Top 10 Benefits of Phytoplankton

Ian Clark, Founder of Activation Products on June 7, 2016

Ian Clark


Phytoplankton is a fascinating life form; for one thing, it’s the most fundamental nutrient on the entire planet. Even the largest animal in the world — the blue whale — eats phytoplankton as its main source of energy, and they can live up to 150 years. But what can this superfood do for you?

How many of us resort to caffeine to wake up in the morning? The US government estimates that 80% of American adults caffeinate daily. Why is that? Lack of sleep and overall poor sleep quality are surely factors, but very likely, your body is also missing vital nutrients — fats, vitamins and minerals. Even if you eat your fair share of fruits and veggies, you can still be short on the stuff you need to function at your best.

For one thing, modern, industrially-grown foods are severely lacking in nutrients; even fresh-from-the-ground foods don’t possess as much nutritional value as they did years ago, as a result of over-farming, pesticides and other factors.

Phytoplankton can fill in many of the gaps in your nutritional profile and restore optimal health.


What can Phytoplankton Do for Me?

The benefits of phytoplankton are often apparent from the very first dose, but the long-term advantages of a phytoplankton supplement are wide-ranging.

Marine phytoplankton offers a laundry list of benefits for your health, but here are our top 10:

1. It’s better than an apple for keeping the doctor away:

Marine phytoplankton supports your immune system so that it can protect you from everything from the common cold to serious diseases and conditions. It’s not a cure-all, but it can give your system the boost that it needs to actively fight off illness. Kevin Gianni, writer for Renegade Health, writes that: “Those taking marine phytoplankton had higher measurements of CD3 in their blood—an indicator of T-lymphocytes, which are immune cells responsible for the elimination of viruses and bacteria from organic tissues—than those that didn’t take phytoplankton.

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2. It detoxes your body:

Phytoplankton is loaded with goodness, and we all know that the better the quality of the nutrition we put into our bodies, the better the results. By adding marine phytoplankton to a diet that includes pure water, fresh fruits and veggies, we can support the internal organs which purge toxins from our systems, especially the liver. As an added bonus, marine phytoplankton is microscopic which makes it easy for your body to absorb and use. Wellness Mama writes that: “Phytoplankton can be absorbed on a cellular level, so the body doesn’t have to rely on the digestive system or liver for processing. This not only helps the body obtain necessary nutrients when liver function is impaired, but can help restore liver health without taxing the body’s detoxification pathways.”

3. It supports your heart:

Due to the incredible nutritional profile and high levels of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and amino acids specifically, marine phytoplankton can do wonders for your heart. It can support healthy blood pressure levels and reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. If you want to learn more about omega fatty acids and what they can do for your health, check out our recent post. Marine phytoplankton has more omega-3s than fish or krill oil, and is vegetarian to boot.

4. It’s brain food:

Consuming phytoplankton can improve your mental clarity and focus, improve your mood and calm your nerves. Healthy Eating, a blog dedicated to the benefits of eating raw and natural foods, maintains that it: “aids in improving mental health by keeping at bay diseases such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Phenylalanine in Phytoplankton also boosts mental alertness through the activity of nucleic acids. These acids improve memory. It also contains a compound known as Proline which enhances learning.” Phytoplankton offers hope to those who feel overwhelmed or anxious and to many parents hoping to positive developmental results in their children.  It’s a ‘no-brainer’ for those who have a lot on the go and need to stay sharp.

5. It energizes you:

As I’ve already said, phytoplankton helps to fill in the gaps in your diet, which of course leads to more energy right off the bat. On top of that, phytoplankton has even more to offer in terms of energy boosts, as the writers at Superfoods for Superhealth have noted: “marine microalgae is abundant in compounds referred to as nucleotides, cellular energy units that act as “biological batteries” that recharge the cells. Because its small size particles are readily assimilated upon intake, rather than having to go through the process of digestion, these nucleotides go directly into the cells for a quick energy uplift.”

6. It offers pain relief:

Effective for reducing inflammation and irritations, phytoplankton can reduce or eliminate discomfort from arthritis, joint pain, muscle stiffness and more. This has a lot to do with the omega-3s in the plankton. Omega-3s are proven to be anti-inflammatory and marine phytoplankton has more omega-3s than any other food source.

7. It’s great for your eyes:

Phytoplankton contains beta-carotene, which helps to protect your corneas, and it has been found to be even more effective than lutein for improving vision.

8. It helps control symptoms of hypothyroidism:

Those suffering from hypothyroidism have troubles with sleep, weight loss, aches and pains and many other uncomfortable symptoms. According to the writers at Find Home Remedies, marine phytoplankton can help with that: This is mainly because; the nutrients and electrolytes contained in the phytoplankton help you to control your metabolic rate thereby reducing the effects of thyroid.” Even if hypothyroidism isn’t an issue for you, most of us can benefit from the balancing effects on the metabolism.

9. It promotes blood sugar balance:

Phytoplankton’s high chromium content regulates blood sugar and helps insulin move glucose (sugar) so that it can be burned as energy. It can also assist with weight loss because it helps your body to metabolize carbs, fats and sugar. This is obviously an important benefit for many people, but especially for those with blood sugar issues like diabetes.

10. It eases the symptoms of asthma:

Marine phytoplankton is responsible for producing more than half of the oxygen that sustains life on Earth, making it essential for all human and animal life. That’s not the only way it can benefit your breathing, though. As a supplement, it can support your respiratory health. Preliminary research suggests that it can alleviate asthma symptoms and cleanse the airways.


If you are focused on getting healthy, if you want to improve your quality of life, adding phytoplankton to your diet is the smart way to get started.


At Activation Products, we care about the health of our oceans. The marine phytoplankton in Oceans Alive is grown in a sealed photobioreactor, to keep it pure and free of the contamination that plagues our marine ecosystems. Someday, we hope to see a cleaner ocean, free of pollution and waste. In honor of World Oceans Day tomorrow, we are donating a portion of all Oceans Alive sales this week to the 5 Gyres Institute, a non-profit leading the effort to research aquatic plastic pollution and to find solutions for regaining a plastic-free ocean. Their mission is to empower people to become leaders in combating the global health crisis of plastic pollution.

To learn more about ocean pollution and why it matters for your health, check out our recent post.