What is phytoplankton? A short answer to this question would be “Phytoplankton are microscopic marine algae that are responsible for up to 90% of the oxygen in our atmosphere and are a source of life in the ocean”. To understand the full scope of how amazing phytoplankton is let’s dive deeper into this definition.
Phytoplankton are microscopic marine algae
Marine Phytoplankton is responsible for up to 90% of the oxygen in our atmosphere
Marine phytoplankton is responsible for all the life in the ocean
Marine phytoplankton is the primary food source, directly or indirectly, of nearly all sea organisms. A number of sea creatures like krill, shrimp and jellyfish feed on them, which in turn become food for crustaceans and fish. Even larger organisms, such as whales and turtles, include phytoplankton as a part of their diet.
But what about humans?
If marine phytoplankton can support life of the whole marine ecosystem, can it provide us, humans, with vitamins and nutrients that are lacking in our organisms?
“Future of nutrition is found in the ocean”. – Jacques Cousteau
Help the body to metabolize fats and proteins
Help in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums
Help with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
Help stimulate the immune system
Aid in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters
Protect the circulatory system
Help reduce allergies
Help level blood pressure
Help in wound healing
Help carry oxygen and proteins throughout the body