Wild Blue-Green Algae Overview
Wild blue-green algae (Aphanizomenon flos-Aquae or AFA) have healing properties of a broad spectrum. They are single-celled microscopic algae that grows in lakes and are commercially grown is several countries. In the United States, wild blue-green algae are found in Upper Klamath Lake in South Oregon. Wild blue-green algae are great source of vitamin B12, essential amino acids and naturally chelated minerals. It also contains beta carotene, vitamins C, E, folic acid and Omega 3 fatty acids that support the immune system, decrease levels of triglycerides and protect against heart disease.
People who regularly use wild blue-green algae report many benefits such as an increase in energy level, stronger immune system, as well as improved memory and mental clarity. Wild blue-green algae also protect against and help in treatment of many diseases. That includes depression, fatigue, asthma, tumors, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, obesity, Candida albicans overgrowth, anemia and hypoglycemia.
Studies recently led by Dr. Kilmer McCully have shown that deficiency of B complex vitamins can result in accumulation of homocystene that leads to an increase in cholesterol levels, heart disease and cancer. AFA, being excellent source of vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid, can prevent a build up of homocystene thus protect against these conditions.
A research study at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal conducted in 1998 found that the use of wild blue-green algae for three consecutive months results in decrease of blood cholesterol levels.
This was supported by a recent clinical study at the Massachusetts General Hospital which has shown a dramatic cholesterol reduction in rodents fed with wild blue-green algae. It was also found that the intake of AFA stimulates the migration of 40% of a type of lymphocytes known as Natural killer cells, from blood to tissue after a few hours of consumption.
Natural killer cells are the main constituents of the immune system. These cells destroy other cells damaged by viral infections or cancerous changes. Green tea is also known to encourage the function of Natural killer cells.
The clinical trial carried out at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in which 50 healthy individuals participated, reported that wild blue-green algae also promote the production of red blood cells. This is believed to be due to a high content of vitamin B12 in the algae.
The collaborative research conducted by the Royal Victoria Hospital and the University of New Mexico indicated that regular consumption of AFA stimulates the brain resulting in an increased mental alertness and concentration.
Finally, a recent study by the Boston University shows that the algae also help to eliminate the symptoms of deficiency of essential fatty acids. That way, wild blue-green algae help to prevent cardiovascular diseases, depression, cancer, arthritis and skin diseases caused by low immunity that result out of essential fatty acids deficiency.