Nutrients in BioSuperfood and BioPreparation
Our formulas, unlike many supplements on the market are not a conglomeration of separate, isolated vitamins and minerals, or extracted and concentrated ingredients bound together and compressed with fillers in a pill. They are actually whole foods containing four micro-algae carefully grown, harvested, preserved and proportioned: Spirulina Pacifica, Spirulina Plantentis, Dunaliella and Heomatoccoccus Pluvialis. Together these algae contain thousands of naturally occurring nutrients like proteins, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements, chlorophylls, mixed carotenoids and antioxidants, essential fatty acids (EFA), and non essentials, polysaccharides, thousands of enzymes, rare phytonutrients, and lots more.
The nutritional mission of our formulas
Even though the formulas contain so many nutrients, there is no attempt to measure up to Required Daily Allowances (RDA) or other specific supplemental recommendations. Our formulas are not separate or isolate vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, etc. They are not even a supplement; instead, they are all of the above, they are what we call a "complement", to complement your diet. That is possible because the formulas are actually food - not ordinary food, mind you, but extraordinary food. In that sense, the mission of our formulas is that of food, which is to feed the cells of the body with required nutrients. We know today that the principal nutrients for cancer prevention are gained by eating a mix of colorful fruits and vegetables (American Cancer Society) for their antioxidants, carotenoids, chlorophylls and other phytonutrients with protection values, most of which are found in our formulas. Read on to find out the extraordinary diversity in our formulas!
Some algae in our formulas are known to have the highest usable (90% NPU) protein content of any natural food (65%); far more than meat and fish (15-25%), soybeans (35%), dried milk (35%), peanuts (25%), eggs (12%), grains (8-14%) or whole milk (3%).
The algae in our blends have minimal cellulose in their cell walls, being composed of soft mucopolysaccharides. Their proteins are 85 to 95% digestible. This high digestibility rate is especially important for people suffering from intestinal malabsorption problems, which are very common nowadays. Older people have even more difficulty digesting complex proteins leading to restricted diets.
The formulas contain 20 amino acids: all eight to ten essential and 12 non-essential amino acids in high availability or non limiting forms. Amino acids are all about quality. Protein is composed of amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be manufactured by the body and must be supplied in the diet. Non-essential amino acids are needed too, but the body can synthesize them. Essential amino acids, plus sufficient nitrogen in foods, are needed to synthesize the non-essential amino acids. A protein is considered complete if it has all the essential amino acids. Spirulina in BSF is just that, a complete protein.
Also found in the formulas are all the non-essential amino acids. Spirulina alone supplies ten of the twelve non-essential amino acids. "Non-essential" does not mean that these amino acids are not needed by the body, but merely indicates that the body can synthesize them itself if it needs to do so, provided the appropriate nutritional building blocks are available. Nevertheless, the body is better served if these excellent protein components are readily and totally available in dietary sources, since all the amino acids must be on hand as the cells manufacture enzymes, proteins, hormones, brain chemicals and the other products of metabolism. Of the thousands of biochemical substances acting and interacting in the human body, not one is derived from a vacuum; the body is ultimately dependent upon nutrient intake for all of its functions.
The formulas contain the array of vitamins that most living beings need to carry on metabolic processes.
There are more then 100 dietary minerals and trace elements in each of our formulas. But when using specific element analysis, some amount of all known dietary minerals can be detected in the formulas.
Our formulas contain some amount of all known trace elements occurring in human-friendly form, as they are naturally occurring from the plant kingdom.
Our formulas contain thousands of enzymes! We believe that no other food or combination of foods contains so many naturally occurring enzymes. Some of these enzymes are critically important for health, such as superoxide dismutase (SOD). SOD is an iron-containing enzyme that supports important body-cell processes and also protects the cells from free radicals.
Enzymes are specialized protein molecules facilitating most of the body's metabolic processes such as supplying energy, digesting foods, purifying your blood, ridding the body of waste products etc.
Fruits and vegetables contain just enough enzymes to support self-breakdown, like what occurs when an apple turns brown after falling from a tree. These enzymes are critical in order for them to be properly digested by the humans and animals that consume them. Without these naturally occuring enzymes, our digestive system would have to work much harder to break down food to obtain its nutrients. Often our food goes on being undigested due to a lack of enzymes.
Very few foods contain more enzymes than required for self-breakdown. Papaya is one exception with its large amount of papain enzyme. But as far as enzymes go, nothing comes close to certain microalgae, which contain inexplicably large amounts of enzymes.
Further to aiding with digestion, many enzymes found in foods are stored, transformed and used by our body for other important life-sustaining functions.
The combination of microalgae in our blends boasts thousands of such life sustaining enzymes including DNA, RNA, SOD, Glycolipids and many more. The spirulina in our blends contain as many as 2,000 enzymes. Among other important enzymes identified in spirulina are restriction enzymes. Restriction enzymes (endonucleases) work like scissors to cut the DNA of invading enemy microbes.
A theory proposed to explain spirulina's long life is the role of restriction enzymes. By cutting the DNA of invading enemy microbes, restriction enzymes may have been good weapons against microalgae's ecological enemies for 3.5 billion years.
Many enzymes in BSF and their health benefits have not yet been identified or explained.
Our blends contain the fatty acids Omega 3, 6, 9, GLA and several more including some yet undocumented or undiscovered. Most of us think of fatty acids as oils coming from fish or seeds. You will be happy to learn that our formulas are a rich source of fatty acids and are especially high in GLA, which is a critical nutrient that is universally lacking in the American diet.
Essentially, GLA helps support the immune system through a variety of mechanisms, and its benefits go far beyond mere immune system function. Many studies on the health effects of GLA have been conducted, and they show stunning results for this beneficial nutrient. In the 1980s, GLA was studied more intensively than any other nutrient: About 200 clinical trials took place in university hospitals and medical schools throughout the world. One of these researchers, Dr. Horrobin, states that “his studies have led him to believe that a lack of essential fatty acids could turn out to be one of the most common defects in human biochemistry and a significant factor in many diseases". Essential fatty acids are especially important in the function of nerve, muscle, and immune systems, for when people lack the proper balance of EFAs, the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems are shown to be adversely affected.
Spirulina in our formulas is one of the richest sources of chlorophyll with a perfect balance of magnesium. All plants, algae, and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that perform photosynthesis, contain chlorophyll usually with the proper balance levels of magnesium required for photosynthesis.
The algae found in the formulas have unique cell walls made of complex polysaccharides, which have been shown to stimulate interferon production and exhibit strong anti-tumor activity in a series of studies conducted over the last several decades.
Our formulas with their mix of blue-green, brown and red microalgae contain thousands of phytochemicals and colorful pigments making up the entire color spectrum found in nature from blue to green to red.
We know today that the principal nutrients for cancer prevention are found in colorful fruits and vegetables (American Cancer Society). Those nutrients are a mix of phytonutrients such as antioxidants, carotenoids, and chlorophyll among others.
There is abundant evidence from epidemiological studies that the phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of cancer, probably due to polyphenol antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Phytochemicals have been used as drugs for millennia. For example, Hippocrates in 400 BC used to prescribe willow tree leaves to abate fever. Salicin as in Aspirin, with potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, was originally extracted from the White Willow Tree.
In summary our formulas contain a large array of pigments and carotenes like beta carotene, alpha-carotene, astaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, quercitin, phycocyanine, phycobilins, b cryptoxanthin and several others that offer powerful immunity and toxin shields against continuous pollution, toxins and stress.
Our formulas contain extraordinary antioxidant compounds and especially those like alpha-carotene and beta-carotene known as "pro-pro vitamin A" for their capacity to not only traverse the cell membrane but to span across it.
Our formulas contain an extraordinary number of yellow/orange pigments called carotenoids. Carotenoids are organic pigments that are naturally occurring in plants and some other photosynthetic organisms like algae, some types of fungus and some bacteria. There are over 600 known carotenoids; they are split into two classes, xanthophylls and carotenes. They absorb blue light.
Until late in the 20th Century, the functions of these carotenoids were discussed only in terms of their potential vitamin A activity. But since then it has been discovered that certain members of the carotenoid family, approximately 50 carotenoids of the known 600, are called "pro vitamin A" compounds because the body can convert them into retinol, an active form of vitamin A.
BioSuperfood and BioPreparation contain many of these yellow/orange pigments from which pro and pro-pro-vitamin A can be made. Here is a partial list:
Microalgae in BIOSUPERFOOD/BIOPREPARATION contain a wide range of flavonoids Recent evidence shows as many as 15,000 compounds in certain micro-algae, many of which are not yet identified, while flavonoids and bioflavonoids have been.
Flavonoids are important secondary plant metabolites present in land plants and in many microalgae so far identified (Cyanobacteria, Rhodophyta, Chlorophyta, Haptophyta, Ochrophyta), and likely in many more to be investigated. Recent studies (i.e. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jpy.12180/abstract) data unequivocally shows that microalgae contain a wide range of flavonoids and possess the enzyme pool required for their biosynthesis.
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