Marine Phytoplankton: The Truth

The following analysis for O##### A#### version 2 was obtained in February 2015 from Activation Products (owned by Ian Clark) and confirmed as being a true copy of the original analysis conducted by LABS-MART. Marine Phytoplankton - specifically Nannochloropsis gaditana - is recognised as being the richest source of broad-spectrum Omega-3 fatty acids (lipids) when compared to any other marine or fresh water micro-algae. The report from LABS-MART does not identify the specific strain of marine phytoplankton in their product, therefore the true source of O##### A#### is unknown. However, Ian Clark has claimed many times on camera that O##### A#### contains Nannochloropsis gaditana.

 

The world's leading producer of DNA verified Nanochloropsis gaditana has published independent evidence confirming that genuine Nannochloropsis gaditana typically contains an Omega-3 EPA, DHA, DPA, SDA and ALA fatty acid complex of around 8% of the whole micro-algae, plus a significant amount of the rare Omega-7. The following analysis confirms that O##### A####-2 contains only 0.27% Omega-3 fatty acids, just a tiny fraction of the quantity normally found in Nannochloropsis gaditana. LABS-MART did not list the names of the individual *long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids, therefore Omega-3 EPA, DHA, DPA & SDA may not even be present. It might be assumed therefore, that O##### A#### version 2 contains little - if any - Nannochloropsis gaditana. If that is true, then what exactly is in the bottle one might ask?

 

Ian Clark has ignored requests to comment on the conflicting statements made on his web site praising the benefits of Nannochloropsis gaditana:

http://www.activationproducts.com/marine-phytoplankton-supplement/nannochloropsis-gaditana/

and the independent lab analysis published by Activation Products that clearly contradict each other. In conclusion, O##### A#### does not resemble the industry accepted, typical nutritional profile of Nannochloropsis gaditana. According to recent media reports, Ian Clark is under investigation for deceptive marketing practices.

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Ian Clark, Activation Products

Marine Phytoplankton is under the spotlight because a number of online resellers are making claims that many people find impossible to believe. However, before you consider any potential health benefits, it may be a good idea to verify exactly what is in the bottle! There are in fact more than 40,000 different strains and varieties of phytoplankton that marine scientists have classsified to date. The description "Pure Phytoplankton" is meaningless and has no scientific validity. What is at issue however, is the claim made by Activation Products (see the link below to their web site) that O##### A#### contains a specific strain of marine phytoplankton called Nannochloropsis gaditana. It is well known that authentic Nannochloropsis gaditana in a whole food form contains between 7% and 8% Omega-3 fatty acids. This is the highest percentage of broad-spectrum Omega-3's (Omega-3 EPA, DHA, DPA, SDA & ALA) found in any single vegetarian food source. Flax seed for example does not contain Omega-3 EPA, DHA, DPA or SDA and therefore cannot be described as 'broad-spectrum'. It appears that O##### A#### 'Pure Phytoplankton' contains only a fraction of the 7-8 % Omega-3 that would normally be found in Nannochloropsis gaditana. According to the Lab report (see printout below), O##### A#### contains a total of just 0.27% Omega-3 which is less than 4% of that found in authentic Nannochloropsis gaditana.

* Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain and body health. They are a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids sometimes referred to as n-3 fatty acids, a term that describes their shared chemical structure.  The omega-3 fatty acids vary in length from the shorter alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) to the long-chain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Our bodies are not very good at converting short-chain to long-chain omega-3 fatty acids so eating ALA may not necessarily lead to optimal levels of EPA and DHA [1]. In any event, our bodies cannot directly make omega-3 fatty acids, we first have to consume them.

 

[1] Burdge, G.C. and P.C. Calder, Conversion of alpha-linolenic acid to longer-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in human adults. Reprod.Nutr.Dev., 2005. 45(5): p. 581-597.

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