The Big Three: AFA Algae, Spirulina, and Chlorella
Spirulina, Chlorella, and Aphanizomenon flos-aquae ( AFA Algae ) are three species of edible micro algae on the market today. Chart 1 looks at some of the differences among the three, comparing such things as:
- how it is produced
- does it come with organic certification
- what are the effects on the nervous system
- does the lipid profile contain Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids
- does it offer protection from immune cell free radicals
- does it stimulate mobilization of immune cells
- does it stimulate macrophage activity
- what is the phycocyanin content
- does it help with stem cell growth and protection
Why Be Particular About Which Brand of AFA Algae?
There are many brands of AFA Algae algae on the market. Since they were all harvested from the same lake, does it matter which brand you choose? The information on Chart 2 compares the chlorophyll content of several brands. Chlorophyll is a nutrient that is easily destroyed by over heating, and as such it is a good indicator of the loss of other heat sensitive nutrients.
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