Algae to the Rescue – the power of this blue-green superfood

Klamath Lake in Oregon, where the amazing AquaSource Algae grow!

Klamath Lake in Oregon, where the amazing AquaSource Algae grow!

We are in the midst of a health revolution: twenty-five years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find any scientific papers highlighting the importance of our diet in relation to our health. Today, the medical journals are filled with such references.

It appears that the scientific world is finally recognising that the foods we eat play a key role in the health and disease that we experience.

Most of us believe that if we are eating a well-balanced diet, we are receiving all the necessary nutrients for optimum health. However, according to a leading nutritionist, Patrick Holford, no single piece of research over the past two decades has been able to support this assumption. It appears that the concept of the “well-balanced diet” is a myth; the foods we eat do not give us the nutrition that we need.

The problem stems from today’s practice of overfarming and the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides. These chemicals exhaust the soil of its nutrients and kill off the micro-organisms that change inorganic minerals into organic form. As a result, we can no longer rely upon the nutritional quality of our food. Indeed, the vegetables and fruits in our supermarkets can have only fractions of the vitamins and minerals that they had earlier this century.

Some oranges have even been found to have no vitamin C!

It may be no coincidence that this dramatic fall in the quality of our food is shadowed by the equally dramatic rise in degenerative diseases and immune related problems.aquasource-algae-liquid-

It is always a surprise for people when they start to eat high-quality, organically grown foods, for only then do they truly understand the importance of diet. They find that food not only sustains them but can positively influence their health, lifting them to new levels of well-being and vitality. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, recognised this fact over two and a half thousand years ago and wrote, “Each one of the substances of a man’s diet acts upon his body and changes it in some way, and upon these changes his whole life depends, whether he be in health, in sickness, or convalescence.”

One organic food that can dramatically change people’s lives is a blue-green algae from Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon.

Its scientific name is Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, and today there are hundreds of thousands of people who include small amounts of this wild food in their diets. Ask them why and you will hear a whole host of reasons:

•    increased vitality
•    improved memory and heightened mental clarity
•    relief from physical and mental stress
•    loss of food cravings and excess weight
•    improved skin, nail and hair condition
•    alleviation of yeast and digestive problems
•    reduced allergic responses
•    overall boosting of the body’s resistance to disease

Even people who have specific health complaints, including the common degenerative diseases, are finding improvement in the quality of their lives. A few might say that they do not know how it is helping them, but somehow, when they stop taking algae, they really notice its absence. Although these people each have their own experience, their own testimony, they are united in their belief that Upper Klamath Lake algae plays an essential part in a healthy lifestyle.

How can this algae offer such a range of benefits? Although much research on blue-green algae has been undertaken in the US and Japan over the last couple of decades, there is no single definitive answer to this, as one might expect with something as complex as human health and the molecular interactions in our cells. Rather, a combination of reasons interweave in an intricate web, each reflecting the integrity of the whole, and each containing a facet of the truth.

Perhaps the most obvious explanation for this algae’s potency is the fact that it is the most nutrient-dense food on the planet. This means that, weight for weight, it has more nutrients than any other natural food.  And its broad nutritional spectrum allows a small amount to supply the body with a little of almost every nutrient that it needs:

•    biologically active vitamins, minerals and trace elements
•    amino acids
•    simple carbohydrates
•    enzymes
•    fatty acids
•    pigments such as the carotenoids
•    chlorophyll
•    nucleic acids

It is not only the nutritional composition of food that is important, but also the amount of chemical energy the body expends in processing it.

Provides active vitamin B12

Provides active vitamin B12

Although food produces energy for the body when it is burned or oxidised, this process requires the input of chemical energy from the body in order to break down the food in the stomach, absorb it into the cells, build up new proteins in the body, and expel or transform the waste products or residues.

The energy released from our food is always greater than that needed to process it – otherwise we could not live. However, the modern diet has so little nutrition and is so enzyme deficient that it requires an enormous amount of energy to break it down. This is why we often feel drained after a meal. Further energy expenditure is also necessary to break down and eliminate pesticides and other toxins from our food and environment, and to curb the disruptive effects of high levels of mental stress.

AquaSource Klamath Lake blue green algae is available in powder, capsules and liquid (the liquid is popular with children).

When we are low on chemical or metabolic energy, we feel sluggish, and instead of eliminating toxins and residues, our bodies begin to store them in fat cells and other deposits. This depletion of our energy reserves is thought to contribute to the fall in immunity and the rise in degenerative diseases that we are now witnessing.

The blue-green algae from Upper Klamath Lake gives us nutrients and energy at almost no cost to the body’s reserves. This algae is 95% assimilable, and any of the nutrients are in forms that are directly usable. For example, the algae’s 60% protein content is of a type called glycoproteins, as opposed to the lipoproteins found in vegetables and meat. The body, therefore, need not spend metabolic energy converting lipoproteins into glycoproteins, as it does with other foods. The same applies to the algae’s 25% carbohydrate content, which is in a form similar to the glycogen fuel in our bodies. The net result of preserving metabolic energy is that it can be focused on detoxification and maintenance of our organs. This energy surplus also means that the algae’s nutrients are used to maximum efficiency, which is why tiny amounts can have such enormous benefits.

In addition to the building blocks of neuropeptides, Upper Klamath Lake algae contains 9% rhamnose – the sugar involved in transporting nutrients into nerve cells (or across the blood-brain barrier). This is why it is so beneficial to the nervous system: not only boosting normal brain function (hence its status as a smart food) but also helping with nerve and brain regeneration. The algae is also thought to enhance the function of the body’s master glands – the pituitary, the pineal and the hypothalamus..

As all foods reflect the environment in which they are grown, the beautiful unpolluted Upper Klamath Lake – one of the few remaining alkaline lakes on the planet – also holds a key to the algae’s remarkable potency. This lake has an astonishingly high mineral concentration due to a massive volcanic eruption that occurred in the vicinity over 7000 years ago, covering the area with millions of tons of mineral ash.

Seventeen streams and rivers deposit into the 140 square mile lake an annual average of 50,000 tons of the mineral-rich silt from the surrounding 4000 square mile volcanic basin, making Upper Klamath Lake one of the richest nutrient-traps in the world. The water provides the algae with 60 times the nutrients needed for it to grow to its full potential. And even if no more minerals pour into the lake, the top one inch of the 35-foot mineral sediment is so nutrient-rich that it alone could support the annual bloom for 60 years!

Is it any wonder then, that this wild food has generated so much interest and attention? Is it really so astounding that so many health practitioners are claiming it to be the nutrition of the 21st Century and the ultimate life-support system?

And is it really surprising that hundreds of thousands of ordinary people have chosen to include Upper Klamath Lake algae in their diets? In a world where the quality of food has drastically fallen, it takes a food with this kind of pedigree to restore balance to our biological integrity.

As quality control is important for wild foods, harvesters implement strict processing procedures. These are monitored by the USDA, and testing is also undertaken by independent laboratories. This lack of compromise in quality control is reflected in the purity of Upper Klamath Lake algae.

High-quality nutrition is the best insurance for our most precious possession – our health. Today, there are growing numbers of people who have the courage to accept this responsibility, whether they eat algae, organic produce, a vegetarian diet or just low-fat foods. These are not the pioneers, the trailblazers who have come to know that this jewel called health is too valuable to be left in the hands of ignorance and blind convention. The algae from Upper Klamath Lake offers us a unique opportunity to experience the very real power of food.