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PHYTOPLANKTON
Earth’s most important plant.

so what is marine phytoplankton?

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Derived from the Greek words phyto (plant) and plankton (made to wander
or drift).

Marine Phytoplankton are the microscopic organisms or microalgae found on the surface of all oceanic bodies on the planet. They make-up one-fourth of all vegetative plant life and produce more than 60% of the earth’s oxygen supply. Floating in large blooms close to the oceans surface layer, many are chlorophyll celled algae requiring sunlight for the process of photosynthesis.

In existence since time immemorial, phytoplankton is the foundation of the oceanic food chain. Producing an MSM identical by-product, they play a significant role in the atmospheric “sulfur cycle” that continues to feed the soil and sustain all other plant life. In addition, marine phytoplankton is consumed by hundreds of different species of krill, which, in turn, feed many other aquatic fish populations. They are a primary food source for one of the world’s largest and longest living mammals and ocean-dwelling creatures, the great blue whale.

“Karen” marine phytoplankton is generally the term used to describe the class of edible single-celled phytoplankton appropriate for human consumption. Over the last several decades’ European scientists and microbiologists have narrowed down certain species of phytoplankton that are the most ideal for human dietary uptake.  These particular species have been called Karen.

As a highly nutritious micronutrient-rich substance, consuming phytoplankton is an excellent way to provide an immediate influx of fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, superoxide dismutase, and many carotenoid antioxidants in an easily absorbed and assimilated liquid.

Because of phytoplankton’s particular ability to rapidly reproduce and accumulate high levels of Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids and most all nutrients required for human health, it has been viewed as the “future of medicine” by many health experts, offering a preventative approach to sickness and disease.

As unsustainable commercial farming practices and soil degradation are depleting much of the world’s foods of vital phytonutrients, it is necessary to make up for potential dietary deficiencies the best we can with super dense vitamin-mineral abundant supplements. Quality marine phytoplankton helps to simultaneously supply virtually all needed vitamins, minerals, phospholipids and other desirable cofactors in one condensed serving.

 

Nannochloropsis gaditana
(Gaditae®) nutritional breakdown

Phytoplankton additionally offers a broad spectrum of nano-nutrients that are especially valuable for the brain and nervous system, used to treat conditions like insomnia, depression and cognitive decline. Containing high amounts of the essential fatty acids, phytoplankton is the food that krill, cod and other fish graze on to create DHA-rich oils. The microalgae are also comprised of a range of pigments like astaxanthin, zeaxanthin and canthaxanthin, extremely beneficial antioxidants and excellent nutrients for healthy eyes.

Eating a highly nutritious diet can be a useful for those with a compromised immune system, specifically rehabilitating to extremely weak or sick individuals. Marine phytoplankton are not only made up of energizing nutrients but also nucleotides, like ATP, which play a central role in metabolism and directly increase cellular energy levels.

Marine microalgae are one of the best vegan sources of EPA 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 who graze on it.

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) is a very important nutrient for controlling and reducing inflammation in the body because it is an important precursor to eicosanoids, molecules that regulate the inflammatory response.

Nutritional Values of Gaditae Phytoplankton vs. Other SuperFoods (per 100 g)

ORAC TE (umol)*

  • Karen® (Gaditae®) Phytoplankton
  • Spirulina
  • Prunes
  • Blueberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale

*ORAC is a measure of total antioxidant activity

 

 

EPA (grams)**

  • Karen® (Gaditae®) Phytoplankton
  • Spirulina
  • Prunes
  • Blueberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale

**EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) is the active form of essential omega 3 fatty acids

 

 

Mg (Mg) Magnesium***

  • Karen® (Gaditae®) Phytoplankton
  • Spirulina
  • Prunes
  • Blueberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale

***Mg (Magnesium) essential mineral

Vitamin B12 (ug)****

  • Karen® (Gaditae®) Phytoplankton
  • Spirulina
  • Prunes
  • Blueberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale

****Microgram levels of active essential vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)

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