- Anti-wrinkle by rejuvenating skin by stimulating cell proliferation
- Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
- Has an immediate smoothing effect by connecting to skin cells
Note: AFA is different than spirullina or chlorella.
This is the most nutrient rich and bio-active of all algaes known. Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) has been shown to stimulate human stem cell recruitment, migration and proliferation. The most nutrient rich and bio-active algae known, full of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, chlorophyll, amino acids, nucleic acids, fatty acids, and DHA. Due to the algae’s nutritious soft cell wall, these nutrients are readily available to the body.
AFA is six times richer in protein and minerals than mother’s milk. It is crucial for collagen production and has an immediate smoothing effect by connecting to skin cells.
Many claims are based on research done on individual nutrients that Aphanizomenon flos-aquae contains, such as vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, various antioxidants, and others. For example, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which are very important in maintaining membrane fluidity, comprise up to 10% of AFA’s dry weight. Animal research at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that AFA microalgae raised blood levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
A team at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada, demonstrated that consumption of AFA results in an immediate change in the trafficking of immune cells. The effect is transient and cell-type specific. An extensive body of data documents that long-term consumption does not lead to hyper-stimulation of the immune system. According to researchers, AFA blue-green algae make natural killer cells “patrol” better throughout the body. These effects were seen when using a low oral dose of algae (1.5 gram), corresponding to a low amount of food supplementation.
The special molecule that provides the blue color in blue-green algae is called phycocyanin. Phycocyanin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Med Sci Monit. 2010 Jan;16(1):BR1-5. – Effects of blue-green algae extracts on the proliferation of human adult stem cells in vitro: a preliminary study
- Cardiovasc Revasc Med. 2007 Jul-Sep;8(3):189-202. – Mobilization of human CD34+ CD133+ and CD34+ CD133(-) stem cells in vivo by consumption of an extract from Aphanizomenon flos-aquae–related to modulation of CXCR4 expression by an L-selectin ligand?