FOUNDATION – Blue-Green Superfood Monograph
FOUNDATION contains the finest Blue-Green Algae available, Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae (AFA), which is recognized as one of the most concentrated sources of chlorophyll (a vital phytonutrient known for its detoxifying and regenerating properties). FOUNDATION contains one of the most nutritionally dense, micronutrient foods available that has a perfect amino acid profile, which is naturally balanced for humans. Furthermore, Blue-Green Algae is a highly bioavailable protein that is 80% assimilated (meat protein is only 20% assimilated).
Eliminate allergies, strengthen immunity, and increase energy by building your FOUNDATION. With a perfect amino acid profile and highly concentrated source of chlorophyll, FOUNDATION is a balanced and highly bioavailable source of blue-green algae. This healing nutrient can help you balance blood sugar, improve nutrient absorption, and fight free radicals to help you find a renewed source of pure energy.
Allergies & Immunity
A twelve-week study gave patients with allergies blue-green algae (1,000 mg or 2,000 mg/day) or a placebo. Individuals that took 2,000 mg of blue green algae had significant reduction (32% reduction) in the production of specific cytokines that cause allergic reactions.1
Spirulina, a form of blue green algae, has been shown to help lessen the inflammatory response with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.2 Older subjects were given spirulina, a form of blue green algae, to determine the influence on white blood cell count and immunity. Researchers found that the nutrient did benefit mechanisms to help support immune function.3
A deficiency in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3s, etc.) can cause various health concerns, including cardiovascular, cognitive, and joint ailments. Blue-green algae, especially Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae (AFA), is a good source of polyunsaturated fats (PUFA). Researchers conducted an animal study to measure PUFA levels in rats fed four different diets: standard with 5% soybean oil, PUFA-free with 5% coconut oil, PUFA-free with 10% algae, or PUFA-free with 15% algae. After 32 days, plasma, triglyceride, cholesterol, and fatty acid levels were measured. Rats that were fed a PUFA-free diet with algae had increased levels of linolenic acid and omega-3s, while decreasing high levels of omega-6s. The other PUFA-free diets did not increase linolenic or omega-3 levels. The study also found that algae supplementation decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels.4
Blue green algae was given to subjects for three months to determine the effects on vitamin B12 levels. It was found that B12 status improved and homocysteine levels decreased among those supplementing with blue green algae.5
Cognitive Function/Learning Abilities
Properties found in blue-green algae; specifically phenylelthylamine (PEA), have been linked to improving focus and concentration in children with learning disabilities. Urinary excretion of PEA was measured in 18 healthy children and 26 children with ADHD. The study found that PEA levels were significantly lower in children with hyperactivity and lack of concentration.6 Another study found similar results in children with learning disabilities, indicating optimal PEA levels are important to cognitive function.7
Blue-green algae contains a high concentration of phenylelthylamine (PEA), a natural compound that elevates mood by improving dopamine transmission.8 Studies have shown that a PEA deficiency can cause a low mood, whereas increased PEA levels can relieve chronic mood ailments by 60%. 9,10
Blue green algae was given to 30 menopausal women for eight weeks to find that it helped to lessen mood imbalances and anxiousness.11 PEA has also been shown to elevate mood and promote energy through improving mechanisms in the central nervous system. Researchers suggest the compound may be a therapy for individuals with a chronic low mood.7
Blue-green algae’s nutrient-dense properties include protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, as well as probiotic compounds to aid nutrient assimilation.12 One study fed mice blue-green algae for four-weeks, finding microflora was improved in mice that received blue-green algae.13 Another study indicated that Blue-green algae aided weight in rats by increasing nutrient assimilation.14
Additional Information – Dosage & Interactions
As a dietary supplement, start with 1 to 2 capsules daily (with or without food) and gradually increase to 3 or more capsules, or as directed by a physician. Since it is food, individuals may adjust the quantity as desired.
The maximum safe dosage of this supplement has not been determined for children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease. As with all supplement regimens, please consult your physician prior to use.
There are no known precautions with proper supplementation.
There are no known interactions with proper supplementation.
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3 Selmi C, Leung PS, Fischer L, et al. The effects of Spirulina on anemia and immune function in senior citizens. Cell Mol Immunol. 2011 May;8(3):248-54.
4 Kushak RI, Drapeau C, Van Cott EM, Winter HH. Favorable effects of blue-green algae Aphanizomenon flos-aquae on rat plasma lipids. JANA. 2000 Jan. 2(3):59-65.
5 Baroni L, Scoglio S, Benedetti S, et al. Effect of a Klamath algae product (“AFA-B12”) on blood levels of vitamin B12 and homocysteine in vegan subjects: a pilot study. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 2009 Mar;79(2):117-23.
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7 Baker et al. Phenylethylaminergic mechanisms in attention-deficit disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 1991 Jan; 29(1):15-22.
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10 Sabelli HC, Javaid JI. Phenylethylamine modulation of affect: therapeutic and diagnostic implications. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1995; 7(1):6-14.
11 Genazzani AD, Chierchia E, Lanzoni C, et al. Effects of Klamath Algae extract on psychological disorders and depression in menopausal women: a pilot study. Minerva Ginecol. 2010 Oct;62(5):381-8.
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13 Rasmussen HE, Martinez I, Lee JY, Walter J. Alteration of the gastrointestinal microbiota of mice by edible blue-green algae. J Appl Microbiol. 2009 Oct; 107(4):1108-1118.
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