Algae-Marine Algae

29 May 2012
Author: Lindsay Johnson
Read time: 11 min
Category: Archive

Super food are part of the core healing program at Hippocrates Health Institute. This article will focus on the nutrient-dense, fresh-water, aqua botanicals: AFA (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae), Spirulina and Chlorella.

Many foods are casually referred to as “super foods” such as oatmeal and blueberries. Some indeed possess exceptional nutritional benefits; however, to be more precise a superfood is a highly nutrient-dense food with multiple health benefits.

People tend to think of fresh-water super foods as very similar to each other. However, there are vast differences between them. We all know that vegetables offer a variety of benefits- carrots being very different than broccoli for example. We all know to eat many kinds of vegetables to reap the nutritional benefits of each. No one would eat only one vegetable, the same holds true for the different fresh-water aqua botanical. Here are some nutritional distinctions between Spirulina, Chlorella and AFA.


Spirulina is one of the “oldest” super foods, at least in terms of human consumption. Many cultures throughout time have harvested Spirulina for a variety of uses as a staple food. Spirulina is an attractive food source because it has remarkably high protein content that can deliver much-needed essential amino acids to the human body. However, a number of nutritionists have pointed out that Spirulina has a hard shell on it that may greatly hinder assimilation. Spirulina offers a significant source of B vitamins; it contains Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9, as well as Vitamins C and D. However, there is insufficient usable Vitamin B12 in Spirulina.

Spirulina, like chlorella, is hydroponically mass-produced in man-made, cement ponds and troughs, a far journey from their wild origins. These two types of algae are nourished by what the growers place in the water.


Chlorella, a single-celled green algae, was arguably the first “superfood” of the modern era. Like Spirulina, researchers found that Chlorella has significant protein content, as high as 50%.

Chlorella offers valuable nutritional elements too, including essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals and has been known to detoxify the body of heavy metals. Chlorella also contains digestive enzymes such as pepsin, which helps to break down foods we eat. Chlorella has CGF, Chlorella Growth Factor, which is said to stimulate tissue repair and is also used as a topical treatment for damaged tissue.

AFA: The Star of the Show- Nutritionally Speaking

AFA stands at the top the super food pyramid because it has the most nutritionally diverse benefits.

In an interview with Brian Clement, he speaks about the AFA that is known as LifeGive Live or E3Live. Clement states that fresh water algae are 10 to 30 times more nutritious than the best vegetables on earth-foods like kale and broccoli for example. He goes on to say this about fresh water AFA:

“…the best variety in the world actually come out of Klamath Lake in Oregon, and why that is, quite simply, is because that lake is so filled in minerals that the little single cell life form thinks “I don’t have to put a hard shell on my exterior as does Spirulina”. Spirulina has a very hard shell, so even though we have nutrients in it, you can’t get them out of it because it’s like taking an egg and swallowing it. It comes out whole on the other side.”

AFA is this Klamath Lake variety of which he speaks- it is 97% usable to the body in its fresh-frozen liquid form, such as Hippocrates LifeGive Live, it is a powerful live food that can be readily assimilated by the cells in the body.

AFA is truly a complete food source. It contains 60% protein and all of the B Vitamins, including Vitamin B12 and essential amino acids. AFA contains an anti-inflammatory COX-2 inhibitor compound called Phycocyanin. Phycocyanin promotes healthy joint functioning and works as an antioxidant.

AFA is known as the “feel good food”. It is an excellent source of PEA (phenylethylamine), a compound noted for balancing mood and simultaneously increasing mental clarity. PEA is released by the brain when we experience feelings of love, joy, pleasure and after intense exercise. PEA is often deficient in the brains of depressed people and those with Attention Deficit Disorder. Taken orally, PEA readily crosses the blood-brain barrier and is immediately available to the brain.

When asked about his experience with AFA, Clement shares this about a study that he implemented:

“Well, let’s start and go back 15 to 16 years ago. Victor Kulvinskas, some of the listeners may know him, the author of a book called Survival in the 21st Century, came to me and said, do you realize in Asia, for instance in Japan, 65 percent of the population gets up daily and takes a supplement called algae? My immediate reaction was, gee, that sounds very strange, but he is wise enough to send me a compilation of research that had been collected over a 50 year period, globally, and I was absolutely dumbfounded. I knew nothing about this and I read diligently and within a matter of about 30 days, I started my first research studies at the Institute, this was about 15 years ago. And what we did is separate the 294 people into two groups. One (group) was on a clay we put in veggie capsules and we were telling them they were on algae, the other half of the group of approximately 150 were on algae. Then we did a double blind study for about 18 months. And our socks were blown off because here we were believing we had the top program, dietarily, in the world with the proof of thousands of people healing disease on it and fighting off aging as I have done and everyone else who’s on it and I was shocked when I put people on this along with everything else we were doing. They were getting even healthier.”

Brian Clement and 20 Scientists were Amazed…

Clement explains why he felt so strongly that the AFA made a difference in these people’s lives and why AFA is truly “Earth’s First Food”:

“For the first three years I actually thought it was the trace minerals and the minerals that were in it that are unique to that lake. It is a volcanic ash lake and around it was a very active volcanic mountain. At the bottom of that lake, was laid about 8 to 10 feet of sedimentation. To top it all off, when you hear Oregon, you think rain. In this part of Oregon it hardly ever rains. It’s sunny practically every day. With this heating sunlight, the phytochemical process that goes on there is unique to any place else in the world. So now, at first, I thought this is what it was. It was the mineralization. Now, listen carefully, what I’m going to say is the most important thing I’ll probably talk to you on today. I have files of guests who have come here over the last 40 to 50 years- blood tests and history are there. Now, as a scientist, the one thing that I was sure of is that constitutions never change. A constitution is really the state of physiological health that a person is born with, that literally comes down from ancestry, grandparents, parents, etc. Now, one can have a bad or a weak constitution as do most people below 80 in our culture. Almost everyone listening today below 80 has a weak constitution. Living an impeccable lifestyle, eating well, having positive attitudes, exercising and living a healthy lifestyle will create longevity. But, we thought, gee, you can never change the constitution. Having a weak constitution, if you can picture it, it’s like pouring cement but not putting enough water or putting too much water in it and it’s the foundation of your house and you’re going to have cracks and crevices and holes in it. Now, what I started to see after three years of observation and blood profiles is that constitutional states started to get strong and healthy. Now, this blew my mind because I had to speak to 20 different scientists I knew who are much brighter and wiser than I on the subject and all of them basically said it’s impossible and by the end all 20, along with me, realized that this is what was happening. You are actually, by taking this algae, filling up the foundation of who you are physiologically, as well as your health, your neurological system, your organ system, the blood, everything that has to do with you as a physical being with strength. So now, if you have a strong constitution with an impeccable life style, guess what? You will not only have a long healthy life, you will have a longer, higher quality and a much healthier life and be fighting off the aging process. What we discovered is that this life form, fresh-water algae, (AFA known as LifeGive Live) was the very first life form on this planet that spread and allowed all other life to occur because it created the oxygen.”

DNA-Change Yours Today

In further studies, spanning 2-3 years, Clement found that the AFA was a very direct and powerful, but very subtle form of nutritional supplementation that few had ever understood or researched before. The DNA in each of the 7 billion+ people is what makes us individuals. DNA is the most fundamental part of a human being. Clement had found, through his studies, the AFA fills in the nooks & crannies of our DNA which could change or prevent health issues inherent to our family history. Just because your parents, grandparents and other relatives have suffered from a health condition, it does not mean you are destined for the same, especially when eating healthy food, exercising and consuming AFA.

Wisdom of Ancient Cultures Still Holds Up

AFA, Spirulina and Chlorella have been consumed fresh for thousands of years by indigenous people. LifeGive/E3 Live offers the most diverse nutrition available of all the super foods. Try all these super foods and determine for yourself which will give you the most benefits and make you feel your best. You can benefit from the wisdom of the ancient cultures and Clement by making fresh-water super foods a part of your daily life.

This article included excerpts from an interview with Brian Clement, Tamera Campbell, CEO of Vision, and others. For a free audio CD, including the full interview, please contact: " "  or visit or call 888-800-7070).

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