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Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA)

Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) is more commonly known as blue-green algae. AFA first appeared on the earth about 4 billion years ago.  It was the first form of life on the earth.

Over time (about 3 billion years ago) it developed into larger cells which became 2 types of bacteria.

From there the cells evolved into prokaryotic cells (small cells with no nucleus) and eukaryotic cells (cells with a nucleus--1,000 times larger than AFA). That was 2 billion years ago.

In the last billion years, DNA came into being and all of the other cells that worked together to create organisms came into being--like you and me.

There are approximately 40,000 species of algae.

Approximately 39,000 are large cells.

There are 1,000 different species of blue-green algae.

998 blue-green algae are toxic to human beings (but okay to ingest after consumed by other animals).

Only AFA and spirulina are safe for direct human consumption.

AFA is a cold water algae which has hardier than spirulina, has more EFAs and grows naturally (versus being harvested artificially like spirulina). Therefore, AFA supplies the greatest amount of essential fatty acids and many more nutrients than any other blue-green algae for human consumption.

Have you ever heard the saying . . .
"Eat cold water fish to stay healthy?"

It is commonly known that cold water fish are a natural source of essential fatty acids (EFAs). However, the fish have EFAs because they eat the algae. So why not just eat the algae yourself and get your EFAs directly?

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