Blue Green Algae—Nature’s First Food
Klamath Blue Green Algae is the most nutrient dense food on the planet, containing glyco-proteins, vitamins, minerals, simple carbohydrates, lipids and biologically active enzymes. Due to the algae’s nutritious soft cell wall, these nutrients are readily available to the body. As the body uses only a small amount of energy to convert this superfood into fuel, consuming Klamath Blue Green Algae is a fast, efficient way to improve any diet. The discovery of the incredible food value concentrated in AFA, Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae, an ancient blue-green microalgae, has popularized this nutrient dense whole food that contains more protein, B12 and chlorophyll than any other food source. Klamath Blue Green Algae has such a complete nutritional profile, available in forms that are directly accessible and easily superior to any other algae on the market and has become the focus of much attention in the health food industry.
“The time has come for more resources to go into nutrition research, new food technology and ways to increase productivity per acre. We need to explore ways of capitalizing on photosynthesis and making better use of the sun’s energy.” James Kendrick, Jr. Former University of California at Berkeley Vice President for Agricultural Sciences.
The technical term APHANIZOMENON (genus) and FLOS-AQUAE (species) are actually zoological terms of classification that literally mean “invisible living flower of water” in Greek. Algae capitalize on the direct energy of the sun more than any other food. Primitive as they may appear, most are highly efficient photosynthesizers. Algae utilize light energy from the sun (greater than 10% conversion efficiency), carbon dioxide from the air, and hydrogen from the water to synthesize its bio-chemicals. Klamath Blue Green Algae is unique among all food grade algaes in that it also metabolizes molecular nitrogen directly from the air to produce proteins and other nitrogen containing bio-molecules.
Among the several families of algae, Klamath Blue Green Algae is in the class: cyano-bacteria. Like a string of pearls, their cells have a gelatinous cell wall surrounding the chloroplast and a protoplast DNA container. Algae are a class by themselves, exhibiting the characteristics of both plant and animal.
Klamath Blue Green Algae is a wild, fresh water algae growing in natural abundance in Upper Klamath Lake. The precipitation that falls on the Southern Oregon Cascade Mountains washes tons of mineral-rich volcanic soil into the alkaline lake annually. This mineral-rich water, clean air, and high intensity sunlight make the unique ecosystem of Upper Klamath Lake the most perfect growth medium for A.F.A.
Klamath Blue Green Algae, unlike cultivated algae, is a naturally occurring perennial. Its survival depends on the heartiest strain reproducing itself, and its uncanny ability to communicate environmental and other conditions to each strand in the bloom. During early Autumn, the algae reproduces itself every four days, creating a massive bloom of up to 200 million pounds annually. Klamath Blue Green Algae is harvested fresh from the lake on a daily basis, screened to remove debris and excess water, fresh micro-filtered to be free of potential contaminants, then flash frozen and stored at -40º F until processing. Klamath Blue Green Algae is thoroughly laboratory tested, low temperature dried, never heat processed, and retains most of its biologically active vital nutrients in a naturally balanced profile.
Through the prolific manufacturing of proteins and sugars, algae provided the foundation nutrients for the planet’s evolving ecosystem. As the algae multiplied, it gave the earth the raw materials it needed for its vast proliferation of more complex life forms.
Algae has been eaten in various forms for thousands of years. It is packed with beta-carotene and B-Complex biologically active vitamins, enzymes, chlorophyll, fatty acids, neuropeptide precursors (peptides are joined amino acids), lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, trace minerals, pigments and other essential growth factors. It contains all eight essential amino acids and both semi-essential amino acids. It is a concentrated source of arginine, known to build and tone muscle tissue. Most importantly, the essential amino acid profile of AFA is virtually identical to that required by the human body. No vital amino acids are wasted.
In trying to understand the physiological benefits of blue green algae we must also consider the impressive list of sugars it creates: “Alginics, fucoidins, galactans, agars, laminarins, mannans, ribose. to name only a few” (Armstrong, F., 1983). The algae use these complex sugars for all its biochemical needs, such as the building, repairing, and replacing of damaged structures.
Research has shown it’s not only what you eat, but what your body absorbs and assimilates that is important. Microalgae, existing at the beginning of the food chain, provides the simplest form of balanced, whole food nutrients. Klamath Blue Green Algae has a very nutritious, easily digested, soft cell wall, comprised of a glucolipoprotein complex. This allows rapid absorption of vital nutrients with 95% assimibility, at almost no cost to the body’s digestive energy supplies. Most of the nutrients in AFA are active and in forms that are directly usable by the body.