Marine Phytoplankton is definitely a unique superfood! It is the base of the food chain and therefore contains an impressive array of nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids (EPA), protein, chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, pigments, enzymes and trace elements.
Marine Phytoplankton is an important food source for many marine animals and thanks to recent photobioreactor technology now available for humans. Phytoplankton provides fish with beneficial omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA. With this new technology we can skip one step in the food chain and we are no longer strictly dependent on fish or fish oil. This is good news for vegetarians or vegans, but also ensures a product free of contamination.
Of the 40,000+ species of phytoplankton there are only a few fit for human consumption. Years of research by microbiologists and nutritionists has shown that one specific species distinguishes itself on the basis of its nutritional profile : Nannochloropsis Gaditana. This is the kind that is now grown in technologically advanced photo-bioreactors. The bio-reactors consist of a transparent system of closed tubes. Using natural sunlight and photosynthesis, the phytoplankton can grow freely without competition from other algae into the biomass that is eventually harvested and freeze-dried.
Bio Reactor Technology
The bioreactor technology guarantees a very pure and safe product. Nutrients, CO2 and oxygen are continuously added to the reactors, so the algae get everyting they need for a perfect development.
Marine Phytoplankton expensive?
Because of the technology behind the production, phytoplankton is relatively expensive compared to other types of algae. In turn it gives a unique range of health-promoting properties. It is a rare and complete food source and provides the body with almost all the nutrients it needs for i.e. the production of healthy new cells and the production of neurotransmitters. Phytoplankton has an alkaline pH and promotes optimal acidity of the body. This is one of the most critical factors for good health.
Marine Phytoplankton contains:
EPA (healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids) (10-20%)
Canthaxanthin and astaxanthin (important antioxidants)
Phospholipids (which help the absorption of EPA and other omega 3 fatty acids)
Beta-carotene and zeaxanthin
Violaxanthin, antheraxanthin, vaucheriaxanthin (all potent antioxidants)
Complete protein (50%)
Use: 1 to 3 grams or 6 capsules per day.