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By Source: Health Watch • • January 2, 1997

Blue-green algae, known to scientists as Aphanizomenon flosaquae (AFA), is quickly becoming a favorite form of nutrition for many. Why? Because it’s one of the most nutrient-dense dietary supplements on the market. Here are some of the most common reasons people take the supplement:

It is high in all eight essential amino acids and nutrients.
It is a rich source of chlorophyll, which helps cell regeneration and blood purification.
It is high in beta-carotene.
It is convenient for people on the move.
Whole green foods have just recently caught the attention of the media, because they reportedly help many people increase mind-brain function. Others have found it helps sustain energy levels throughout the day.

Newsweek recently reported that blue-green algae is one of the fastest growing items in the exploding health food market. It is a perfect anabolic green food, containing all eight essential amino acids. For example, amino acids found in blue-green algae are of low molecular weight, which means that the molecules are small enough to pass through the blood-brain barrier, a feature of the nervous system that prevents bacteria, chemicals, and other harmful substances from entering the brain. Neuropeptides made from the amino acids in blue-green algae pass easily through this filtering mechanism into the brain. As a result, some of the first effects of blue-green algae reported by many people who take it are increased mental alertness, improved memory, and the ability to communicate more clearly; for this reason, it is often called a "brain food."

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