Ben­e­fits of blue-green al­gae

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BMS INDULGE -

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.

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