Why Live Phytoplankton is Superior

November 19, 2013 Leave a comment

We have grown up being told that fresh vegetables are always the best – But why?  Frozen vegetables lose many of their nutrients, just like marine phytoplankton.  It is important to understand what happens to phytoplankton cells when they are frozen or dried.  Aqua Health Labs believes in providing the highest quality product and is the only source of live phytoplankton sold on the market.  Many companies claim to have live algae cells but it’s important to learn the basic living conditions they need in order to survive.  Without the basics, like refrigeration and the correct salinity level, it is impossible to keep the cells from dying.

What is Required for Marine Phytoplankton to Stay Alive?

  • Live phytoplankton must be kept refrigerated at all times to slow its metabolic rate so they can survive in the finite nutrient conditions within the bottle. Similar to keeping yogurt or milk cold so the bacteria stays alive
  • Live phytoplankton will always be in its natural liquid form
  • Live phytoplankton will only survive in very specific salt water conditions
  • There must be dissolved CO2 in the solution as a carbon source to promote photosynthesis

What happens when it is left at room temperature?

  • The metabolic rate increases making the cells seek out high levels of nutrients, essentially killing itself through starvation
  • Cells start dying within 48 hours and will become brown and decay
  • As decomposition takes place nitrogen, phosphorous and CO2 all rise dramatically
  • The ph will decrease causing the solution to become acidic
  • Beneficial nutrients decompose to their basic organic form – EPA, DHA, and all the Omega-3 essential fatty acids are no longer existent

Why Does Freeze Drying Not Work?

  • Freeze drying prevents decomposition, but kills the phytoplankton
  • Cells are mostly made from water, freezing them causes ice to form and rupture the cell
  • All of the beneficial compounds found in the cell are broken down into basic organic compounds, losing all benefits for taking phytoplankton.
  • When phytoplankton dies it releases everything it has absorbed (all omega-3 nutrients) back into the water column.
  • The nutrient filled water is removed by the manufacturer to reduce shipping costs.

Many manufacturers claim they can provide the same benefits as a living algae culture, but this is scientifically impossible.  Basic cellular biology discredits these claims that are used to mislead customers.   Aqua Health Labs live phytoplankton is the only known supplier of LIVING phytoplankton sold on the market.  Shipped and stored cold to ensure you receive all of the nutrients phytoplankton offers.  Just like your vegetables, fresh is always best!

The variation in the colour of Marine Phytoplankton

August 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Green Growth’s Marine Phytoplankton Nannochloropsis strain produces the highest percentage of the EPA fatty acid of any Nannochloropsis offered commercially today. www.phyto4life.com .Green Growth has listened to all their customer requests regarding how they value quality in Marine Phytoplankton and the most requested comment to that the “EPA content” is the most import attribute they are looking for.

One of the particular things about Marine Phytoplankton and also this strain, is that it follows a general rule. The higher the EPA % content in the strain, the less the content of chlorophyll (green in colour) in the strain. As the product colour becomes more olive, this correlates with the biomass being a different shade of Green, moving into a more olive colour.
Green Growth has supplied a chart to show the correlation between all their recent batches of Marine Phytoplankton they have produced. You can see the ratio of each batch of Chlorophyll (green colour) and EPA, which determines the colour variation between a range of Green to Olive colour of the product.

Overview % – Car./ Chl. and EPA in batches

Chlorophyll Carotenoids EPA Colour
4,14 1,29 2,84 Green
3,72 1,08 4,84 Olive
3,24 0,97 1,85 green
2,5 0,89 3,78 Olive/green
3,24 0,97 7,6 Olive
2,95 1,19 8,15 Olive

Summary of the this analysis
The more olive ( and less green ) Marine Phytoplankton Nannochloropsis biomass is, the higher the most valued EPA nutritional component is in the biomass. A bright green product does not mean the best quality nutritional product. In fact the more olive the product looks, the better the nutritional quality is. 

Feeling depressed?

Marine Phytoplankton for Optimum Health

Feeling depressed?

Depression is an important global public health problem due to both its relatively high lifetime prevalence and the significant disability that it causes. According to recent World Health Organization (WHO) data, depression accounts for close to 5% of the worldwide total burden of disease, and at some point in their lives, 10% to 25% of women and 5% to 12% of men will become clinically depressed. Without treatment, it has the tendency to assume a chronic course, to recur, and to be associated with increasing disability over time.If you are depressed some of the following symptoms may sound familiar:
• Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
• Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
• Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
• Reduced sex drive
• Insomnia or excessive sleeping
• Changes in appetite
• Agitation or restlessness
• Irritability or angry outbursts
• Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
• Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
• Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy
• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren’t going right
• Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
• Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
• Crying spells for no apparent reason
• Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

*Symptoms extracted from the Mayo Clinic website

Depression remains an illness in which existing treatments have limited efficacy. One theory claims that the significant increase in the dietary intake of saturated fat and an increase in the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids may explain the high prevalence of this condition in the general population. If true, this theory has substantial implications for both the prevention and treatment of depression through people’s diets.

The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are essential nutrients now established to enhance life quality and lower the risk of premature death. In depressed patients, low blood levels of EPA are seen; over the past decade, a number of trials have been conducted, many of which support its efficacy in the treatment of childhood and adult depression, among other beneficial effects on brain function.

So, what is the correct intake of EPA for brain benefits? Current knowledge doesn’t indicate a daily intake recommendation, but the purity of EPA within the preparation appears to be influential. Unfortunately, the standard Western diet is unlikely to contribute more than 50-100 mg/day of EPA, and the practicality of making dietary recommendations to eat fish as a primary source of EPA is threatened by the fact that suitable fish are increasingly expensive and hard to find, and may be contaminated with mercury or other pollutants. An alternative is to take dietary supplements rich in EPA. Good news! Phyto4life from Green Growth is rich in EPA. See our labreports on our website.

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New Marine Phytoplankton Product Contains DHA

June 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Marine phytoplanktons are single-celled organisms that serveas the foundation of the aquatic food chain. They are one of the mostnutrient-rich foods in the world, and are a popular supplement for people ofall ages. A new marine phytoplankton product called schizocrytrium is nowavailable, and unlike our other products that contain EPA, schizocytrium containsdocosahexaenoic acid, or DHA. Read more…

Marine Phytoplankton Assisting Inflammation

April 29, 2012 Leave a comment

One of the most popular medications sold in the Western world is anti-inflammatory drugs. Doctors write millions of prescriptions for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) each year, and billions more over-the-counter NSAIDs like Tylenol and Advil are sold in the U.S. every year. However, the relief these medications provide is often temporary and masks helpful symptoms. There is a better alternative to NSAIDs and it is found in essential fatty acids. Read more…

CoQ9 Labreport from Green Growth!

March 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Green Growth had a certified lab run a analysis on CoQ9 (Coenzyme 9) in their Marine Phytoplankton.

The results are positive!!! Green Growth has CoQ9 in their Marine Phytoplankton. next to that Green Growth also has a very good labreport on all the other components. this report also shows that it is safe for human consumption.

You can see the reports on their website www.greengrowthmpbulk.com

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Amino Acids in Marine Phytoplankton

March 14, 2012 1 comment

You may have heard of amino acids, but what are they and what do they have to do with Marine Phytoplankton? The answer to that is easy! Amino acids play a very important role in all sorts of functions throughout the human body. They are actually proteins building block. In building various types of proteins, your body requires twenty amino acids. The proteins are used to maintain your body tissue, repair it, as well as for growth.

Marine Phytoplankton contains 16 of those amino acids. Read more…

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