NUTRACEUTICALS

Nutraceuticals
Nutraceutical, a splicing of the words “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical”, was coined in 1989 by Stephen L. DeFelice, founder and chairman of the Foundation of Innovation Medicine.  The term is applied to products that range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements and herbal products, specific diets to processed foods such as cereals, soups, and beverages (Wikipedia).

AlgaGen ‘s vision is to identify and produce species of microalgal  nutraceuticals to better human and animal health

One such microalga, cyanobacterium specifically, is Spirulina.  This algae has been eaten by man and animals throughout the millennia.  There are stories of Incas, Aztecs, indigenous tribes cultivating, sustaining, and utilizing Spirulina in their day-to-day as well as spiritual rituals.  We have spent years developing our own strain that has adapted to the sunny,  lush,  tropical conditions of Florida. We have been producing it under ultra clean conditions since 2008, feeding family and friends.  In 2014 we made the decision to open our production up to our community.

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Nutraceuticals

Spirulina

 AlgaGen is now producing human grade Spirulina !  Used by Hero Pops in their Pond Yum products

Spirulina is a superfood.  But what is Spirulina?  Spirulina  is a microalga that is related to bacteria; cyanobacterium.  It lives in hi-alkaline lakes.  Cyanobacterium are considered the organisms responsible for creating our present day atmosphere.  They took nutrients, noxious gases and utilized those gases to produce the energy they needed to reproduce. In the meanwhile they mass produced oxygen.  It is argued that Spirulina could be 3-4 billion years old.  All through human history people have eaten Spirulina; Incas, Aztecs, indigenous peoples on the African continent and around the globe.  They placed great value on the nutritive value of this alga.

Spirulina in an alga that is full of protein, 60-79%, and has virtually all the nucleic acids necessary to support and sustain life.  It has carbohydrates and Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), it has PUFAs (Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids) and sulpho-lipid compounds that are extremely beneficial to the immune system (heart health, brain health, joint health).  In addition it has gamma-linoleic acids; EFAs found in mother’s milk that are important in fighting inflammation, stimulating skin, hair growth and bone health.  The cell wall that coats and protects each Spirulina is unique in its structure and because of this, its structure is easily broken down by the human digestive system.  Spirulina also contains glucosamine and glycogen which are considered to be important for joint health.  Spirulina is full of pigments such as chlorophyl and phycobilns that are also considered blood purifiers.  Spirulina also has other compounds such as beta carotene and polyphenols both of which are considered important radical oxygen scavengers.  There are numerous minerals in Spirulina;  it contains the same calcium, phosphorus and magnesium as milk as well as a lot of vitamins such as pro-vitamin A, B complex vitamins, vitamin K and vitamin E-tocopherols (potent antioxidants).

Potential Health benefits of spirulina are vast.  Historically it has been used to treat skin ailments such acne and wrinkling.  Studies in India point towards reduction of cholesterol.  The fatty acids found in Spirulina contribute to healthy cell formation.  Proteins found in Spirulina are thought to bind radioactive Isotopes and anecdotal evidence suggests lessening the impacts from chemotherapy and radiation-therapies.  Spirulina possesses anti-inflammatories, is thought to promote liver health, is thought to lessen impacts of neodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons, is thought to support bone marrow health, is thought to provide cancer protection,  is thought to reduce allergies,  is thought to prevent anemia, is thought to reduce stroke risk, is thought to reduce pain sensitivity, is thought to reduce arthritis symtoms, is thought to support eye health,  is thought to fight diabetes, is thought to provide neuro-protective capacity for the brain, and is thought to host a number of antivirals.

A 2014 study in The America Journal of PATHOLOGY vol. 184 No. 1 January 2014 ” Chemoprevention of Rat Mammary Carcinogenesis by Spirulina” Duhtit et al., documented reduced incidence of tumors (that were induced) in rats from 87% to 13% and induction of apoptasis (caner cell death) by 48 hours after Spirulina treatment.  This was a study performed on lab animals.

 Not all Spirulina is the same.  There are different types of Spirulina and each type has slightly different nutritional make up.   The biggest impact on Spirulina nutrition are the conditions under which it is grown.  AlgaGen’s  Spirulina strain has been raised in Florida for years and has adapted to Florida weather. Florida is the state reputed to possess Ponce de Leon’s fountain of youth.  AlgaGen’s source water comes from a pure artesian spring, although not in the same region, could very well possess many of the same attributes as Ponce’s spring.  This in combination with a host of other factors has created a unique strain, high in protein and fatty acids. We are calling it Spirulina algagenica.

  • It is grown in pure artesian well water full of minerals
  • The water is purified to drinking standards
  • The Spirulina nutrients are human grade; used by Gator-aid
  • The spirulina is washed free of excess nutrients

Whereas there are no agency standards (USDA nor FDA) for human grade Spirulina, we go above and beyond by

  • Performing extensive microbiological assays
  • Performing standardization assays, QA/QC
  • Producing under clean closed system conditions
  • Performing thorough sanitation protocols
  • There is NO association with fish or other animals in its production

 

 

 

“Eating low on the food chain is good for your health, it is the source of good, basic nutrition. Feed at the source with Florida FreshR Spirulina from AlgaGen”

All statements are made independent of and not endorsed by the FDA/USDA

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What are Copepods?

What are Copepods?

There are more than 75,000 species of copepods, which are morphologically diverse and occupy all aquatic habitats. There are copepod species in the deepest trenches and at the highest altitudes, some that are symbiotic and others that reside in sediments and in caves. The world’s oceans are numerically dominated by copepods. The most commonly recognized copepods are the planktonic marine representatives. Of the planktonic marine copepods the Order Calanoida (Calanoids) are most abundant and perform the indispensible role as primary consumers – transferring photosynthetically generated energy from the consumption of microalgae to the fish and invertebrates that we have come to value, protect and admire. Also important in the ecology of marine ecosystems are the scavenging copepods, primarily the Order Harpacticoida (Harpacticoids).

     The life history of copepods consists of an egg, up to six naupliar (larval) stages, up to five copepodid (juvenile) stages, and an sexually reproducing adult stage. Nauplii are morphologically distinguishable from copepodid and adults stages, as they are ovoid in shape with short appendages and small antennae which are indiscernible from their swimming appendages without a compound microscope. Copepodid and adult stages are barrel shaped and have long elegant antennae that are used for detection of food, predators and mates. Nauplii of Calanoid copepods are essential food during the culture of the larvae of some economically valuable marine ornamental and food fish species which cannot be cultured with the traditional live foods – rotifers and artemia.

The copepodids of Calanoids and Harpacticoids are considered superior foods for fish larvae that will normally feed on large rotifers and artemia. Both Calanoids and Harpacticoids are also very nutritious live foods that can add a highly nutritious supplement or substitute to commercially available flake and pellet diets and frozen foods. Harpacticoids are very useful for scavenging uneaten food and feces from your aquarium inhabitants. Due to the diversity in copepods, it is possible to choose the copepod that meets your specific needs. While size and behavior are important considerations when choosing a copepods species to use in your tropical marine aquarium interests, it is critical to choose a tropical copepod to ensure that the nutritional profile is correct for your tropical fish and invertebrates.

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