.
ASC certification is an international certification system for marine products produced by responsible aquaculture methods that are environmentally and socially friendly, and MSC certification is an international certification for marine products caught in sustainable and environmentally friendly fisheries. It's a system.
Our, grown in the beautiful nature of Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, is a sustainable ingredient.
In Bangladesh, half of children under the age of 5 are anemic, and vitamins A, B12, iron, zinc, etc. tend to be deficient, and 36% of children under the age of 5 or about 5.5 million are stunted. I have fallen into. Euglena aims to solve the nutritional problems of Bangladeshi children, and delivers nutritious Euglena cookies to Bangladeshi children as part of the sales from customers.
The total number of distributions has already exceeded 10 million meals. We will continue to expand the scale of our activities with the support of many customers.
Our is also useful for regional development.
In the "Euglena Ishigaki Nuchigusui Project", we are developing menus and foods using Ishigaki Island Euglena as a special product of the island so as to contribute to the further regional development of Okinawa with Ishigaki Island as the source.
In Akita Prefecture, we are contributing to industrial promotion by using the new material "Midori Jiuqu" developed by Akita Konno Shoten and Euglena Co., Ltd. "Midori Jiuqu", which is produced by mixing steamed domestic rice with seed koji and euglena, will contribute to regional revitalization as a new raw material that leads to the charm of "Akita, the country of beauty" known for its fermentation culture. ..
Euglena grows Euglena Gracilis on Ishigaki Island. Euglena, a unicellular organism, proliferates by repeating division, that is, the number of individuals with the same cell increases steadily, so at first glance it seems that "every Euglena is the same", but in fact, each Euglena has its own individuality. It will introduce a part of.
The possibilities of Euglena are endless! It is used not only for foods, but also for fuels and feeds, as well as fertilizers and biomass plastics that use euglena residues. The future, which will be an integral part of our lives, is just around the corner.
Further Possibilities of Euglena
History of Euglena
They were one of the first lifeforms to be formed on primitive Earth after its creation.
The scientific name “Euglena” means beautiful (eu) eye (glena) in Latin.
Elucidation of the Calvin-Benson cycle, which is a carbon fixation reaction by photosynthesis (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1961)
The twofold advantages of Euglena gained much attention—they can grow in sunlight and carbon dioxide, and the carbon dioxide produced when humans breathe promotes their growth, with oxygen being produced as a result.
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History of Euglena
Euglena Co., Ltd.’s food products, cosmetics, and health check services
Supporting children, refugees and farmers in Bangladesh
Euglena Co., Ltd.’s research findings, research fields, and research laboratories