Blue-Green Algae (Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae)
| The Benefits of Blue Green Algae|
Blue green algae is the single most nutrient dense food on the planet. You may have heard of algae such as blue green or Spirulina being touted as the world's best "super foods" due to their incredibly high concentration of proteins, vitamins and nutrients.
Bue-green algae contains an incredibly high concentration of nutrients. It holds 64 vitamins, minerals and enzymes (all of which are easily absorbed by the human body), and more biologically active chlorophyll than any other known source of food.
Two varieties — Spirulina and Aphanizomenon flos-aquae — are the most commonly-consumed forms of the microscopic plant. Not only does this algae super food increase endurance and stamina, but it also can be used to achieve deeper levels of mental balance and mood stability, as well as reduce overall levels of stress.¹
The History of Blue Green Algae
Blue-green algae may be as old as the sea itself. Archaeologists have found fossilized oxygen-producing blue-green algae dating back 2.8 billion years ago! Also known as Cyanobacteria, blue-green bacteria, or Cyanophyta, it is actually a type of dynamically photosynthesis-infused microscopic plant. The word "cyano" comes from the root word kyanós, meaning blue in Greek, and refers to the brilliant color of the bacteria.
Often found in the oceans of the world, blue-green algae are an incredibly important part of millions of aquatic life-cycles. It's responsible for much of the ocean's marine nitrogen cycle, and they perform the important duty of converting the atmosphere of our planet into an oxygenic one. This means, Cyanobacteria are largely responsible for Earth's breathable atmosphere. Thanks to this bacteria, prehistoric Earth experienced a veritable explosion of biodiversity, assisting the proliferation of oxygen-breathing organisms. And while they are mainly found in the oceans, certain algae can also be found in hyper-saline inland lakes, as well as fresh bodies of water like ponds.
The Health Benefits of Organic Blue Green Algae
The known benefits of organic blue-green algae are extensive. If these small bacteria are responsible for all oxygen-breathing life as we know it, imagine the powerful effects it can offer to the human body! It's been said that the nutrients in just one daily tablespoon of the algae have been known to reduce eye problems associated with Vitamin A deficiency. The same amounts have also been shown to add to levels of the essential fatty acid GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid), and eradicate iron and protein deficiencies in infants.²
Currently, there are many well-known, well-documented benefits of organic blue-green algae, including:
Powerful energy booster due to its incredibly high nutrient concentration.
Anti-aging effects on skin, hair and organs
High concentration of anti-oxidants, allowing the body to rid itself of toxins and free-radicals more easily.
Immune system strengthener. Clinical studies show that Blue-green Algae sends the Natural Killer (NK) cells into the blood stream. From there, these NK cells can find damaged tissues and begin to fight free-radicals.
Stimulates stem cell release and movement, helping to regenerate damaged body tissue.
Very absorbable to the body. Around 97% of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes found in blue-green algae are easily absorbed into the system. Most vitamin supplements are only 5-25% absorbable.
Reduction in headaches and pain.
General Rejuvenating qualities.
Improves digestion. Blue-green algae creates a coating effect on the stomach.
Powerful detox effects allow us to rest easier, as they body does not have to work so hard to cleanse while we sleep.
Weight reduction. Helps to balance food cravings.
Improves mental focus, increases concentration.³
High protein content strengthens the hair, nails and skin.
Beneficial effect on brain development, reducing in depression and anxiety.
Helps us to cope with stressful situations more easily.
Regular consumption has been linked to improved memory recall.4
Powerful field of action over the immune system, as well as gastrointestinal functioning, endocrine system, nervous system, and cardio-vascular actions.
Natural Compounds in Organic Blue-Green Algae
Blue Green Algae: Magnified View - sourceBlue-green algae contains an incredibly high concentration of nutrients. It holds 64 vitamins, minerals and enzymes (all of which are easily absorbed by the human body), and more biologically active chlorophyll than any other known source of food.
Active constituents in blue-green algae also include higher levels of beta-carotene than broccoli, and it is composed of approximately 70% vegetable protein. It's rich in calcium, iron, vitamins B12, B1, B6, C, and E, as well as the entire spectrum of eight essential amino acids and ten nonessential amino acids. Blue-green algae also contains the important minerals selenium, zinc, manganese, and copper.5 6
The Cultivation of Blue Green Algae
Blue-green algae is harvested from oceans or lakes, during peak times of optimal growth. This is normally during the summertime, from June to November. After harvesting, the algae is then put through a filtration process to leave only the most vibrant blooms. From there, it is purified through centrifugation and either chilled and sold frozen, or more commonly, low temperature dried and sold as a powder.
Blue Green Algae: Possible Side Effects or Contraindications
There are many types of blue-green algae that are inedible. Humans should only consume Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) or Spirulina. Some types of blue-green algae even produce neurotoxins, as well as other toxic substances which are dangerous to humans and animals.7 Occasionally, even the safe forms of the algae can cause mild over-stimulation or gastric upset due to the detoxification effects of the superfood.8 Consult your health care provider if you are pregnant or nursing.
Disclaimer: The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.