Blue/Green Algae – where the food chain and your health begins
By Tim McClew.
Optimal Health takes a turn for the ‘Wild’ side
The organic/’chemical-free’ agriculture movement has made incredible strides over the past three decades, moving from local farmers markets into the produce aisle of major grocery store chains. As the marketplace has adapted to the influx of organic goods and provided them with a platform for publicity, the amount of research and published articles surrounding the ‘attributes of organic living’ has grown exponentially.
As is the case with every socio-cultural development – especially in regards to the nutrition industry – there are those individuals and groups who are constantly seeking ‘the outer edge’, the latest and greatest innovation or discovery that, in the parlance of such people, “takes the paradigm to a whole new level”. The mindful approach to diet often leads health-seekers to discovering the benefits of organic produce – and eventually, to research regarding the pinnacle of optimal nutritional assistance: wild-crafted foods.
As nutritionist David Jubb describes in his ‘Lifefood’ book, wild foods “…have self-protective qualities bestowed through minerals that fortify and protect [these] plants from being overcome by the forces of nature. Those very same quantities that fortify the burdock plant to be able to grow anywhere under most any condition, are the very same properties that allow you and I to fortify ourselves when eating it raw. Wild foods possess minerals and beneficial electric charges beyond any standard vegetable grown in a garden.”
The phrase ‘wild-crafted’ describes the retrieving or harvesting of plants in their natural surroundings, as opposed to ‘domesticating’ and farming them in a controlled environment.
The gradual rise of wild-crafted nutrition’s profile over the past decade has coincided with the rise in global popularity of a product that is considered by respected scientists, researchers and health experts to be at the very top of the wild food pyramid – E3Live.
E3Live is AFA (Aphanizomenon flos aquae – “Invisible Living Flower of the Water”), a blue-green algae superfood (harvested and bottled by Klamath Algae Products in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, USA) considered by experts to be foundational nutrition in its most effective and uplifting form, imparting several dimensions of nutraceutical assistance which may profoundly assist individuals in their wellness journey. E3Live is an ‘undenatured food’: unpasteurized, totally organic, and wild-crafted, with a 98% rate of nutrient assimilation within the body – the perfect form of gentle nutrition to revive and repair, rejuvenate and restore.
Algae (of which AFA is an edible species) is the ultimate survivor and adaptor, and can be found growing in almost every environment on the planet, whether it be tree bark, rocks, soil, or the sunlit surface of bodies of fresh or salt water. Wild algae truly is the most wild of all foods – and must develop ways of strengthening itself in order to thrive. The AFA algae found within Klamath Lake offers people the opportunity to optimize their bio-available intake of the unique nutritional profile afforded by the rugged freshwater conditions in which AFA flourishes.
E3Live is a superfood whose benefits (and incredible unicellular ‘structural design’) very much reflect the environment wherein it grows and adapts. Upper Klamath lake, where E3Live is harvested, possesses every natural element necessary to create a unique, edible and incredibly beneficial species of cyanophyta (freshwater plant). These factors include:
• An astonishingly high mineral concentration due to a massive volcanic eruption that occurred in the vicinity over 7,000 years ago, covering the area with millions of tons of mineral ash
• Seventeen streams, underground aquifers and rivers deposit into the 140 square mile lake an annual average of 50,000 tons of the mineral-rich silt from the surrounding 4000 square mile volcanic basin – 90% of the water flowing into the lake comes from springs and pristine rivers
• The springs feeding Klamath bring in water with temperatures no greater than 4 degrees C, a vitality that leads to better distribution of minerals, electrical ions and nutrients in comparison to warmer currents
• A very cold winter season (that sees the lake frozen over for months) contributes to the understanding of why AFA has to fortify itself, and ultimately, why it has such strengthening effects on the immune system (for example); it also offers an important insight into why the E3Live liquid algae retains so much of its original nutritional potency even after it is frozen
• Klamath possesses a longitudinal shape the encourages strong and turbulent winds that ‘whip up’ and suspend the mineral-rich silt from the shallow depths – the resulting nutrients encourage further bloom growth
• Klamath AFA thrives in relation to its algae competitors on the lake due to its unique ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere which then allows them to ‘hog’ the available nutrients in the lake – and produce incredible, extremely-low weight peptides (which aid brain and hormone activity) in the process
• The area averages 300 days a year of sunny conditions, ideal for AFA to thrive.
• The lake is neither stagnant nor deteriorating in its health, which is usually the conditions necessary for algae to truly flourish – it hosts an abundant wealth of wildlife (especially migratory birds) and is surrounded by public land in the form of National Parks and Wildlife Refuges
•The lake itself is shallow (close to 3 metres deep), with 30 feet of mineral-rich sediment at its bottom that create concentrations of crystal formations in the lake bed. A 1967 study estimated that the top one inch of the lake’s sediment alone contained enough nutrients to sustain an algal bloom!
In regards to the sustainability of the lake’s resources, the company’s Master Harvester, Tamera Campbell, states:
“This is a 140 sq mile lake full of algae bloom. We harvest in a 1 mile area or less. The algae cells divide every 2 hours and keep multiplying. In essence, we can harvest and you can come back in 4 hours and one would never know we were there. The eco-system is not dependent on the algae. The eco-system creates the algae. There is never a way that we could ever harvest all that is living in this lake. It’s not humanly possible. It was estimated 20+ years ago that there is enough algae in the lake to feed every person in the world a small amount per day.”
Wild plants use minerals (in conjunction with other components derived from sunlight, oxygen and water) to protect themselves against the natural forces that surround them. The energetic elements that allow AFA cyanophyta (E3Live) to flourish in a wilderness environment are the same properties (and nourishing effects) which are passed on to those who consume the food in it’s original state.
As a wild food that is provided to the consumer in its closest-to-natural state, E3Live possesses the widest spectrum of nutrients in their most potent form. Aiding the body in managing stress, increasing energy, elevating mood, improving digestive functions, aiding in cognitive activities (concentration/memory/etc.), oxygenating the blood, and assisting with inflammation issues are some of the many benefits imparted by consuming this incredible product.
E3Live utilizes light energy from the sun, carbon dioxide from the air, and hydrogen from the water (at three times the efficiency of land-based plants) in order to synthesize proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, minerals, vitamins, chlorophyll and many other nutrients. This natural process produces an organic, fully-digestible, full-spectrum source of hundreds of primary and secondary nutrients that assist in assisting the mind and body on many different levels.
To learn more about AFA/Blue-Green algae and its benefits, click here.
*Contains information derived from various sources, including ‘Primordial Food’ by Christian Drapeau, MSc.
Image Credit: Blake, Tupper Ansel
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