Q: What is Marine Phytoplankton?
A: Marine Phytoplankton is a single-celled aquatic organism found in the Ocean. There are more than forty thousand different strains and species, not all of which are suitable for human consumption. Do not confuse
Marine Phytoplankton with Zoo Plankton which are tiny sea creatures that feed off Marine Phytoplankton.
Q: There is a movie on the internet about a shell-fish farmer from Canada, and he reckons that eating
Marine Phytoplankton enabled him to recover from terminal Cancer, is that possible?
A: Mr H. was a farmer who claimed to have 'discovered' a new food for humans called Marine Phytoplankton.
He was growing Phytoplankton to feed his shell-fish, and decided to eat it in a last desperate attempt to
treat his terminal illness. The farmer believed that eating just half a teaspoon of raw unprocessed Marine Phytoplankton paste (comprising 85% sea-water) each day was responsible for his remarkable recovery.
Q: Can anyone buy exactly the same Phytoplankton that Mr H. grows at his shell-fish farm?
A: No, according to their web site, the farm only makes available commercially an extract of their Marine
Phytoplankton which is very different to the original. This extract is then Flash Dried at a mind boggling
150 degrees Centigrade on to a base of maltodextrin - this process is guaranteed to destroy many of the fragile nutrients contained in the original living Phytoplankton! Food Scientists agree that humans normally obtain
a superior balance of nutrients by consuming a whole raw unprocessed food rather than a food extract. It's just common sense when you think about it - would you get the same health benefits from drinking pasteurised
(heat treated ) apple juice compared to eating a whole fresh apple?... not very likely.
Q: The Marine Phytoplankton extract produced by Mr H. is being sold by another company, which they
describe as a 'whole food tonic' and being in liquid form is more bioavailable, is that possible?
A: OK - what is the true definition of a whole food? - most people would agree that a whole food is the complete and edible portion of a fruit, vegetable, nut, seed, grain etc. For example, a carrot is a whole food because all
of the carrot is edible. If you then squeeze out the juice and throw away the pulp, you no longer have a
'whole food' - all you have now is just carrot juice. Any manufacturer that describes a juice drink as being a whole
food tonic is distorting the truth in order to make their product appear more attractive - in other words, it's just "BULLS***". The sea farm that produces the Phyoplankton for this particular juice drink state on their web site they use an extraction process - but no further details are provided as to how this process might alter the nutritional value of the original raw Phytoplankton. In theory, liquid nutrition out of a bottle may be absorbed into the body more rapidly than some solid foods, but there is a price to pay. For health and safety reasons liquid supplements are usually Pasteurised (as with this particular formulation). Heat treatment will always have a negative impact on the quality of the finished product, and any health benefits will be diminished accordingly.
Q: Does Pasteurisation guarantee that a liquid health supplement is safe for human consumption?
A: No. You should ask the manufacturer to provide written evidence that no harmful bacteria such
as Salmonella, E-Coli or excess levels of heavy metals like arsenic or lead are present in the product. This type of evidence is normally provided in the form of a Certificate of Food Safety that can only be issued by an
independent authorised Laboratory accredited to human health standards.
Q: Is there any guarantee that what is stated on the label is actually contained in the bottle?
A: The label on a bottle does not always list a full and detailed description of the contents. However, a
Certificate of Analysis from an Independent Lab is a reliable way of knowing what you are buying. If you
are taking certain kinds of medication or you have particular dietary needs, your Doctor will want to know
if any ingredients in the product exceed safe levels for your particular condition. A detailed analysis of the
formulation is the only way to verify exactly what is contained in the product - your life may depend on it!
Q: Why do liquid health supplements contain added water?
A: Not all do! For example, sea buckthorn puree is a lquid supplement made from whole berries - including the seeds - and does not need ANY added water; the fruit contains its own supply of water... think about it. Adding water costs the manufacturer virtually nothing, but it gives the illusion there is more 'product' in the bottle than there really is. Purified water is often the main ingredient in liquid supplements and of course it has no nutritional value. Having said that, any liquid supplement must contain an element of water, but it is very tempting for a manufacturer to be 'over generous' with worthless water, and less generous with the active nutritional ingredients that will benefit your health. By claiming that a liquid supplement is more 'bioavailable' than pills and capsules conveniently distracts the attention of the consumer away from the more important issue of value for money! Conduct this simple test; pour one serving - typically one or two ounces - of any liquid health supplement into a dish and allow the water content to evaporate, then measure how much actual solid food remains. You may be surprised at the result - if you can see it! Imagine if there were just half the amount of water in the formulation, you might be left with a very small bottle. The questions to ask the manufacturer are; "how much water has been added, and why am I paying for it?" Notable exceptions are liquid mineral suplements. The actual minerals are extremely small in size and cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Q: I have seen liquid marine phytoplankton contained in a dropper bottle advertised as being the world's only "living" phytoplankton supplement. Is that true?
A: The product "O***** Alive" is advertised as being "living" and "alive". These descriptions are completely false and highly mis-leading. When you remove any living plant or organism from its growing environment, it stops growing and therefore is no longer "living" or "alive". Think about it... if indeed the phytoplankton was still alive in the bottle, then it would eventually break out of the bottle as it continued to grow; to date, no one has yet reported such a miracle! This description contravenes the Trades Description Act, pure and simple! "O****** Alive" is simply a scam designed to make massive profits from a bottle of supposedly 'purified' ocean water that contains only a very small amount of marine phytoplankton. Now ask yourself why there is only one manufacturer in the world that sells nannochloropsis gaditana in a liquid formulation. No ethical manufacturer would even consider selling to the Public a RAW plant sourced food in a water base formulation. Many customers who have purchased "O***** Alive" report that the taste is disgusting and the supplement appears to be unfit for human consumption. What they are experiencing is the oxidation of a once living plant that's been pickled in brine. You see water contains OXYGEN which will oxidise and spoil any organic plant matter in just a few days! Why purchase a liquid supplement anyway when you can add your own water or juice to freeze-dried, enzyme active raw powder? Virtually all chlorella and spirulina supplements are sold in a dry powder or tablet form - not in a liquid form unless the product has been heat treated for food safety reasons. It really is a no-brainer!
Q: Should I be concerned about fillers and other additives?
A: Always ask the manufacturer to guarantee in writing that no fillers, excipients, colourings, dyes or artificial
preservatives are included. And something else to look out for - are they mixing 'cheap extras' in with their
Marine Phytoplankton like Glycerine, Maltodextrin or Kelp simply to make more profit?
These are some of the issues to consider when choosing health supplements containing Marine Phytoplankton,
a remarkable organic food that has evolved naturally over a three billion year period. To find out more about Nannochloropsis Gaditana, visit: www.primalfoodstore.com
IMPORTANT: Always consult first with your Doctor or usual medical advisor before changing your diet, particularly if you are pregnant, breast feeding or taking medication or undergoing medical treatment.
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