Introduction to Blue-Green Microalgae

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BLUE GREEN ALGAE

ALGAE—FROM THE SMALLEST SINGLE-CELLED MICROALGAE TO THE LARGEST SEAWEEDS—HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED AS THE BASIS OF THE ENTIRE FOOD CHAIN, THE FOUNDATIONAL NUTRIENT SOURCE FOR CREATING AND RENEWING ALL LIFE ON OUR PLANET.

Blue Green Algae

THE ECOSYSTEM

NESTLED IN THE SNOW-CAPPED CASCADE MOUNTAINS, FED BY A NETWORK OF PRISTINE MOUNTAIN STREAMS AND SPRINGS, AND ANCHORED IN DEEP VOLCANIC SOIL, UPPER KLAMATH LAKE IS ONE OF NATURE’S GREATEST DEPOSITORIES OF THE EDIBLE MICROALGAE DUBBED AFA.

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ALGAE BLOOM IN UPPER KLAMATH LAKE

UPPER KLAMATH LAKE, BEING SHALLOW AND RICH IN NUTRIENTS, PRODUCES MASSIVE ALGAE BLOOMS ANNUALLY.

Mare's Eggs

MARE’S EGGS

MARE’S EGGS IS THE COMMON NAME GIVEN TO ANOTHER TYPE OF BLUE-GREEN ALGAE, NOSTOC PRUNIFORME, FOUND IN THE UPPER KLAMATH BASIN. THE VERY RARE ALGAE GROW IN ROUND OR OBLONG COLONIES UP TO 10 INCHES WIDE.

Algae—from the smallest single-celled microalgae to the largest seaweeds—have been described as the basis of the entire food chain, the foundational nutrient source for creating and renewing all life on our planet. Dubbed “Earth’s first food,” Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (commonly abbreviated AFA) is a species of cyanobacteria (blue-green microalgae) that are among the most ancient of all living organisms. For at least 3.5 billion years cyanobacteria have provided oxygen to the atmosphere and nutrients to the myriad varieties of life forms that inhabit Earth’s freshwater sources.

Cultivated as a reliable food resource for centuries by native cultures worldwide, algae is recognized as a legitimate nutritional powerhouse. With science increasingly documenting the many nutritional benefits of both freshwater and sea algae, the body of research continues to grow and the list of benefits is continually expanding. Of the many species of edible microalgae, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae is considered by experts to have superior characteristics and is , one of Earth’s most basic yet most potent sustainable foods. Aphanizomenon flos-aquae is the only wild harvested blue green algae on the market today. Part of its unique nutritional profile is a direct result of the unique environment it is harvested from on upper Klamath Lake in a volcanic-ash sediment basin rich in micronutrients and pristine spring-fed water. Today, blue-green algae from Klamath Lake is known as a “superfood” that:

  • Biomodulates physical wellness for overall energy and performance
  • Provides essential amino acids that nourish the brain and every system in the body
  • Promotes enhanced absorption and assimilation of food nutrients*
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Supports a healthy digestive system
  • Helps maintain normal cholesterol levels*
  • Sustains healthy immune system function*
  • Provides a natural source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids*
  • Offers a vast array of micronutrients in a convenient form

The nutritional profile of wild, organic blue-green microalgae is impressive. Not only does AFA contain all 20 amino acids, thus providing a complete source of protein, but it also contains essential fatty acids, as well as 13 necessary vitamins, 23 elements and trace elements, the mental energy activator phenylethylamine (PEA), and the vitally important antioxidant pigments phycocyanin and chlorophyll. In addition, AFA contains an ideal balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, complex sugars, and fiber. Few substances on Earth can boast such a complete, well-rounded and wholesome nutritional composition.

Years of extensive study finely document the many health benefits of AFA, and particularly of the strain produced abundantly in the ideal environment of Upper Klamath Lake in scenic Southern Oregon. It is this unique combination of a wide variety of essential nutrients in one source that makes organic Aphanizomenon flos-aquae such a logical choice for dietary supplementation. Ongoing research reveals an increased interest in the benefit of making microalgae-based food supplements a significant part of a balanced daily diet for health-conscious consumers.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.