Aphanizomenon flos-aquae
What is Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae?

Aphanizomenon flos-aquae is blue-green algae found on high-desert Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon. Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) is commonly used in nutritional supplements due to its high value of essential fatty acids, active enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, proteins, complex carbohydrates, and phytochemicals and commercially as a nutritional supplement. Blue-green algae are natural food consisting of phytochemicals, antioxidants, minerals, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, and other nutrients. AFA algae are one of the highest in antioxidant compounds, including carotenoids (beta carotene, lycopene, and lutein), chlorophyll, and phycocyanin, hence their superfood status. AFA algae are an excellent supplement to the daily diet. They increase the intake of nutrients through regular food diets.

Benefits of Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae
  1. Promotes a healthy immune response
    AFA’s blue pigment consists of a high amount of phycocyanin that promotes a healthy immune response through stimulating the bone marrow to produce more stem cells. Stem cells are the basic form of all cells being transformable into cells, including T-cells, macrophages, etc. AFA contains unique polysaccharides, nutrients that support a healthy immune system. Beside that, it contains Phenylethylamine (PEA), nutrients that may help enhance immunity.

  2. Provides antioxidant protection against free radicals
    AFA is a high antioxidant compound. The consumption of AFA helps to relieve oxidative stress by releasing free radicals. Another study shows AFA able to prevent the oxidative damage of human erythrocytes and plasma. Furthermore, AFA can help to slow down the depletion of enzymes being beneficial to the body. The algae harvested in the Klamath Lake show to have significant antioxidant activity and to be an effective adaptogen - a substance to help the body adapt and protect itself against stressors - according to another study in Japan.

  3. Provide detoxification of the body
    AFA algae have a highly detoxifying effect by enabling the body to discharge the accumulated toxins. Besides that, it also provides benefits on the brain, supporting the reduction of depression and stress. AFA consists of chlorophyll helps to assist in producing both leukocytes and erythrocytes, fighting leukemia, and certain forms of skin and liver cancer. Research has shown that chlorophyll can help discharge the body of heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury, pesticides, and industrial pollutants accumulating in various body locations. The green pigment is a specific function in the detoxification of the body - it binds the toxins and free radicals thus neutralizing them. AFA improves greatly immunity, increases physical energy and stamina when exercising.