An interesting study published in 1995 (Author: Sevulla) reported an 81% improvement in the academic scores of children who took one gram of spirulina algae daily for six months.
I am not aware of other studies examining the link between micro-algae and intellectual function, but this study alone is interesting enough to warrant a closer look. An 81% improvement is dramatic, to say the least. And the dosage of spirulina used — a mere one gram — which is only 1/10th the recommended standard dosage is remarkable. What results could be achieve with Bio-Algae Concentrates? We have many testimonials from parents and teachers of children that tell of positive academic and behavioral changes after they begin consuming BAC. I will discuss the likely causes for these results below. Later on in this book, I will also discuss how BAC can benefit children and adults affected with autism or ADD/HD.
Anecdotal results abound from people that feel more focused and have better clarity of mind after using Bio-Algae Concentrates. Many share with us that they find their short term memory has improved, they remember telephone numbers, recall their dreams, etc. These results are very likely due to the presence of several nutrients and phytonutrients in BAC that have close affinities with the brain. Orthomolecular medicine has shown that there is a clear connection between nutrients, brain function, mood and even mental disease. Several nutrient deficiencies are linked to depression and mental disorders such as autism and ADD/HD.
Many micro and macro minerals and vitamins such as pro-vitamin A and the B complex are required daily in order for the brain to function optimally. To some extent, all of us have nutrients deficiencies as some nutrients are not easily obtained from our diets or delivered to the brain due to poor assimilation.
Bio-Algae Concentrates contain all known required nutrients and phytonutrients. In addition, large clinical and industrial trials with animals and human and shown that these nutrients are extremely bioavailable as they occur in BAC. These characteristics set it up to be an incredible brain food. Of the many phytonutrients contained in BAC, let’s take a look at two that have been linked to brain function: Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) and phycocyanin (a blue pigment).
Phycocyanin is known to enhance the performance of the brain and nervous system. However, it is difficult to obtain from an average diet since the presence of this pigment in plants and food is extremely rare:
Important to note in the area of prevention, spirulina is richly supplied with the blue pigment phycocyanin, a biliprotein which has been shown to inhibit cancer-colony formation. Predominant blue pigmentation in food is rare. The chemical reality of spirulina’s blue color is demonstrated by its effect in the brain. Here phycocyanin helps draw together amino acids for neurotransmitter formation, which increases mental capacity.
– Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
The GLA content of food is another important factor to brain nutrition. As I mentioned previously, the human brain is around 80% fat. Nerve tissues in the brain need “healthy” fats in order to function properly, and GLA is one of the healthiest fats you can consume. Human breast milk contains high quantities of GLA. In fact, breast milk is the number one source of GLA on the planet and spirulina algae is number two.
Breast milk contains GLA because human infants need to quickly build brain mass in order to boost their chances of survival. A bigger, better brain allows a child to more quickly comprehend language, social interactions, environmental cues, interpret sensory input and so on. So mother’s milk provides precisely the nutrients needed by infants to help them survive.
Cow’s milk, on the other hand, is designed to help baby cows survive. That has a lot less to do with brain function and a lot more to do with helping grow a baby cow to several hundred pounds and enabling it to run more quickly. Cow’s milk, not surprisingly, has virtually no GLA. Baby cow brains simply are not as important to their survival as the brains of human infants.
That is also one reason why cow’s milk is a terrible nutritional choice for humans. Cow’s milk is the perfect food for baby cows, but a gross mismatch for the nutritional needs of baby humans. Even worse is the fact that adult human beings consume the mother’s milk of another species. This is a truly unique and even bizzare habit. No other mammal on Earth consumes the milk of other species and every mammal manages to wean itself off milk entirely except humans. When I see adult humans drinking cow’s milk, I always wonder why they are drinking baby food.
Back on the topic of brain food, the phycocyanin content of Bio-Algae Concentrates combined with its GLA content (the good fats that heal) provide a compelling reason to consume these micro-algae. The GLA provides your brain and nervous system with the nutrients it needs to be healthy, while the phycocyanin inhibits tumorigenesis and increases brain functionality. It is a powerful combination and it is one reason I recommend that people consume Bio-Algae Concentrates every day of their life.