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

The name phytoplankton comes from two greek words: phyto (plant) and plankton (made to wander or drift). Phytoplankton are microscopic organisms that drift with water currents, they can be found in lakes, streams and oceans. Phytoplankton is made of very tiny – usually one-celled – plants, you can’t see them with a naked eye.
What is so special about this algae that according to NASA and other scientists, marine phytoplankton could be the most important plant in the world?

Marine Phytoplankton is responsible for up to 90% of the oxygen in our atmosphere

That’s more than all the forests in the world put together! Like land plants, phytoplankton have chlorophyll to capture sunlight, and they use photosynthesis to turn it into chemical energy. This reduces CO2 in the water and allows water to take in more from the atmosphere. This also provides the ocean with organic carbon, making phytoplankton a major factor in the Carbon cycle. The carbon is transferred to other levels of the ocean after being eaten by various sea creatures. This process helps to transfer 10 gigatons of carbon to the deep ocean every year, which greatly helps to keep the climate system in check.

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

The human body is an amazing system! However, if a crucial component is depleted, such as a mineral or a vitamin, the body malfunctions leading to poor health. Realizing this, many people are turning to marine phytoplankton to improve their health and wellbeing, rid themselves of disease and increase their energy levels.
Let’s take MARPHYL® Marine Phytoplankton as an example. It’s 100% pure and wild and consists of up to 80 different species of marine phytoplankton. It is rich in trace minerals, antioxidants, carotenoids, essential amino acids, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, macronutrients, proteins, vitamins, DHA, EPA, fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6.
When taken as a supplement, it can:
  • 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

  • Provide antioxidants

  • Protect the circulatory system

  • Help reduce allergies

  • Help level blood pressure

  • Help in wound healing

  • Help carry oxygen and proteins throughout the body

Your body absorbs and utilizes nutrients derived from natural plants more efficiently than it does from synthetic nutrients. We were able to take all these benefits and develop our marine phytoplankton to be used as an exceptional food supplement, sea salt, and soil enhancer.

Have you tried including marine phytoplankton in your life? Do you have any question regarding its benefits or MARPHYL Marine Phytoplankton products? Leave your questions and comments below.