What is Marine Phytoplankton?
Marine Phytoplankton, the single-cell plants are the food utilized by the worlds largest and longest living animals and fish. They are the basis of all other life forms on planet earth, the 'vegetation' of the ocean. Phytoplankton are responsible for making up to 90% of Earth's oxygen.
Nearly all life in the ocean is dependent on plants. Only plants have the ability to manufacture food out of inorganic substances, such as energy from the sun. Thus all animals are dependent on plants, since animals cannot derive nutrition from inorganic substances. Being the original producers, plants form the first link in the food chain, a sequence of organisms in which each is food for the next member in the sequence.
Oceanographers worldwide pay close attention to phytoplankton and with good reason. The microscopic plants that form the vast foundation of the marine food chain generate a staggering amount of power, and now a groundbreaking study led by Florida State University has calculated just how much –– about five times the annual total power consumption of the human world. Phytoplankton store as much energy as humans produce in a year. As food, that energy powers the swimmers who churn the oceans and ultimately help regulate the world's climate.
In an article published in the Yale University Journal of Marine Research, the power stored chemically in the world’s phytoplankton equaled 63 billion kilowatts. Thus, marine phytoplankton is not only an incredible source of nutrition as the foundation of the food chain, but is a vitally important source of bio-energy as well.
How You Can Benefit From Marine Phytoplankton
Eating closer to the base of the food web (primary producers), transfers more energy and nutrients to you. It is reassuring to know that a microscopic but highly powerful organism like marine phytoplankton contains the positive energy that we need to thrive, despite the hazards of environmental toxicity, stress and nutrient-depleted food.
Marine phytoplankton provides a rare and complete food that gives the body virtually all of the raw materials that it needs, in one single source, to produce healthy new cells and nero-chemicals for the body and the brain. Phytoplankton have an alkaline pH which is what you want to combat the disease producing effects of acidity. (Cancer grows in an acid environment).
"Marine Phytoplankton is an ideal food for mankind. It's Mother Earth's milk from the ocean. The research we are designing at the University of Utah Medical School testing the health benefits of Marine Phytoplankton is very exciting and promising."- Hugo Rodier, MD, Nutritional professor at University of Utah Medical School