The Dangers of Marine Phytoplankton Supplements
There are rumors out there on the Internet and beyond that marine phytoplankton supplements are useless or even worse, dangerous. That they can be harmful to your health.
Well, we’re not going to lie, some of the rumors are true.
There are marine phytoplankton products on the market that simply aren’t that effective. Then there are others that can harm you more than they help.
Oceans Alive is a brand you can trust, and we’re going to explain why.
Marine phytoplankton comes from the polluted ocean
The ocean is overwhelmed with pollutants. Many forms of pollution have laid waste to the original home of marine phytoplankton. Garbage, oil, chemicals, factory runoff, acid rain… the terrifying list of contaminants could fill a book.
In this reality, marine phytoplankton that grows in the ocean can’t be trusted, as it is grown in a toxic environment. You can learn more about ocean pollution here.
There are supplements on the market that source their marine phytoplankton directly from the ocean. Taking those supplements could be detrimental to your well-being, completely negating any benefit that you would get from the nutrition within the phytoplankton.
The danger isn’t only in the ocean…
Knowing that the ocean is not a good place to grow phytoplankton for people to eat, some companies build phytoplankton farms. These have the added advantages of being easier to control and cheaper.
These companies grow phytoplankton in ponds or small lakes. Sometimes these are naturally occurring but often they’re man-made. Doing things this way has the added advantage of allowing the farmers to choose which phytoplankton strains they grow since different strains have different properties and are good for different things.
Unfortunately, open ponds, despite being fenced off, are still open to all kinds of pollutants. Whether we’re talking about airborne pesticides, acid rain, rubber dust, factory runoff, or animal waste, pollution will find its way into a vulnerable system like this.
Open pond growing environments should really only be used to produce phytoplankton for biofuel purposes.
There are DIY YouTube videos and tutorials online encouraging people to grow their own marine phytoplankton at home, but this is actually a terrible idea!
Certified labs spend a lot of money and have knowledgeable experts on staff ensuring that phytoplankton is grown properly and tested for purity and potency regularly. This is expensive technology and expertise, not something you could easily manage from home.
To discover more about how (and how not) to grow phytoplankton, click here.
What about claims that the phytoplankton is alive?
This is a common claim and it has created a lot of confusion.
Powdered phytoplankton is no longer alive. The process used to dry out the phytoplankton kills the organisms and can reduce nutritional value as well. That’s not to say that there is no value in powdered phytoplankton, but you need to do your research to find a truly high-quality product.
Usually, liquid forms of phytoplankton are preferable. These come in small dropper bottles, like Oceans Alive.
Many people wonder if marine phytoplankton can survive in a bottle without exposure to air or sunlight. It can, but the conditions have to be perfect.
Dark glass bottles are required to protect the liquid from sunlight. Inside, the phytoplankton is suspended in a specially formulated sea mineral solution that keeps it alive. This ensures maximum freshness and maximum nutritional value.
It’s also important to remember that phytoplankton aren’t animals and they aren’t plants like the ones you grow in your garden, either. They are plant-like but they are single-celled, which means that they do not have roots (or leaves, flowers or stems).
No phytoplankton supplements on the market are truly “living” when you buy them… for this to be true, they would have to be actively growing and multiplying. What is true of Oceans Alive, unlike other brands, is that the phytoplankton in our bottles is fresh and raw. None of the nutrients are affected by dehydrating or other processing.
Mike Adams of Natural News, also known as the Health Ranger, has done his research on marine phytoplankton and in his thorough review he made the following observation:
“Raw products always have more nutritional potency than cooked or dried products because heat quickly destroys delicate phytochemicals. So raw spirulina is better than dried spirulina. Raw chlorella is better than dried chlorella. And raw marine phytoplankton is better than dried or pasteurized marine phytoplankton. Based on the research I’ve done, Oceans Alive is the only source currently offering raw, unprocessed, liquid marine phytoplankton that’s truly nutrient dense. That’s one of the reasons why it has earned my enthusiastic recommendation.”
Why Oceans Alive is a safe and effective choice…
Have you ever heard of a photobioreactor?
Oceans Alive is a unique product for a number of reasons. For one, the marine phytoplankton that we use is grown in a photobioreactor.
This means that the phytoplankton is grown in a sort of ‘mini-ocean’ that’s protected from pollutants and toxins. It’s a series of large glass tubes that allow purified ocean water containing carefully selected phytoplankton to flow through them, exposing the phytoplankton to natural sunlight for photosynthesis.
Using a photobioreactor allows for natural growth without contamination.
We grow and harvest specific strains of marine phytoplankton…
This is not a random selection. Oceans Alive is comprised of two unique strains of marine phytoplankton that have been specifically identified as being ideal for human health.
The first is called Nannochloropsis Gaditana. It matches the human nutritional profile, delivering exactly the nutrients you need to create healthy new cells and neurochemicals.
The second strain is called the Gala strain. It was chosen for its high SOD (superoxide dismutase) content. SOD is a powerful antioxidant that combats oxidative stress and may contribute to increased longevity.
The Health Avenger sings the praises of Oceans Alive: “Although it can be argued that there are similar products in the market that claim to deliver all of the above benefits, what makes Oceans Alive stand out is the process used to culture and prepare the marine phytoplankton for human consumption. If you do a bit of reading on marine phytoplankton, you’ll come across various products that claim to have pure marine phytoplankton as the main ingredient. However, what most don’t realize is that not all of these contain the specific strain of plankton that delivers the most balanced and complete level of nutrition to the human body, unlike Oceans Alive.”
It’s not just about the specific phytoplankton strains we use, though. Our phytoplankton has gone through more than 700 cycles of genetic selection. That means that each batch is tested and then the most potent, nutrient dense phytoplankton from it are used to start the next batch.
It’s like a gardener using the seeds from their healthiest, most delicious and nutritious vegetables to grow their next year’s garden. It ensures that potency and nutrient density are constantly improving.
Wellness Mama goes into detail: “If you had an organic, non-GMO heirloom garden of the top strains of each fruit and vegetable, and each year you were able to hire scientists to test and identify the top producing seeds from your crops so that only those seeds were planted the next year, you would be able to continually improve your garden year after year. In a couple of decades, you would have an amazing crop of organic, non-GMO and heirloom plants that were optimized for the best growth, flavor, nutrients and hardiness.
With phytoplankton, a “growing season” is only 24 hours because it reproduces so quickly, so scientists can quickly optimize for the best strains of phytoplankton, making good brands thousands of times more potent.”
Then we stabilize the marine phytoplankton in a sea mineral solution…
Right after it’s harvested, our marine phytoplankton is put into a sea mineral solution, which stabilizes it in a fresh, raw state.
The sea mineral solution also comes with its own list of health benefits, such as delivering more oxygen to your cells, promoting healthy blood pH balance and nerve impulse regulation.
Phytoplankton without fear
You won’t find any contaminants in Oceans Alive, so you can enjoy all of the benefits of marine phytoplankton without any of the danger.
Get more energy and improve your health! Oceans Alive is the clear marine phytoplankton choice. This week only we are donating a portion of all Oceans Alive sales to 5 Gyres in support of the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup.
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