Blue-green algae

“You want me to eat what?!”

“Blue-green algae, it comes in little tablets.”

“Isn’t that the stuff that makes our pool go green? The stuff we nuke with Shock-It?”

“No! That’s a different kind of algae… This one is perfectly healthy! Look…. Read this…”

This was our conversation last week Friday. It was hubby who had first read the article in the December/January edition of the Renaissance Magazine. Its title: “Do we really need supplements?”

Not one for pill-popping, as a result of a stomach that hasn’t taken kindly to vitamins in the past, and a throat that seems to constrict at the mere thought of swallowing a tablet that exceeds the 5mm diameter threshold (yes, I realise, that is tiny!), quite frankly, I was doubtful that this article would offer me much practical information.

But, in the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, I read it. And it did.

The article was written by nutritional scientist Prof Celene Bernstein, and is a well-written discussion of nutrient deficiency in the early 21st century and various criteria for assessing nutritional supplements. It is also a plug (an advertorial) for something called AFA Blue Green Algae. She says:

“Throughout my nutritional counselling sessions I have come to the conclusion that people do not enjoy taking many supplements. They will however, gladly take a supplement that they believe contains all the essential amino acids, non essential amino acids, lipids, fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and all the digestive enzymes in one tablet.

There is such a supplement on the market. I have done the research and it is produced according to all the above criteria [discussed in her article]. It is AFA Blue Green Algae.

Of the many strains of Blue Green Algae, at the top of the list for purity, food value and sustainability is Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae (AFA) – ‘The Invisible Living Flower of the Water’ – a sustainable source of Blue Green Algae. AFA Blue Green Algae is wild harvested (not man-made or manufactured) directly from the Klamath Lake, one of the purest, unpolluted, freshwater, alkaline lakes (Oregon, USA). It is a totally balanced, nutrient-rich, wholegreen superfood, that only needs sunlight and fresh water to grow.”

Sounds really good, doesn’t it? So, after doing a bit more research on the internet, we decided to give it a try. You can read a bit more about it here:

My only criticism of so many of the sites we found on the internet is their ‘Ra-Ra’ nature, loudly shouting out the amazing, extraordinary, unbelievable benefits of the product…

But then I just have a really deep-seated, passionate dislike of marketing and advertising, which automatically makes me suspicious and resistant to whatever they’re trying to shove down my throat with one hand, while cleverly extracting the Rands from my wallet with the other.

Rather give me the scientific facts in a quiet, sensible, honest, transparent and logical manner, and let me make up my own mind.

Thus it was that last Saturday morning we found ourselves trawling the shelves at a local health shop, where we did indeed find some bottles of said tablets.

We’ve now been taking two a day for a whole week. The recommended dosage is 4 a day, but at R185 for a 60-tablet bottle, it’s not exactly cheap. Not feeling much of a difference yet, but I guess that it will lead to a cumulative, gradual kind of improvement.

If you’ve ever taken it, please let me know whether it worked/works for you?

2 thoughts on “Blue-green algae

  1. As someone who has to take medication daily, I understand that the effective use of medication of any sort is dependant, amongst other things, on the correct dosage being utilised?

    Taking 50% of the required dosage generally guarantees 0%of the required effect as the blood levels required for the effect to be realised are not achieved.

  2. Agreed.

    However, when we phoned Prof Bernstein to double-check the dosage, she said that it could be varied from 2 upwards.

    She recommended an initial dosage of 1 to 2 a day so that the body could get used to the ingredients. She also advised that, during times of stress when one needs more nutrients, 4 to 6 could be taken.

    We double-checked on Klamath Blue Green Algae FAQs:

    6. Q. What is the suggested dosage for taking the algae?
    A. The suggested adult dosage is to begin taking one capsule/tablet per day for the first week; two capsules/tablets per day for the second week; three capsules/tablets per day for the third week ; and finally four capsules/tablets per day which provides 2 grams of algae per day. You may want to adjust your dosage based on how your body interacts with the algae.

    7. Q. Can I take too much algae?
    A. The algae is considered a whole food. Due to the dense nutrient content of Klamath Blue Green Algae, occasionally someone may experience over-stimulation or slight gastric upset. If this occurs, dosage should be reduced to one capsule until the body adjusts to the algae. After becoming familiar with the algae and its effects, you may want to increase or decrease the dosage.

    8. Q. When is the best time to take the algae?
    A. The suggested time is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, even before coffee. You may split them up and take half in the morning and half in the afternoon. It is not recommended to take the algae at night unless you want to stay up for some reason (students, those who work at night, etc.)

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