Wild Blue-Green Algae is a “whole-cell” wild Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) cyanobacteria that are harvested from the undisturbed, high-desert Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon. It is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the entire planet. It is one of the oldest and purest forms protein and is thought to be one of the original superfoods for all mammals alive today.
It is easily digestible because it is made up primarily of “soft” proteins which are immediately absorbed through the intestinal tract and go directly into the blood cells, making it one of the most utilizable protein sources in all of nature, containing over 60% vegetable protein and providing every essential amino acid. This makes blue-green algae one of the cleanest and purest sources of plant-based protein.
Algae contains a vast array of phytonutrients, antioxidants, minerals (especially iron, zinc, selenium, and magnesium) and is densely packed with vitamins, enzymes, and other unique compounds, making it one of the most potent superfoods available for human consumption. It is one of the worlds oldest and most comprehensive super foods in planetary history and has been the primary source of survival for cultures the world over.
Algae is also extremely high in minerals and has a higher concentration of beta-carotene than broccoli. A rich source of calcium, iron, vitamin B12, enzymes and antioxidants make blue green algae an ideal food source for both adults and children. Even pets can benefit greatly from this nutrient-packed food. Although the natural sources where algae grows in the wild are being threatened, we are extremely grateful to have access to this pristine source of wild algae and to be able to offer it to you.
Wildcrafted Klamath Blue-Green Algae: Whole Cell (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) cyanobacteria )
Blue Green Algae mixes easily in water, protein shakes, smoothies or fresh-squeezed juices to add a naturally complete superfood boost. It is amazing sprinkled on popcorn and salads. Add it to your raw chocolate, too. Try adding it to a coconut water for refreshing, nourishing hydration and to energize your brain.
POSSIBLE HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLUE-GREEN ALGAE
Scientific research has shown many compounds found in AFA have strong anti-inflammatory properties which have been known to help alleviate the chronic inflammation many people encounter daily due to stress and environmental toxins. These include the COX-2 inhibitor Phycocyanin, and anti-inflammatory properties of the carotenoids contained in AFA.
Many of the compounds in algae serve as broad-spectrum antioxidants which help protect cells from damaging free radicals which are continually being produced in the body. Other compounds in algae function as strong immune modulators, which research has been shown to support immune surveillance. These compounds can activate aspects of the immune system involved in both the anti-bacterial and anti-viral immune defense mechanisms. The complex polysaccharides found in AFA are an example of these unique compounds. Research done on the polysaccharides in algae showed support of the activation of Natural Killer (NK) cells in laboratory tests. NK cells serve as a vital first defense against cancerous cells containing mutated DNA and infected cells.
Another incredibly valuable and important active compound found in AFA is phenylethylamine (PEA). Although it is found in other foods like chocolate, AFA supplies a much higher level and is actually the highest known natural source. Phenethylamine has gained significant notoriety in recent years as it is now thought to play an important role in depression and other psychiatric disorders. By measuring its metabolites, low levels of endogenous PEA have been documented in cases of attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and PEA supplementation has been used to treat clinical depression.
THE ROLE OF ALGAE IN THE BODY
- Anti-Aging: Loaded with more essential nutrients and iron than most foods that we consume, blue-green algae is perfect as an anti-aging food. Its high concentration of antioxidants means our bodies can combat more free radicals and toxics.
- Relief from inflammation resulting in reduction in headaches, body aches and pains, joint pain...
- Energy Booster - has rejuvenating effects of antioxidants and adaptogens which help the body to deal with stress, recover more quickly and have more overall stamina.
- Better Digestion - it coats the stomach lining and is packed with enzymes that help to improve digestion.
- Sleep better - it is detoxifying, resulting in better rest.
- Lose weight - provides the body with crucial micro nutrients that are missing in our food supply which elevates food cravings and more balanced appetite.
- Greater concentration and mental focus - increase in mental presense and clarity of mind
- Strengthen the hair, skin and nails - high in protein which is the main building block for healthy hair, skin and nails and tissue repair
- Less anxiety - it has beneficial effects on our brain development and repair and can help us cope with stress better.
- Improves memory - as it has effects on our brain development, regular consumption of blue green algae has also shown to have an impact on our memory.
ALGAE AS KEY IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORTER
Complex polysaccharides present in wild blue-green algae contribute to the activation Natural Killer (NK) cells, the human body's primary immune defense mechanism. These cells travel in the blood stream in a state of rest, but can be immediately recruited into tissues by chemical signals which activate various mechanisms which kill virus-infected cells and cancer cells, b) divide and make more NK cells, and c) secrete substances that attract other cells to the infected area. Research on the polysaccharides in Algae provides strong support of activation of NK cells in laboratory tests.
Mechanisms of action involved in the rapid improvement are attributed in part to the PEA content of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae. Additional testing showed at least part of the effect of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae on cognitive function was due to rapid oral uptake of psychoactive compounds, such as PEA.
PEA, THE LOVE MOLECULE
Phenylethylamine, β-phenethylamine or phenethylamine (PEA) is well known as the “love” molecule as it is elevated in the brain during times of joy. PEA is an organic compound and a natural monoamine alkaloid, a trace amine, and also the name of a class of chemicals with many members well known for psychoactive drug and stimulant effects. Phenylethylamine functions as a neuromodulator or neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system. It is biosynthesized from the amino acid phenylalanine by enzymatic decarboxylation. In addition to mammals, phenethylamine is found in other organisms and foods, such as algae and chocolate: the same compound that is believed to produce chocolate’s profound effects on mood. The phenylethylamine in chocolate is believed to work by making the brain release b-endorphin, an opioid peptide which is the driving force behind its pleasurable effects.
Exercise Found to Raise PEA Levels. From the book review Is ‘Runners’ High’ a Cure for Depression? by Daniel DeNoon, reviewed By Charlotte Grayson. “...phenylethylamine, or PEA, is a natural stimulant produced by the body. A British research team reports early findings suggesting that moderate exercise increases PEA levels for most people. They argue that this increase causes the euphoric mood often called “runners’ high.”
In a 1996 study, the effects of phenylethylamine (PEA) replacement were studied. It was found that PEA, an endogenous neuroamine, increased attention and activity in animals and has been shown to relieve depression in 60% of depressed patients. It has been proposed that PEA deficit may be the cause of a common form of depressive illness.
There is mounting evidence suggesting that their is a connection between low levels of PEA and depression and demonstrating PEA’s efficacy as an anti-depressant and it’s effectiveness with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). It is shown to be a present in higher levels during “runner’s high” and one of the chemicals responsible for romantic love. The PEA present in algae is part of the food itself and naturally occurs in combination with numerous co-factors and micronutrients.
PEA: A NATURAL ANTI-DEPRESSANT
Researchers at Rush University and the Center for Creative Development in Chicago conducted a study demonstrating PEA’s anti-depressant effects: “Phenylethylamine (PEA), an endogenous neuroamine, increases attention and activity in animals and has been shown to relieve depression in 60% of depressed patients. It has been proposed that PEA deficit may be the cause of a common form of depressive illness. Fourteen patients with major depressive episodes that responded to PEA treatment (10-60 mg orally per day were reexamined 20 to 50 weeks later. The antidepressant response had been maintained in 12 patients. Effective dosage did not change with time. There were no apparent side effects. PEA produces sustained relief of depression in a significant number of patients, including some unresponsive to the standard treatments.
MORE ON ALGAE:
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- In the book Natural Remedies for Depression by Donald Brown, N.D., Alan R. Gaby, M.D., and Ronald Reichert, N.D., the L form of phenylalanine is discussed:
- Phenylethylamine: More Than Just A Pea-Sized Neurochemical: http://www.neuroconcepts.memberlodge.org/resources/Documents/Phenylethylamine-More%20Than%20Just%20A%20Pea-Sized%20Neurochemical.pdf
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