7 Amazing Benefits of Phytoplankton

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Using phytoplankton supplements is growing in popularity, thanks to its dense nutrient profile and proven health benefits.

What is Phytoplankton?

Phytoplanktons are microscopic organisms that form an important part of the plankton ecosystem in the world’s oceans, seas, and freshwater sources and support marine life. They form the bottom rung of almost every food chain in the marine world and are too small to see with the naked eye. Phytoplankton come in many different shapes and forms, but all are self-feeding (autotrophic) organisms. In recent years, phytoplankton supplements have gained recognition for their effects on human health. [1] [2]

Phytoplankton Nutrition

In terms of nutrition, these plankton species are packed with complete proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants, and key amino acids. The concentrated nature of these microorganisms makes them an ideal dietary supplement for people who want a strong healthy boost.

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Phytoplankton Benefits

The key benefits of phytoplankton are the following:

  • Detoxifies the body
  • Improves mood
  • Anticancer Potential
  • Promotes cell regeneration
  • Strengthens immunity
  • Boosts heart health
  • Improves liver health

Let us discuss them in detail below.

Mood Improvement

Due to the energizing and revitalizing effects of this supplement, phytoplankton is known as an effective anti-depressant and can minimize mood swings or depressive episodes. [3]

Anticancer Potential

While it is not an alternative treatment, a 2016 research published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal has studied the extract of these marine microalgae for its anticancer potential. It concludes that phytoplankton could be helpful in reducing metastasis and could thus be considered for being developed into therapeutic agents, subject to further research. [4]

Detoxify the Body

Using this type of plankton can stimulate the kidneys and also flush the body of excess toxins, thanks to its boosting effect on the immune system and its impressive concentration of antioxidants.

Liver Health

Studies have found that phytoplankton can be directly absorbed by the cells that the body needs, and doesn’t require processing by the liver, which can reduce the strain on one of your body’s hardest-working organs.

Immune System

People who take these supplements have higher T-cell counts, which means their immune system is working more effectively. [5]

Cell Regeneration

Some of the most valuable phytoplankton varieties contain nearly every nutrient the body requires for cellular growth. So if you use the very best supplements, you can greatly stimulate cellular regeneration for healing and growth. [6]

Heart Ailments

This substance is known to relieve inflammation and prevent the formation of blood clots, thus lowering your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes, among others. [7]

How to Use Phytoplankton?

The two main forms of these supplements are liquid or powder.

  • Powdered form: Most experts recommend the powdered form, which can be grown in a stress-free environment and slowly dried into a usable, concentrated powder.
  • Liquid form: This form is inherently diluted to a certain degree, and will not deliver a concentrated dose of this microorganism.

You can add powdered phytoplankton to cranberry juice or grape juice to cut through the rather strong taste, but remember, moderation is key when using this supplement!

Phytoplankton Side Effects

Due to the incredibly concentrated nature of this microorganic supplement, you only need a very small amount for it to have an effect.

  • Marine Toxicity: Be sure you know the source of your supplement, since marine toxicity is a real threat to phytoplankton, and can result in severe side effects if consumed. [8]
  • Pregnancy & Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, your body is even more susceptible to potential dangers from this supplement, so it should be avoided.
  • Drug Interactions: Be sure to speak with your doctor about any potential drug interactions when taking this supplement, particularly if you suffer from an autoimmune disease.
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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