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Karen® Phytoplankton Gaditae® is a single cellular sea plant known as the origin of the food chain. This super nutrient dense strain of phytoplankton was sourced out by pioneering Canadian phytoplankton researcher David Hunter. Although smaller than a red blood cell, it is considered to be the basis of all nutrition. In fact, phytoplankton is the primary nutrition for most sea life, a master producer of oxygen for our planet and  responsible for providing the healthy long chain polyunsaturated omega 3 fats to many fish. Further to being the origin source of the active omega 3 EPA, critical to life for humans, this microscopic green food is complete in nutrition with over 75 nutrients; including a plethora of carotenoids, vitamins C, E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, boron, vanadium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin K, chlorophyll, complete lean protein, and moderate amounts of healthy fats, with small amounts of healthy carbohydrates.

Phytoplankton microscopic image

To be exact, the protein content is 50% of the calories, including all essential amino acids, the profile of healthy fats is 20% of the calories, with the majority of fat (50%) coming from the health critical EPA, and only 26% of calories from healthy naturally occurring carbohydrates. These ratios of macro-nutrients are supportive of healthier blood sugars, which equates to sustained energy, reduced inflammation, better metabolism, mental clarity, and a better sense of well being. Interestingly, most people that consume Karen® Phytoplankton Gaditae® state that they feel much more sustained energy, and the mental fog lifts so they feel they are able to think more clearly.

Phytoplankton is the only plant that provides the active form of EPA, making it a highly unique form of sea plant. This microscopic form of omega 3 is very well tolerated, with many naturally occurring enzymes and fat soluble antioxidant nutrients suggested to enhance the stability of EPA and its bio-availability; meaning better absorption at the cellular level. Thus, optimally supporting  the intake of omega 3 fatty acids for better health. This source of omega 3 is a great way for both vegans and non-vegans to ensure they are reaching their daily needs for such an invaluable nutrient.

Karen® Phytoplankton is also known to provide significant amounts of vitamin B12, approximately 34 ucg/100 grams of vitamin B12 in the form of cyanocobalamin. Other popular algae sources including Spirulina, do not contain reliable sources of vitamin B12, they only provide analogues, which are not reliable for meeting dietary needs. Therefore, many vegans typically include phytoplankton Gaditae® as a significant dietary source of vitamin B12 to help meet their daily nutrition needs for this important essential nutrient.

Karen® Phytoplankton has been tested by independent labs for its total antioxidant capacity, and not surprisingly, this green superfood provides 9500 TE/ umol/100 g, which ranks close to 2 times higher than prunes, 4 times higher than blueberries, 9 times higher than spinach and kale, and 2 times higher than select strains of Spirulina. It’s high ORAC levels are reflective of better protection against cellular aging, and cellular damage. In other words, it provides stronger overall protection against disease. This may in part help explain all the amazing reported health testimonials associated with Karen® Phytoplankton Gaditae®.

Karen® Phytoplankton is also known to be a dietary source the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), which is a critical antioxidant as a first line defense for quenching superoxide radicals. Superoxide radicals are reactive oxygen species that are known to increase the risk for many diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disorders, cancer, atherosclerosis and ocular disease. So an intake of more food rich in antioxidant nutrients or containing superoxide dismutase (SOD) may help exert strong protection against disease. Emerging research in Spain is showing huge health potentials with an exclusive phytoplankton strain to potentially treat very challenging disease states such as Alzheimer’s. Scientists are speculating that the impressive antioxidant profile of phytoplantkon may help reduce the formation of beta amyloid to prevent progression and or onset of Alzheimer’s Dementia, preliminary results are promising.

Nutritionists and health enthusiasts truly appreciate all that Karen® Phytoplankton Gaditae® has to offer, its considered to be the king of the superfoods simply due to its impressive nutritional profile, its rich source of EPA omega 3 fatty acids, its lean protein content, its significant vitamin B12 levels and its high antioxidant profile. It is the essence of achieving more balanced nutrition with the sensible use of a super food supplement that is considered the origin of the food chain.

Key Features of Karen® Phytoplankton Gaditae®:

  • Grown in state of the art facility under the highest levels of food safety standards
  • Not harvested from the ocean, ensuring sustainability and safety from contaminants
  • Origin of the food chain complete in nutrition, with over 75 nutrients
  • Rich source of lean, complete protein
  • Only plant food rich in the active omega 3 fat EPA, providing 8000 mg EPA/100gram
  • Only plant source of vegan vitamin B12
  • Provides 2.5 mg of dietary iron per gram
  • High antioxidant ORAC level of 9500TE umol/100g, close to twice the amount of select strains of Spirulina
  • Source of naturally occurring superoxide dismutase (SOD)
  • Healthy ratio of macro-nutrients supporting more sustained blood sugar levels and energy
  • Karen Phytoplankton Gaditae provides only pure high quality nutrient dense phytoplankton with each dose, providing up to 40 times more phytoplankton compared with leading competitors. This equates to 40 times more nutritional support.
1. Nutritional Values of Gaditae Phytoplankton vs. Other SuperFoods (per 100 g)
SuperFood ORAC TE (umol)* EPA (grams)** Mg (mg)*** Vitamin B12 (ug)****

*ORAC is a measure of total antioxidant activity

**EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) is the active form of essential omega 3 fatty acids

***Mg (Magnesium) essential mineral

****Microgram levels of active essential vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)


  • Alex Hurst is a writer for HUM@Nmedia covering Optimyz and Silver magazines in print and digital editions and is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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