Phytoplankton FAQ’s

What does marine phytoplankton taste like?

Erm…. well the powder tastes green, healthy, slightly aquatic. Not disimilar to spirulina, chlorella or wild blue green algae if you’ve ever taste those but, we think, milder, sweeter and more palatable. If you have any problem with the taste, simply mix it into juice or a smoothie and you won’t notice it!

Why is marine phytoplankton so expensive?

The business of selecting and replicating specific strains of wild algae to find one with optimum benefits for human health is a complex one. Replicating the natural conditions of a plankton bloom in an artificial environment is no mean feat either. Then slow drying, grinding, packaging and shipping adds the final layer. We genuinely believe that the extraordinary result of all this hard work is the most potent, nutrient-dense and healthful stuff that a human could put in their bodies. As such, it’s cheap at the price!

Is is marine phytoplankton vegetarian and vegan ?

Yes, they are 100% vegan! Many people get confused by hearing the word ‘plankton,’ which is the name for a vast genus of creatures that have no power to move themselves but are borne along in the currents. Amongst these are bacteria, algae, protozoans, jellyfish and some species of cephalopods. Only a very specific group within these are the phytoplankton, microscopic single celled water borne plants that feed from the light of the sun.

Is it Grown on Land?

No, our product is grown within a commercial algal bioreactor in Germany. We use only purified water during the process.

Is Your Phytoplankton GMO?

It is 100% GMO free, merely a result of selective breeding of a natural strain.

Is marine phytoplankton the same as spirulina?

No it is not. Marine phytoplankton is an oceanic plankton, spirulina is a blue-ish green cyanobacteria (algae) which grows in fresh water.

How to consume phytoplankton?

Generally, most people consume it in water, juice, smoothies.

How much should I take?

It depends on the brand but with ours around 1g (a level teaspoon) would be a good place to start. Many people work up to much more than this with some chronic disease sufferers favouring 3k per day.

Does it expire?

Yes it does, although it usually has around a six month shelf life from when you buy it. Most people only buy it month to month for this reason, so they can be assured of getting the freshest batch.

Should I keep phytoplankton in the fridge?

A cool place would be our recommendation so if you live in the UK, a kitchen cupboard is likely fine. If you live in the Australian Outback, the fridge might be a good idea!

Does Phytoplankton Contain Iodine?

Iodine is typically found in macro-algae / seaweed, but NOT in Marine Phytoplankton (marine micro-algae).

Some seaweed have high iodine content such as Kombu/ Laminaria…etc, that prevent these seaweed products from being an official approval as food in different countries. This is due to the opinion from some that high iodine contents may cause harm (up to severe health problems) to the human metabolism. Kombu may contain iodine contents of up to 500 mg/ kg (but is here, among the macro algae, an exception).

More importantly regarding our Marine Phytoplankton species we cultivate, these micro algae species may contain only very minute traces of iodine, but this is such a very small minute quality that would not be a quantifiable /measurable amount in our algae.

Additionally I can confirm that we do not add any iodine in our liquid medium (production process), which is made up from filtrated and purified tap water. Based on this accidental input of trace quantities iodine is virtually impossible to get into our Phytoplankton product.

For anyone worrying about iodine in their food, here is an informative page:

What is it good for?

It’s good for all humans, no matter what your state of health but, if you’re asking for specifics, it’s showing tremendous promise for people battling any kind of chronic disease, it’s helpful with fatigue and health conditions which cause fatigue, and it’s showing promise in anything involving mental health, due to it’s wide range of bio-available nutrients and high EPA. Athletes are using it to improve performance, aging people are using it to keep their brains agile, and health practitioners the world over are beginning to recommend it.

Which phytoplankton is the best?

Well, we’re biased of course so this one is a no brainer. More seriously, it’s worth saying there are several good quality phytoplankton supplements out there, as well as many lower grade ones we wouldn’t touch with a barge pole. Steer clear of anything with fillers and bulking agent, or which has been made in a plastic tubed bioreactor. Since the cultivation of plankton for the human food chain is a relatively new idea, there actually aren’t that many facilities worldwide which make it. So the truth is the vast majority of the supplements in our industry come from just one or two places, just packaged differently.

Ours is not only completely unique, but we genuinely believe it’s the most high-end, carefully bred and cultivated supplement in the market place. It is NOT one you’re going to find elsewhere under a different brand. Please try it and let us know if you feel the same.

Cara Hayes is an experienced natural health practitioner with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Sydney. She has been writing for Plankton for Health since 2019 and contributes widely to many well-known health publications.