Miracle Superfood: Wild Blue-Green Algae
by Gillian McKeith, Ph.D
Of all the many strains of different types of algae in existence, the blue-greens are the most distinct from other plants and algae. There are anywhere form 500 to 1500 different species of these blue-green algae. Fossil records indicate that the blue-greens are the most primitive of all algae, dating back over four billion years. These algae have endured while thousands of other plant and animal species have become extinct.
The blue-greens are true survival pioneers, quickly changing and adapting to light conditions, temperatures and physical and chemical changes as the environment dictates. They were probably the very first organisms to release elemental oxygen into the primitive and barren planetary atmosphere. In evolutionary terms, the blue-greens (scientifically known as Cyanobacteria) represent a link between bacteria and green plants.
Algae Shares Characteristics With Plants, Animals, Bacteria
Blue-green algae are quite distinct from other algae in that they share characteristics with plants, animals and bacteria. Like plants, they have the ability to perform photosynthesis, but they do it far better than any other plant. They are the most chlorophyll-rich organisms on the planet.. Special phycolilin pigments initiate the conversion of light energy to chemical energy by certain wavelengths of visible light to which chlorophyll is not as sensitive. The energy is absorbed by the phycolilins and passed onto the chlorophyll. Further- more, blue-green algae are similar to animal cells in structure in that both have a soft, digestible cell wall composed of glycogen, which our bodies can use as a food. Many other plants have indigestible cellulose cell walls. Thus, because the algae cell walls are soft and easy to digest, we can obtain more nutrients from its ingestion.
Klamath Lake Algae Is Unique
Wild blue-green algae (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae or AFA) from Klamath Lake, Oregon is different and distinct from most algae. It is a wild, uncultivated plant food. It is one of the few species of algae which grows wild in its own natural habitat, one of the worlds most rich nutrient traps. Unlike this indigenous and wild form of blue-green algae, some algae are grown artificially in man-made farming ponds. The extraordinary and natural environment in which wild blue-green algae is grown is impossible to duplicate on these algae farms. Wild blue-green algae are completely free of artificial, synthetic influences. Because AFA is so purely and naturally grown in its own wild habitat, it has the most beneficial impact upon the human body. My basic argument is that wild AFA is superior:
- in its rate of assimilability, digestibility and absorption,
- as a food and energy source,
- in nutrient density, and
- as a preventative against disease.
First, AFA algae have a soft cell glucose (glycoliprotein complex protein bonded to carbohydrate) wall that is easily digested by the body; this allows rapid absorption and assimilation of vital nutrients. Other synthetically cultivated algae and plants may have indigestible cellulose walls making absorption difficult or impossible. Wild blue-green algae is an anabolic substance.
Translation: its organic compounds are more readily assimilated, absorbed, digested, metabolized and utilized by the human body.
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