Phytoplankton Facts

What do you think of when you hear the words marine phytoplankton?

If you think, “healthy green superfood”, you’ve probably already added this ‘tasty’ green supplement to your daily routine. (We’re kidding… it tastes awful, but it is super effective).

Marine phytoplankton is a robust superfood and it’s the foundation of Oceans Alive.

It contains a ton of amino acids, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that support the body, all the way down to the cellular level. It has a ton of health benefits, which you can read about here.

Today we’re going to explore some lesser-known, yet truly amazing facts about phytoplankton. Like, did you know that it might be fueling your car, not just your body, one day soon?

Check this out!

Phytoplankton Facts

Biofuel research

In recent years there has been a flurry of research into the potential of using different microalgae species, including phytoplankton, for biofuel.

The environmental impacts of fossil fuels can no longer be denied and we need cleaner fuels that are renewable. The Environmental and Energy Institute states that: “marine microalgae have the potential to provide us with two other things that we desperately need: a mechanism for carbon sequestration, and a source of sustainable energy.”  

Atmospheric cleansing

Phytoplankton use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water into energy at an incredible rate. This helps to regulate CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

According toEarth Observatory, “phytoplankton are responsible for most of the transfer of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to the ocean.” Given the role that excess CO2 production has on climate change, phytoplankton are an important part of keeping the temperature of the planet under control.

Plus, NASA reports that as much as 90% of the Earth’s oxygen is produced by phytoplankton!

High S.O.D content

Simply put, S.O.D., aka superoxide dismutase, is a primary antioxidant (primary means your body produces it) that affects your lifespan. Marine Phytoplankton is the most potent source of S.O.D. that the human body can absorb.

Getting S.O.D. from outside sources can have a major impact on your health because your body starts producing less and less of it as you age.

If you want to gain a better understanding of S.O.D, check out our detailed blog post all about this amazing antioxidant.


Vital marine food source

Marine phytoplankton makes up a quarter of all vegetation on earth. According to The Guardian: “NASA has even called marine phytoplankton the most important plant in the world.”

Phytoplankton are primary producers, meaning they produce the food for the upper organisms in the food web. They also reproduce very quickly, making them an abundant food source. Virtually every creature in the ocean subsists off of phytoplankton, whether directly or indirectly.

According to Underground Health Reporter: “Marine phytoplankton is a single-celled aquatic organism, or microscopic algae upon which the survival of 99% of all life forms on Earth depends.”


Energy booster

Many people find that a marine phytoplankton supplements give them an energy boost that keeps them going physically and also keeps their head clear.

Superfoods for Superhealth writes that due phytoplankton’s small size, it is “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.“

Rich source of EPA & DHA

Marine phytoplankton is a rich source of both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA are both essential omega–3 fatty acids derived from alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

They are “essential” because the body doesn’t produce them on its own, so we need to get them from the foods we eat, such as a marine phytoplankton supplement.

Marine phytoplankton has more omega–3 by weight than fish or krill oil.


Balances blood sugar

Phytoplankton’s chromium content can aid blood sugar regulation and helps insulin move glucose so it can be burned as energy. This is especially important for people who suffer from diabetes or who are pre-diabetic.

Tiny, tiny, tiny

One of the best-known strains of marine phytoplankton, Nannochloropsis Gaditana is very tiny in size. Underground Health Reporter states that in fact, Nannochloropsis Gaditana is “9 times smaller than a red blood cell”.

This is what makes it so easily absorbed by the body, providing the body with the nutrition it needs.

Our Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton is comprised of two premium strains of marine phytoplankton: Nannochloropsis Gaditana and Tetraselmis.

With these two potent and bioavailable strains of marine phytoplankton plus the powerful sea mineral solution, Oceans Alive is the nutritional supplement you need!

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