The health food industry is abuzz with enthusiasm about a new superfood phenomenon that actually isn’t new at all. Phytoplankton, found in the ocean, is considered the world’s original vegetable.
Why is it making a splash in markets across the globe? While this superfood may be microscopic, its health benefits are hugely exciting.
What exactly is phytoplankton?
Also known as microalgae, phytoplankton has a complete nutritional profile that nourishes all marine life. As one of the very first life forms on earth, phytoplankton has an incredibly rich history and impressive track record of sustaining ocean life since the beginning of time. In fact, these microscopic marine plants have also generated and sustained most of the oxygen we breathe. How’s that for a resumé?
Today, phytoplankton is available in both powder and tablet form. The powder can be added to smoothies, yogurt and applesauce – or simply mixed with water or juice.
Health benefits of phytoplankton
Phytoplankton is packed with nutrients:
- Omega fatty acids
- Vitamins A, C, D and K
- Beta carotene
- Dietary fibre
- Minerals calcium, magnesium, selenium & iron
Anecdotal reports are surfacing that phytoplankton may help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other digestive issues, inflammation, fibromyalgia and migraines to chronic pain, low energy and skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema.
Personally, I suffered from barn-burning migraines, chronic fatigue and severe allergies for years. I started consuming phytoplankton and felt like I had my life back. My headaches and allergies are now gone, I sleep better at night and my immune system is stronger; I haven’t had a cold in years.
What to look for in a phytoplankton brand
Since phytoplankton has resurfaced as a new superfood, there are only a limited number of producers. To ensure the phytoplankton you consume is non-toxic and entirely safe for consumption, it’s important to choose a phytoplankton product that is certified according to strict global food safety protocols. To ensure the product is allergen-free, choose a brand that is produced in an indoor, controlled facility.
Today, phytoplankton is sold in pharmacies and health food stores as well as online.
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