Marine Phytoplankton in Raw Form Delivers Superfood Benefits : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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Marine phytoplankton produce most of the Earth’s oxygen, and may have what humans need for good health.

You may have already heard that marine phytoplankton is the latest superfood to hit the health market. What you may not know is exactly what marine phytoplankton can do for your health. Studies are still in their infancy, but we’re finding indications that this food may be linked with many of the body’s natural health-promoting activities. Consuming the raw form may impact your immune system, energy levels, and overall feelings of well being.

What is Marine Phytoplankton?
Marine phytoplankton are single-celled organisms, or “micro-algae,” that have lived on this planet much longer than humans—literally for billions of years. We can think of them as the basis of all other life forms on the planet, as they’re responsible for making up to 90 percent of the Earth’s oxygen, while absorbing most of the carbon dioxide.

Also called the “grasses of the sea,” marine phytoplankton are found in the surface upper zone of the planet’s oceans and bodies of fresh water, and are the foundation of the marine food chain. These are the same organisms on which the whales feed, though they also eat a lot of krill, which in turn, eat phytoplankton. Until recently, humans could gain the nutritional benefits of these organisms only by eating animals higher up on the food chain, but recent research has isolated concentrated forms more easily digestible, opening up new possibilities in human health.

Early Studies Show Health Benefits
Many researchers are looking into the health benefits of phytoplankton, with the idea that eating food closer to the bottom of the food chain provides the body with purer energy and nutrients. Clinical trials are underway at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Preliminary results from a pilot study contracted with the Department of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Utah showed that those taking concentrated marine phytoplankton experienced health benefits. Participants were followed for three months and clinically tested three times, while also undergoing evaluation with psychospiritual assessment tools. Results showed:

  • Immune Booster: 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.
  • Energy Enhancer: Those taking marine phytoplankton had a significant increase in scores on the emotional subscale of the SF36, which is a survey that determines health and well-being. Participants reported they felt full of life, enjoyed more energy, and experienced a greater sense of peacefulness.
  • Mood Booster: Those taking marine phytoplankton showed a significant increase in scores on the Authentic Happiness Inventory, a test designed by Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of Penn State University Positive Psychology Center. Participants reported feeling more successful and in a good mood, enjoying an increased ability to focus, and experiencing more feelings of joy, enthusiasm, and optimism.

Full of Nutrients and Fatty Acids
Studies on marine phytoplankton are still in their infancy, but there’s a reason researchers are excited. First, marine phytoplankton are a rich source of essential fatty acids (EPA and DHA), and also contain minerals like selenium, zinc, magnesium, chromium, strontium, and iodine; enzymes; essential amino acids; vitamin A and several forms of vitamin B; chlorophyll; carotenoids; and other trace elements all important to human health—say nothing of a number of phytonutrients. Dr. Jerry Tenant, M.D., from the Tennant Institute of Integrative Medicine, has stated that the micronutrients and electrolytes in marine phytoplankton are exactly what human cell membranes need to carry out their metabolism.

In addition, plankton have an alkaline pH, which helps to offset the acidity of Western diets that are high in refined sugars and farmed large animals. Micro-algae contain high levels of antioxidants that may help protect against aging and oxidation, as well as anti-inflammatory nutrients that help aid metabolism and detoxification.

Types of Marine Phytoplankton
Science has shown us that we get much higher benefits from foods themselves than from supplements, and from raw fruits and vegetables rather than processed. If you’re looking for a marine phytoplankton product, search out the purest, least-processed form, then check it out and see if you don’t feel a difference. We’re sure to see more studies on this superfood in the future. In the meantime, all logic points to the idea that this most basic of life forms may be just what our bodies need.

Have you tried marine phytoplankton? Please share your experience.

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Thomas says:

    I consume astaxanthin daily. It comes from micro-algae grown in Hawaii.

  2. Debbie says:

    So, where is the cheapest best quality stuff we can get?

  3. Debra says:

    Is this the same as E3 Live?

  4. Cheryl says:

    I have used Forevergreen’s Marine Phytoplankton product called Frequensea for 7 years now. It is from a sea farm off of the West Coast of Canada. It is very pure no preservatives, no toxins etc. I have seen many great results, mental clarity, energy, inflammation, cancer etc.

    Thanks for spreading the word for us Kevin.

  5. sheri says:

    No, but we do take a combination sea veggie formula.
    Have you ever heard of the moringa tree? It’s leaves are extremely nutritious, used as a powder to help many have more photo-nutrients also high in protein,etc.. the more I learn the more I am amazed. I have been using it this past week, and you really can notice the good effects right away. It is also used to help nursing mothers have more nutrients and milk.Also to help many who have malnutrition all over the world.
    Just wanted to pass this on, 🙂

  6. chusmacha says:

    I take it with my smoothie daily. I put in about six kinds of super food powder, at least one kind of fruit and juice and/or almond or hemp milk. It’s nurturing that’s crucial for optimum health. I’ve gotten into smoothies lately and would like to know lots of smoothie recipes. I drink about half the smoothie in the morning and the other half in the evening as desert. Please share your favorite smoothie recipe. Thanks

  7. i love my bestever marine phytoplancton from david wolfe. im unsure … is this the best phyotplanctoon out there?

    so much markeing mae it hard to check the real deal!

    less marketing more honest opinions please!
    in this whole health market!

    its a realy great food marine phytoplancton. tooth ache went away , foogynes in the brain.. mind clear again and strenght… good stuuf.. i ha e the liquid stuff, now there is also the powder in the longevitywarehouse.

    how to grow your own marine phytoplanctoon? this is a question david wolfe mentioned in his hamburg talk. Stilll how its not realy clear?!

  8. Michael says:

    I use organic spirulina powder by naturya. They have some really good produce. So far gives the best deal.

  9. Karen says:

    I have been using it for a good number of years – just add it to my supplement drink in the morning.

  10. Sophia says:

    I tried Oceans Alive for some time but then I was informed that it can cause heart problems as well as high blood pressure and other dangerous issues due to the high inorganic salt/mineral solution they store their plankton in. But of course there are other brands on the market but not that much promoted as Oceans Alive. Worth looking into I guess. So for now I have a number of bottles on the shelf that I do not dare to take for the moment. Anyone else heard about this?

  11. Carol Browning says:

    I’d like more info on the Forevergreen Phytoplankton off the west coast of Canada. Where is it available, and cost? Sounds promising!

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