If you want the benefits of just one daily wellness supplement, marine phytoplankton might just be the healthiest single substance you can put in your body.
While this deeply nourishing micro-algae is the smallest plant on earth, it packs a powerful punch. In fact, the adherents of this fast growing health food trend speak of the benefits with a kind of mystical zeal. That would be us!
Below, we’ll explain the many wonderful benefits offered by a single daily teaspoon.
7 Health Benefits of Marine Phyoplankton
Boosts Cellular Energy
Phytoplankton offers a powerful clear burst of energy which is pretty much unparalleled, in our opinion. If you’ve got chronic fatigue syndrome, are a sleep-deprived parent of young children, or a doctor working a double shift, a dose of phytoplankton can seriously bring you back from the edge. It is a rich source of nucleotides, building blocks of DNA and RNA that increase motivation, energy expenditure and cognitive function. Because of its tiny cell size (5-7 times smaller than a red blood cell) the phytoplankton is absorbed directly through the mucous membranes, too, meaning you can feel the results within about 20 minutes of taking it. To quote pioneering longevity writer David Wolfe, phytoplankton delivers ‘vital life force at the mitochondrial level of energy production.’
Is a Potent Anti-Inflammatory
It is now common parlance that inflammation plays a fundamental part in many, if not all, major diseases (1). Inflammation is the body’s signal of imbalance, playing a significant role in conditions such as arthritis, Crohn’s, cancer, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia to name only a handful. So how does phytoplankton combat inflammation? It does so partly by dint of it’s high natural content of Omega 3 fatty acids, of which it is the richest vegetarian source of the long chain form. It is also a rich source of anti-inflammatory chlorophyll, furthering its efficacy in benefitting conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis (2).
May Benefit Mood
Depression is a serious global issue right now, so it’s heartening to know that marine phytoplankton is amongst those plant-based supplements which can make a difference. While we’ve received much testimonial evidence from users about its power to make them feel happier, this is also backed up by a pilot study by the University of Utah, USA which, while admittedly relatively small in scope, did conclude that phytoplankton users exhibited a significant boost on the Short Form-36 emotional subscale questionnaire.
Immune System Tonic
Containing a wealth of powerful antioxidants, as well as caretonoids, amino acids, vitamins and bioflavenoids, some strains of phytoplankton also contain SOD. Superoxide dismutase helps the body scavenge harmful oxygen molecules as well as playing a critical role in immune system regulation (3).
Clears Up Skin
Marine Phytoplankton offers tremendous benefits to the skin, due to a combination of its anti-inflammatory, alkalising properties, combined with high EFA content. The bioflavonoids purify the skin, while protecting it from the detrimental effects of stress. For many sufferers of chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema phytoplankton supplementation is proving to be a break-through strategy.
May Help Joint Health
As one of nature’s own vegan sources of long-chain Omega 3 Fatty Acids, phytoplankton is a fantastic way to support joint health. Sufferers of arthritis who add a teaspoon or two to their daily diet may benefit from increase muscle mobility and reduced inflammation. In addition, phytoplankton contains Pantothenic Acid (B5), which may useful for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The amino acid proline offers essential benefits to the body’s connective tissues, promoting the formation of collagen. Manganese helps mobility.
May Benefit Cardiovascular Function
Containing nutrients such as niacin and gamma linolenic acid to help lower cholesterol, phytoplankton is also nature’s highest source, by weight, of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These EFA’s may help lower triglycerides, one of the principle components of human body fat, reduce stroke and heart attack risk, and promote a regular heartbeat. They also lessen the growth of atherosclerotic plaque and have a moderate effect on blood pressure.
You Should Be Cautious About the Source
As far as we know we’re one of the only – if not the only – dedicated phytoplankton shop on the web that isn’t owned by a brand. We are independent which means we sell the product we feel is the best and that decision came after a tremendous amount of research into the subject. Not only did we order every available phytoplankton supplement from the UK, US and Asian markets, we also contacted all of the producers.
And what we discovered was alarming.
Firstly, there are very few worldwide producers of food grade phytoplankton. A good proportion of these (all of the cheaper products on the market and some, alas of the more expensive) come from algae ponds. These are prone to contamination and do not allow the clear isolation of single strains. If you try these products the colour is generally lighter and the taste much more acrid.
Other producers mix their product with water (why?), or dry the plant in a way which damages the integrity of the cell wall.