Marine Phytoplankton is under the spotlight because a number of online resellers are making claims that many people find impossible to believe - and before you even 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 classified to date, so you should ignore slogans like "Pure Phytoplankton" because they are meaningless and have no scientific validity. To help identify genuine products, Google: DNA VERIFIED NANNOCHLOROPSIS GADITANA
Beware of 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 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 an independent 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 . In any event, our bodies cannot directly make omega-3 fatty acids, we first have to consume them.
 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.
... "Our promise: without any hesitation we chose Nannochloropsis Gaditana, the specific species that was discovered by the European scientists to perfectly match the human nutritional profile"…
Ian Clark, Owner & CEO of Activation Products, Founder of O##### A####
The following statement was published by Activation Products in order to make the world believe their product contains "massive amounts" of a "life extending" substance called SuperOxide Dismutase (SOD) - an enzyme that is present in all human cells: the body makes it naturally.
...O##### A#### contains 700 TIMES MORE SOD THAN ANY LIVING FOOD ON EARTH!!
This is what’s so mind blowing!! Due to this revolutionary, and patent-pending European process in genetic-selection, these boundaries have been made possible with this new breed of Marine-
Phytoplankton — never before experienced by man!! Not only does it pose a revolutionary breakthrough in cellular health and DNA repair, but this new advanced formula contains up to SEVEN HUNDRED TIMES the SOD — of any living food on Earth!!!” - Ian Clark, Activation Products.
If the above claim is a little hard to swallow, then you may find this Doctors opinion more credible...
"Superoxide Dismutase supplements - do they work?
There are vitamin companies selling supplements that they claim to have superoxide dismutase. I am aware of few human studies regarding the ingestion of a superoxide dismutase supplement and its effect on health. Does this enzyme get absorbed intact from the gastrointestinal system? If so, does it then make its way to the cells in the body and function similar to the intrinsic superoxide dismutase within our cells? Are there side effects to its use? Is it safe? There is little research to know whether taking a SOD supplement is useful in the long run. Hopefully some organization will do additional research and we can have a better idea as to whether taking such a supplement is beneficial...
... I have also seen supplements promoted to increase superoxide dismutase levels in the body. Again, I have not come across any human research that these superoxide dismutase enhancing supplements are effective, and if they are, which medical conditions they would be appropriate to prescribe". Dr. Ray Sahelian, M.D.
Ray Sahelian, M.D. is a leading expert on natural health supplements. His website is read by millions of people each year. Dr Ray is internationally respected for his balanced viewpoint, focusing on the benefits of herbs and nutrients, along with their shortcomings and side effects. He is also a best-selling author, natural medicine expert, and supplement product formulator.
The human body manufactures at least three different forms of SuperOxide Dismutase (SOD). Plants also contain this enzyme in order to protect themselves.
Dr. Ray recently published the following statement on SOD in a supplement form...
In the following video interview, Ian Clark makes the claim that his O##### A#### "produces a significant volume of Omega-3 EPA which is the essential fatty acid that's the fuel for your brain".
According to his own independent Lab report (see above), Mr Clarks' O##### A#### contains little if any Omega-3 EPA. This evidence directly contradicts the claim Mr Clark makes on this video about EPA. Such organisations often make Public statements which contain at least some information that is factually correct. However, they cleverly introduce a number of false or exaggerated claims that the average consumer may automatically assume to be true because most of the other information appears to be legitimate - in other words the total sales pitch is a combination of both fact and fiction. In addition to bogus claims, glowing testimonials are often slipped in to the presentation which the consumer has no way of verifying how true or valid they really are... These tactics have been used successfully to extract cash from unwary consumers for centuries - buyer beware!
To see Ian Clark make the following bogus claim: "it produces a significant volume of EPA" you should fast-forward the following video to seventeen minutes and twenty seconds using the slider bar.
"Doubles Your Cognitive Ability in 90 Days"
Unproven health claim made by Activation Products.
The Activation Products official web site promotes a 30ml size of O##### A#### and lists the following ingredients: "A proprietary blend of Phyto/Nano nutrients consisting of Nannochloropsis Gaditana, Nannochloropsis Galasemis and Concentrated Purified Sea Mineral Trace Elements".
After contacting all the leading micro-algae growers around the world, we asked them if they knew of a variety of phytoplankton called 'Nannochloropsis galasemis'. Not one had heard of it, and there is no mention of the galasemis variety in any of the scientific literature. If it does exist, then how safe is it for humans? Is it genetically modified? We simply don't know.