Derived from the Greek words phyto (plant) and plankton (made to wander or drift), phytoplanktons are microscopic organisms or microalgae found in most oceanic and fresh water bodies on the planet. Algae are the great remediator, sequestering large amounts of atmospheric CO2. Floating in large blooms close to the oceans surface layer, many are a chlorophyll-celled organism, utilising sunlight and the sequestered CO2 for the process of photosynthesis.
Natural Super Food
Micro Algae (fresh water) are some of the most primitive life forms found on Earth and have been consumed as food and medicine for centuries. Human consumption of the blue-green algae called spirulina actually goes back to the Aztec civilization of the 14th century, and this type, including Spirulina and Chlorella is the edible variety most commonly used in supplements. In fact, algae benefits are so pronounced — due to their high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and proteins — that they are commonly referred to as super foods.
The Most Important Plant In The World
Marine microalgae (salt water) is a single-celled organism that is rich in trace minerals, chlorophyll, essential amino acids, DHA, EPA, carotenoids, antioxidants (astaxanthin), nucleic acids and necessary vitamins. As the name suggests, it is originally derived from the ocean. In fact, NASA called marine phytoplankton the most important plant in the world, providing almost all of the Earth’s oxygen and serving as a vital food supply for marine life (and humans!).
Non Animal Derived (Vegan) EPA & DHA
Marine microalgae is one of the best non-animal derived (Vegan) sources of EPA and DHA available. Being first on the food chain, all fish and many other aquatic creatures, like krill, get their EPA and DHA essential fatty acids from either the phytoplankton they consume as a food source or from other fish that graze on it.
Antioxidant & Nutrient Rich
There are hundreds of nutritional elements and compounds that have been identified in marine phytoplankton. The fact that these compounds are 5 times smaller than a red blood cell makes them able to penetrate and nourish human cells in a unique way. These single-celled phytoplankton don’t depend on the digestive system or liver for processing, making them an extremely bioavailable source of nutrients.