Algae emerged on our planet an estimated three-and-a-half billion years ago as the original, single-cell life form to perform photosynthesis (harnessing the sun’s energy), thus releasing atmospheric oxygen and facilitating the creation and flourishing of our entire food chain. So this puts algae squarely at the very foundation of this chain.
Why should you be ingesting algae? As one of the most efficient “photosynthesizers” on the planet, algae uses light energy, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen to synthesize a potent profile of proteins, carbs, fats, vitamins, nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), chlorophyll and a host of other plant pigments. This makes blue-green algae one of the single most nutrient-dense food sources on earth, boasting a whole host of benefits for the body, blood and brain. And although we’ve seen a resurgence of blue-green in the health food industry over these past few decades, it’s actually been an invaluable dietary staple in many traditions through the years, most notably, perhaps, to the almighty Aztecs.
But don’t go down to your local pond to find some. Most of the earth’s resources are contaminated, so you have to find clean sources of algae that have been properly harvested and processed (freeze-dried) for human consumption. You can find these down at the best health food stores in various capsules or tablets, or in a powder that you would add to a smoothie.