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Nannochloropsis & Vitaplankton
WHAT ARE MARINE PHYTOPLANKTON?
They are micro-algae single-celled organisms that are rich in trace minerals, chlorophyll, essential amino acids, DHA, EPA, carotenoids, antioxidants, nucleic acids and necessary vitamins. As the name suggests, they are found in the ocean, where they are responsible for creating over 90% of the earth’s oxygen supply.
In fact, NASA called Marine Phytoplankton the most important plant source in the world, providing almost all of the Earth’s oxygen and serving as a vital food supply for marine life (and humans!). Marine Phytoplankton makes up about 25% of all vegetation on the planet, but is unique in how quickly it can reproduce itself, making it a highly sustainable food source. (The most pure forms are grown in specialized labs, rather than the ocean, as this allows scientists to maximize the levels of potent phytochemicals and avoid heavy metal contamination).
HOW DO WE GROW OUR PLANKTON AT VITAPLANKTON?
Vitaplankton is the only business growing Nannochloropsis gaditana in the UK.
By using our pristine method of cultivating our Marine Phytoplankton, contamination is not something you will ever need to worry about. To put it another way, our marine phytoplankton is completely safe to use. We grow it in photo-bioreactors under the strictest of guidelines imposed by the European Union.
We grow a strain isolated from the Bay of Cadiz and provided by the Scottish Association of Marine Science's Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP).
We make up our own seawater using the component salts (primarily salt from the Cheshire salt mines), so it is pure and free from impurities and plastics.
It is grown in super clean conditions to HACCP standards, using sterilised seawater, glassware and air (filtered to remove micro organisms and dust particles).
We grow our plankton in bio-reactors adding high quality nutrients (from Varicon Aqua), warmth and sunlight (supplemented with daylight phosphorescence and LED cool light).
We cultivate, harvest and process our phytoplankton all on the same premises, so it is packaged fresh! It is freeze dried and vacuum packed straight after harvesting and centrifuging so the nutritious plankton is concentrated and preserved in "suspended plant-imation" in super dry conditions where no deterioration occurs.
Our Nannochloropsis gaditana has been tested by Campden BRI and Eurofins nutritional testing laboratories and found to contain all nutrients and provided in nature's own balance.
It is also tested in a local marine microbiological laboratory and certified as free from pathogens.
Our plankton is grown using renewable energy
We use solar power, wind generation and solar water heaters to power our cultivation laboratory as well as using direct sunlight to grow on our plankton, so relying on renewable energy sources. We start fresh cultures in the Spring, grow it up during the Summer months and harvest in the Autumn, so are self sufficient in energy needs.
Raw Freeze-Dried Marine Phytoplankton (Nannochloropsis gaditana).
NO additives or preservatives of any kind.
Never heated or irradiated.
Phytoplankton Powder Vs Liquid
Until someone shows us a single benefit of any kind to phytoplankton liquid, we’ll continue to produce only our carefully dried and cultured powder, with incredible attention to detail. There’s a reason, to our minds, that spirulina liquid or blue-green algae liquid are not commonly seen items on health shop shelves. Put simply, powder represents the best means of preserving the nutritional components for human health.
What Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
Omega-3s are a specific type of polyunsaturated fatty acid, meaning they contain more than one double bond in their chemical structure. The “3” refers to where in the chemical structure the first double bond occurs.
The three omega-3s found in food are ALA, EPA and DHA:
Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA): This is a plant-based omega-3
ALA is known as a short-chain omega-3, meaning your body has to convert it into longer-chained EPA and DHA to synthesize it. This process is rather inefficient and only about one percent of the ALA you consume is converted to the long-chain version your body needs (although this percentage is slightly higher for women).
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA): EPA is a 20-carbon fatty acid found in oily fish, algae oil and krill oil. Your body is able to synthesize this molecule in its original form. This, along with DHA, are the omega-3s your body needs in high quantities to achieve the benefits they offer.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA): This 22-carbon molecule is also found in oily fish, krill oil and algae oil. Your body will convert some DHA molecules back to EPA’s in order to keep them at fairly equal levels if you consume more DHA.
DHA is found more plentifully in the Nannochloropsis gaditana strain of phytoplankton than in any other food source in the world.
Omega-6s come in some form of linoleic acid (LA) and are found in vegetable oils, meat, poultry and eggs.
Nature’s perfect alternative to fish oil.