What’s the Big Deal About Blue-Green Algae? (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, that is…)

I promise to keep this short. And will try to be not-boring.

The down and dirty version of why the superfood blue-green algae Aphanizomenon flos-aquae is good for you and your animals, in 25 words or less, is (and I promise not to use that Latin term again):

This is what blue-green algae looks like in the water.

This is what blue-green algae looks like in the water.

1. Blue-green algae is a raw, micro-nutrient-rich superfood.

2. Your body LOVES real food, as opposed to supplements, and utilizes it 10 times better.

There. That’s 25 words.

The part about “10

And this is what it looks like dried. I know ... BORing!

And this is what it looks like dried. I know ... BORing!

times better” is mine and mine alone, but is based on statistical and scientific evidence that the body absorbs, at most, only 12% of any man-made supplement, no matter how whole or natural its ingredients or how carefully it is made. Man-made supplements are not superfood. Period.

The reason? Your body simply does not recognize the latter because it is not programmed to. I’m not saying supplements are worthless. Quite the contrary — they’re very valuable and most of us, myself included, take them. But the bottom line is a Vitamin C tablet will never be a substitute for an orange. Period. Your body knows that and gets rid of all the “odd” substances in the tablet, utilizing only that which it recognizes — about 12% max. The orange on the other hand, or blue-green algae?  “Yum!” says your body, “This is more like it!” and slurps it all up.

But let’s get a little more detailed.

Anything you eat, plant or animal, is only as nutritious as what IT ate. That

Upper Klamath Lake

Upper Klamath Lake

means that plants grown in depleted soil — even if  “organic” — simply are not providing you with proper or complete nutritional value. Plain and simple, they cannot be a superfood even if they were meant to be. So one reason blue-green algae is such a powerful nutrient is that almost 100% of it is harvested from Upper Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon, where it thrives on nutrient-rich volcanic sediment that is 35 feet deep.

Another feature of blue-green algae that makes it so impacting is the fact that it is a single-cell food, with a non-cellulose cell wall, so is highly assimilable — this type of food is called a micronutrient. It has been proven, in fact, that our bodies are able to assimilate up to 98% of blue-green algae. Compare that to the 12% in man-made supplements and you begin to get the picture.

The Bottom Line:

Blue-green algae is an organic, all natural, single-cell, naturally occurring, micronutrient, whole superfood that contains:

  • vitamins
  • trace minerals
  • amino acids
  • active enzymes
  • protein
  • chlorophyll
  • beta carotene
  • essential fatty acids
  • phytonutrients

A pretty complete nutritional profile, wouldn’t you say?

If you have an abundant, organic garden in your backyard, with super-enriched, alive soil, then you are a lucky dog and may be getting most of the nutrients you need from your food. You are growing superfood! But if not, consider adding a little of the micronutrient, blue-green algae, to your diet every day, and to your animals’ too. You can rest easy knowing it will fill in those nutritional gaps not provided by your grocery or pet food store.

So THAT’s the big deal about blue-green algae!


You can read more about blue-green algae and order some HERE.

And read about my first personal experience with the algae here:

My Algae Story: How Blue-Green Algae Helped Heal My Allergies

And for feeding blue-green algae to your animals, check out these FAQs. Or email me and I’ll be happy to help you figure out a blue-green algae diet plan for your furry friends.

9 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Louis said,

    A good day to you.

    I would kindly like to ask; how would you recognize blue green algae from any other algae?

    In which circumstances or environment does blue green algae need to grow in?

    I’ve read that blue green algae are found all over the world and I’ve read that there are toxins in blue green algae. I would lastly like to know; what can be done so that the blue green algae is eatable?

    Thank you in advance.

    Sincere kind regards.

    Louis Le Roux

    • 2

      Hello Louis,
      Thank you for your comments and questions. I am not a scientist so cannot answer them adequately myself, but if you will go to the website http://www.simplexityhealth.com, to the ‘science’ tab at the top of the home page, I think you will find scientific papers that answer all your questions. As for your last question, “What can be done so that the blue green algae is eatable,” my answer would definitely be to know your source, and that the source does quality harvesting and manufacturing of its blue green algae product(s). That is why I am confident eating Simplexity Health’s algae — their processes are pristine and quality controlled, and every batch of algae harvested is tested for purity in a laboratory. You can read about this too at their site. I wish you well and thank you again for your comments. Leta

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