Four Sigma Foods 101 – Phytoplankton
Posted on 17th March 2012, by Mikko.

Four Sigma Foods 101 – Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton is the general name given to a multitude of microscopic, unicellular plant species, living in most bodies of water on Earth – from oceans and seas to lakes and ponds and even puddles. Phytoplankton are responsible for more than half of all the planet’s photosynthetic activity, and play a major role in maintaining the world’s supply of atmospheric oxygen. In fact, it is estimated phytoplankton produces more oxygen than all of Earth’s forests combined. Phytoplankton has supported other aquatic life forms for the last three billion years – both directly and as the lowest link in many food chains. Phytoplankton affects all life on Earth, both at sea and ashore.

 Research studies have found phytoplankton to contain every single nutrient necessary for building and maintaining human cells.

Interestingly, this tiniest of plants is essential to the diet of the world’s largest mammal, the blue whale. Blue whales eat krill – a type of animal plankton. Krill eat only phytoplankton. So one could argue that the food chain from phytoplankton to blue whale is short and simple indeed. Nevertheless, supported so directly by microscopic plants, the blue whale can grow to greater than 108 ft (33 meters) in length and 200 tons (180 metric tons) in weight. It can swim hundreds of kilometers without stopping, its brain is the world’s largest, and its nervous system the healthiest. Its life span ranges from 80 to 150 years, and it maintains sexual prowess its entire life. All on a diet based exclusively on the smallest of living creatures.

Why to Use Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton may be the most nutrient-dense food on Earth. Research studies have found phytoplankton to contain every single nutrient necessary for building and maintaining human cells. Truly a miracle food, phytoplankton is the world’s richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C and D, all 22 amino acids and all known biologically necessary minerals. Phytoplankton also contains nucleotides, which energize the body at the cellular level.

If you want to ensure your body gets all the building blocks it needs to thrive, if you want a steady and sustainable energy stream, and if you want high-potency nourishment for your brain and nervous system, phytoplankton may be your best possible choice.

Credit: Nasa


How to Use Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton is currently available in two major forms: liquid and freeze-dried. You should ignore low-quality phytoplankton products, such as those that have been pasteurized or cooked – the processing destroys too many precious nutrients.

Where to Buy Phytoplankton

At this time, phytoplankton products can be rather difficult to find, no matter where you live. It’s possible to find them at some of the larger health food and nutrition stores, and from a few small, specialized suppliers. We at FSF like to use the following phytoplankton products:

Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton | This is just hot!

Amazon (Affiliate): Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton

Amazon US: Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton

Sunfood Ocean’s Alive Marine Phytoplankton | A high quality product from a high quality brand

Amazon US (Affiliate): Sunfood Ocean’s Alive Marine Phytoplankton

Amazon US:  Sunfood Ocean’s Alive Marine Phytoplankton


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