Wild Blue-Green Algae
by Paul Gaylon
compiled from Miracle Superfood: Wild Blue-Green Algae
Author: Dr. Gillian McKeith, Feb. 1998
Blue-Green algae represent a link between bacteria and green plants. This algae type, therefore, is both a plant and a healthy bacterium. Blue-green algae and bacterium have a similar composition. Their genetic makeup, photosynthesis apparatus, and respiratory systems are not separated by internal membranes. The “information” in the blue-green algae or bacterium such as how to produce enzymes, how to digest antibiotics, how to repair cellular injuries, and how to quench free radicals is totally accessible. (Free radicals attack other molecules that they come into contact with).
Blue-Green Algae are quite distinct from other algae in that they share characteristics with plants, animals, and bacteria. Like plants, they can perform photosynthesis but they do it far better than any plant. They are the most chlorophyll-rich organisms on the planet. Special phycobilin pigments initiate the conversion of light energy to chemical energy by certain wavelengths of visible light to produce chlorophyll. The energy is absorbed by the phycobilin which transforms into chlorophyll.
Furthermore, blue-green algae are like animal cells in structure in that both have a soft, digestible cell wall composed of glycogen which our bodies can use as food. Almost all other plants have cellulose cell walls that are not as easily digestible. Thus, because the algae cell walls are soft and easy to digest, we can obtain more nutrients from ingesting them. The blue-green algae are survival pioneers. They quickly change and adapt to light conditions, temperature, physical and chemical changes as dictated by their environment.
Klamath Lake is one of the world’s richest sources of the AFA strain of wild blue-green algae, the strain scientifically referred to as Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). This lake is nestled 3,000 feet up in the almost inaccessible Cascade Mountains of Oregon, boasting one of the most abundant supplies of minerals and trace elements. This mineral treasury is the result of massive volcanic eruptions that occurred several thousand years ago which blanketed the area with millions of tons of mineral-rich volcanic ash. Fifty thousand tons of this ash flow every day into the 140-square mile lake from the 4,000 square-mile volcanic basins through a network of 17 rivers, streams, and falls. This spectacular lake, in its unique position of isolation, has become a natural power-packed nutrient trap impossible for man to duplicate. The Blue-Green algae from Klamath Lake grow wild; they are free of adverse bacterium, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.
Algae researcher Dr. William Barry has personally examined many blooms of the AFA strain from Klamath Lake (and from other lakes too) and has never found any toxicity. A research report produced by Rapala in The Journal of Applied Phycology (1993) confirmed Barry’s conclusion; this report emphatically states that the AFA algae strain is not capable of producing toxins. As a further testament to its safety, it should be noted that hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have consumed the AFA strain algae with no toxic effects.