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Nutrition Fact Sheet
What is Marine PhytoPlankton?
It is a small one-celled marine organism, smaller than a red blood cell. It is not an exaggeration to say that the whole basis of life on this planet starts with this little organism as it is the foundation of the whole of the food chain in the oceans, and also, indirectly, that of land creatures. It also is responsible, according to NASA, for producing 90% of the oxygen on the planet – so it may be small, but it is powerful!
Marine Phytoplankton as Superfood
Marine phytoplankton is considered to be one of the most powerful foods on the Earth. Why? Because it is loaded with high-energy super antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and proteins as well as all sorts of other goodies. It contains within it every nutrient needed for the creation and maintenance of cells. If you take a moment to just think into the implications of that statement you will realise why so many people are getting excited about this.
Healthy cells equal a healthy body. We are a community of trillions of cells, and if they are all working well, in good repair, well-nourished and happy, then inevitably we feel the benefit.
And not only is there everything in marine phytoplankton to enable our cells to happily carry out their metabolism, it is also highly bioavailable to the body – in fact 100% bioavailable, which in itself is stunning as most foods average substantially less than that and there is waste. The cell wall is immediately digested and absorbed, with its rich nutrient content passing easily into the body. Add this to the fact that it bypasses the liver and goes straight into the bloodstream, and it is available very quickly for the body to use.
A full nutrient profile of our marine phytoplankton is available at the end of this fact sheet, but one of the things which contributes to this being a complete food is that it contains all of the essential amino acids, so it is a complete protein, and it contains good levels of the essential fatty acids – particularly Omega 3 and 6 (where do you think the fish which feed on this get their omega oils from?).
Marine phytoplankton contains good levels of chlorophyll, as well as plant pigments called phytochemicals which work synergistically as antioxidants, alongside antioxidant nutrients such as astaxanthin, canthaxanthin and zeaxanthin, and a wide range of carotenoids.
What are the Benefits?
Although scientific studies are in their infancy as the scientific community has been slow to wake up to the potential of this superfood, there are plenty of indications of the health benefits of this food, and early results from studies bear out its promise.
Practitioners who have been working with it for some time report great results, and David Wolfe, an expert on world superfoods, reports the following benefits from taking marine phytoplankton:
- Energy without stimulation
- Improved immune function
- Decrease in aches and pains
- Improved speed and safety of detoxification
- Helps shed excess weight
- Enhances brain function, including memory and concentration
- Helps increase oxygen uptake
- Helps improve blood sugar imbalances
- Fewer cravings
- Better sleep, sex, energy, digestion, circulation and eyesight
- Faster recovery from illness
- Nervous system repair
- Helps improve many degenerative diseases including autoimmune, cardiovascular, skin,
nervous system and respiratory diseases
In addition, he states, people who include this in their diet also enjoy antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial effects as well as improved cellular repair, protection from radiation and also benefits from a ‘grounding energy’.
Phew! And that’s just for starters. Mike Adams, chief editor of Natural News also has a long list of diseases which he states benefit from taking marine phytoplankton, including:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Autoimmune diseases such as lupus
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Liver disease
- Eye disease
- Infections and colds
- Type II diabetes
- Eczema and other skin disorders
- Breast cancer, prostate cancer and other cancers
- Heart disease and arteriosclerosis
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease and other neuromuscular disorders
- Depression, mood swings and behavioural disorders
- Infertility and reproductive disorders
- Asthma and respiratory disorders
- Kidney and bladder disorders
- Osteoporosis and skeletal disorders
- Chronic pain and joint pain
In addition it will provide an instant energy boost, as marine phytoplankton is said to have 400 times the energy of any known plant (I did say it was a little powerhouse!).
What Forms Does It Come In?
You will find marine phytoplankton being sold in liquid form (ie. seawater with added plankton), powdered form and in capsules.
My preferred route is the capsules – but beware, I have found at least one manufacturer whose capsules only contain 5% marine phytoplankton and the rest is fillers. Liquid forms are much more dilute and you are paying for the water (also I would have concerns around purity). Concentrated powder or capsules has the benefit of letting you know how much you are getting – but again BEWARE. Anything exposed to heat, or pasteurising as part of the processing will be damaged.
I looked hard to partner with a manufacturer who ticks all the boxes and follows the kind of standards of production you would want. I finally found one with Poseidon Health in the United States. They freeze dry the plankton, which has been produced under controlled conditions to ensure 100% purity, using advanced drying technology which sets the standard for food ingredient drying to ensure that it retains all the important nutrients. Indeed, they claim the highest nutrient profile of any manufacturer. They work to Food Safety Standards, manufacture to Conservation Grade and are also HACCP certified. The end result is 100% pure concentrated product, which is packaged in re-sealable zip-lock pouches both for ease of distribution and storage.
Food not Medicine
The beauty of marine phytoplankton is that, despite the long list of benefits, it is still a food, not a supplement or a drug. It is a dense, nutrient-rich food unlike any other on the planet, and as such is suitable for almost everyone to consume – even your pet! In fact, especially your pet, as most commercial pet foods are appalling short of good nutrition.
The recommended amount to take daily is ½ teaspoon or 2 capsules. If you have health challenges you can take more until they resolve, but build it up slowly. It will both help your body to detoxify and re-align its pH, and if you do this too quickly you will feel the effects.
In my opinion, there is nothing but benefit to be gained from sensible use of marine phytoplankton. Nature has a way of packing up vital nutrients in a synergistic way that even the best of supplements fails to replicate. So give it a go, and let me know how you get on.
If you wish to purchase marine phytoplankton for yourself, use this link:
Nutrient Profile of Marine Phytoplankton
- Aspartic Acid
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Folic Acid
- GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid)
- Glutamic Acid
- Linoleic Acid
- Niacin (B3)
- Nucleic Acids
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids
- Pantothenic Acid (B5)
- Pyridoxie (B6)
- Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
- Substance P
- Thiamine (B1)
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E