Algae: Protein Powerhouse from the Sea
Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae [BGA] has the highest beta carotene content per gram of any food a provitamin that boosts the immune system and scavenges free radicals that can cause oxidative damage in the body. Klamath blue green algae is a high source of Canthaxanthin and completely toxin-free due to unique filtering and processing systems used. BGA provides one of the only vegetarian sources of vitamin B12, providing 133% of the RDA. BGA contains 60% high quality protein. Highest beta-carotene content per gram of any food – a provitamin that boosts the immune system and scavenges free radicals that can cause oxidative damage in the body. BGA is the richest known source of chlorophyll, which can help our bodies in cell regeneration, blood purification and general detoxification.
AFA wild Klamath Blue Green Algae® is harvested from the highly mineralized Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon, USA, using a unique floating harvester, engineered with state-of-the-art screening and refrigeration systems. The algae then undergoes a gentle cool-drying process to not only retain nutrient integrity, but also to concentrate its goodness by up to 20 times. Every batch of the cool-dried algae is tested for purity by an independent laboratory, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture has a representative in the Klamath area that also conducts spontaneous sampling to further ensure all products meet the standards of food hygiene. In addition, the product has been examined here in the UK, and approved as a food.
For thousands of years algae has been eaten as a nutritious food. It is packed full of easily digestible protein, 55-70% compared to beef, chicken and fish, which contain only 25%. It is composed of all eight essential amino acids and semi essential amino acids. Most significantly, the Aphanizomenon flos-aquae amino acid profile is almost the exact equivalent of the requirements needed by the human body. It is a great source of chlorophyll which can help our body’s cell regeneration, blood purification and general detoxification. It contains minerals, trace minerals, fatty acids, nucleic acids, vitamins, enzymes, peptides, lipids and carbohydrates.
Algae-Derived ProteinsAlgae are a diverse group of photosyntehetic organisms that are chiefly aquatic, contain chlorophyll, and generate oxygen—in fact, algae are responsible for nearly half of the photosynthesis that occurs on Earth. Algae are categorized into two forms: macroalgae and microalgae. Macroalgae are seaweeds and are visible to the naked eye and grow in oceans, lakes, rivers, and ponds. Microalgae are single-cell organisms that can only be seen with the aid of a microscope (unless they link together to form algal blooms), and mostly occur in fresh and marine water.
Scientifically called Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA), this species of blue-green algae has received serious media attention: Newsweek magazine reported a few years ago that this wild wholefood from Upper Klamath Lake is one of the fastest growing items in the health food market; it has been described in the British press as the greenfood supplement of choice by various high-profile personalities such as Jennifer Aniston, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.
The surge in popularity of AFA blue green algae bears testimony to the wide spectrum of health benefits that people have experienced when taking the algae. And while vitamin and mineral supplements have become heavily promoted for nearly a half-century, wild greenfoods such as Klamath blue green algae are now becoming important components of leading-edge nutritional regimes.
Both micro- and macroalgae are nutrient dense with varying amounts of vitamins A, C, E, folate, calcium, iodine, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, and a variety of other nutrients. The protein content of macroalgae ranges from 3 to 50% and microalgae’s protein content is even higher, ranging up to 70%. Spirulina and Chlorella are examples of two popular algae supplements.
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