Benefits of blue-green algae
ALGAE are a diverse group of organisms, ranging from unicellular to multicellular organisms. Among the unicellular micro-algae, the blue-green micro-algae are today no longer defined as algae but as cyanobacteria, which are the first organic form of life on the planet and are at the root of both the food chain and evolutionary chain of beings. They have been part of the many indigenous diets for thousands of years.
Currently, the cyanobacteria or blue-green algae used for human consumption include Spirulina and Klamath (Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae or AFA).
Klamath takes its common name from the lake in which it grows.
This blue-green algae is a wild superfood with specific unique benefits and an almost complete and bioavailable spectrum of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuromodulating and immune-supporting nutrients and nutraceutical molecules.
Klamath AFA algae have a high content of vitamin A and the highest content of B vitamins. It contains vitamin K (100% RDA/gr) and a spectrum of 15 carotenoids. It also contains over 60 organic trace minerals, with a high content of iron (30% RDA/gr); vanadium (30% RDA/gr), organic fluorine (50% RDA/gr) and iodine (10% RDA/gr).
It is also a good source of Omega-3 and high-quality complete proteins with 20 amino acids.
AFA algae contain different nutrients and molecules that, through antioxidant and antiinflammatory activity, have relevance in cancer prevention and management.
Also, the immunomodulating activity of AFA, and particularly of its polysaccharide and low-molecular weight peptides, with its special ability to stimulate the migration of NK cells (forefront fighters against tumourinfected cells), may be important as an adjuvant therapy in relation to cancer.
Direct antiproliferative activity of AFA phycocyanins have been preliminarily and successfully tested at the University of Urbino. It has also been scientifically proven that the consumption of AFA increases stem cells by 25%. This increase has fast and significant healing effects for various ailments.
It also contains Phenylethylamine (PEA), which is a mood modulator for better mental focus, better mood, better concentration and better stress handling. Children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or autism have experienced great relief from consuming AFA.
AFA is also high in enzymes that help in digestion and bowel movement. Also, 100% of AFA vitamin B12 is bio-available.
As Klamath Lake has 30ft to 40ft of organic nutrient sediment from past volcanic activity, AFA blue-green algae has about 40% more calcium, 100% more chromium, 275% more chlorophyll, and five to 10 times the vitamin C content of Spirulina. Also, AFA is almost 100% assimilable.
According to Dr Gabriel Cousen, MD, “Although Chlorella or Spirulina may help mental functioning a little bit, it’s nowhere near the effect that AFA has on mental functioning.
“AFA may have anti-depressive and other healing effects as well. Over the years, people taking AFA have consistently reported an overall increase in mental alertness, mental stamina, short- and long-term memory and problem-solving ability. Autistic children also begin to talk.
“Test done shows that AFA may temporarily halt the progression of the Alzheimer disease, to partially reverse or even help to prevent it. Alzheimer patients on AFA showed significant improvement.”
This article is contributed by Universal Health Care.
Klamath AFA algae take its common name from the lake in which they grow.