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What is Marine Phytoplankton Good for?

What is Marine Phytoplankton Good for?

Phytoplankton is known as the nutritionally dense superfood that almost everyone wants and needs in their diet. This superfood provides numerous benefits you wouldn’t be able to find in just any sort of supplement on the market.   When compared to the other superfood options […]

What Happens When You give Your Dog Marine Phytoplankton?

What Happens When You give Your Dog Marine Phytoplankton?

Marine phytoplankton is thought to be one of the most nutritious plants in the world. It has high levels of antioxidants, chlorophyll (type A), zeaxanthin, beta carotene, a source of omega 3 fatty acid EPA, and a complete vegan protein. Since marine phytoplankton is so […]

How to Feed a Coral Reef Tank

How to Feed a Coral Reef Tank

Corals in a saltwater reef tank are not only beautiful, but they require minimal work to look that way. Having the proper information to keep the coral, fish, and tank healthy is ideal before purchasing and setting up this type of tank.

 

There are not only food items you can add to the tank, but supplements that keep the fish and coral as healthy as can be. Having information about these products helps to keep the tank lasting for years to come, and also looking it’s best, which is why anyone would want to bring a part of the coral reef to their home.

 

Corals Were Once Hard to Keep in Aquarium Systems

The water quality was once not able to allow corals to live within them. This is because of the acidic levels, the nitrates, and phosphates that were too much for the coral to deal with. Due to this, it is important to note that taking care of the water is one of the biggest tasks that you have to keep level at all times. The lighting that is being used inside these aquariums has also improved, helping the health of the water and the coral living within it.

Feeding Your Coral in the Tank

Coral eat in different ways depending on their original habitat in the wild and their specific coral genetics. They usually feed off of the lighting, as well as the nutrients you place in the water. They use:

 

Zooxanthellae Algae

This alga naturally happens in the tank, but sometimes even using a bit of marine phytoplankton can help to provide the nutrients that these corals need to thrive within this contained environment.

 

This is also what keeps the coral looking bright and healthy. This is why these algae are so important for the tank and the coral living in it.

 

Direct Feeding

Some coral, such as Plate Corals or Elegance Corals need larger prey to eat within the water. This is usually frozen phytoplankton or plankton that can be added to the water and the coral would hunt and then eat the prey.

 

Freeze-dried phytoplankton can also provide nutrients, but generally, the corals prefer them to be whole and frozen, so this might be a supplemental option for those who want to give their tank more nutrients.

 

Indirect Feeding

Bacteria, algae, and leftover food that fish do not eat are consumed by the coral usually. This offers additional nutrients to them that they may not be getting from the other food sources that are being offered. Providing the water with a nutrient-rich base can also help the coral maintain strong, healthy and vibrant.

 

Your coral reef tank can be beautiful, but you have to ensure that you’re keeping up on it and providing the many things that it might need to survive, including food and supplements to keep it healthy and thriving. Always purchase quality products for your tanks from a reputable seller, because what you feed your tank is just as important as what you feed yourself.

6 Incredible Phytoplankton Health Benefits

6 Incredible Phytoplankton Health Benefits

Phytoplankton is a small, microscopic plant that resides in the ocean. These microscopic plants are vital to not only the ocean but the entire world. Phytoplankton is the base of the food chain. They are responsible for creating our planet’s atmosphere and letting life flourish. […]

Is your horse getting enough ESAs?

Is your horse getting enough ESAs?

  Do you know how to ensure your horse is healthy? Many think their feed is perfect, but that’s not always the case. Horses require a specific kind of diet rich in certain nutrients to thrive. Without the right feed, they could end up ill […]

Marine Phytoplankton Nannochloropsis and  Blue Spirulina Phycocyanin– What You Need to Know or Better said what you WANT to Know

Marine Phytoplankton Nannochloropsis and Blue Spirulina Phycocyanin– What You Need to Know or Better said what you WANT to Know

Do you want to know why Marine Phytoplankton & Blue Spirulina Phycocyanin are so Important?
Do want to know the Specifics on how Nanno cleans 70% of the Air we are Breathing in?
Read This.

Recently there has been a great deal of press regarding the health benefits of algae. Not only is algae vitally important to the health of our planet and its oceans and waterways, the evidence is mounting as to its promise in many areas from human health and wellness to the health and wellness of land animals as well. It is information you need to know! Let’s begin with a brief explanation of some of the most noteworthy algae before we dive into Nannochloropsis and Phycocyanin.

Marine Phytoplankton

Marine phytoplankton is ocean algae. It is full of nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and minerals. Filled with all the nutrients needed for life on earth, marine phytoplankton is nicknamed “the foundation of the food chain.” Nannochloropsis is marine phytoplankton, the origin of all plankton on earth, and as such is responsible for 70 percent of the earth’s oxygen. Without nannochloropsis, life on earth would end, through starvation or asphyxiation. You can likely see the point, if nannochloropsis is responsible for life indirectly, think of all the probable benefits for your health – but more on that shortly.

Spirulina

Spirulina is freshwater algae, blue green in color and officially classified as Cyanobacteria. A single-celled algae, Spirulina thrives in warm, freshwater, favoring alkaline lakes and ponds. Phycocyanin, a water soluble pigment protein is derived from Spirulina and shows great promise due to anti-inflammatory properties and neuroprotective effects as well as other benefits.

Chlorella

Chlorella is also a single-celled green algae most often found in freshwater, soil, and tree bark. Unlike Spirulina and marine phytoplankton, Chlorella, while offering health benefits requires special processing for human consumption.

Aquaculture – How Nannochloropsis is Grown

Using natural light, daylight (no artificial light), and natural seawater from the depths (no added salt), Mr Ros Nannochloropsis is grown naturally in. The aquaculture process for cultivating Nannochloropsis is more difficult and more costly than that of Spirulina and Chlorella. The producer of Mr Ros’s Nannochloropsis has more than 10 years’ knowledge and experience in its cultivation.

Nannochloropsis thrives in cold water and lots of light essentially living in a bubble where they transform the sea, converting carbon dioxide (CO2) and pollutants into oxygen (O2) as well as the optimal food source of fatty acids, proteins, nutrients, and minerals which are the basis of the food chain. Nannochloropsis is self-regulating, going deeper in the water or elevating themselves higher as needed for survival and subsequent oxygen and food production.

Nannochloropsis – The Benefits

These microalgae “eat the sea” and make the critical contribution to the control of environmental pollution, providing 70 percent of the earth’s oxygen, while providing the food for the ocean’s creatures. Nannochloropsis feed the zooplankton, which in turn feed the coral, fish, and other creatures of the deep.

Currently, Mr Ros is working alongside the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) at the University of Miami to save the crucial coral population around the world. Gijs Starre, founder of Mr Ros discovered their efforts after viewing a Netflix documentary and called to offer assistance. The result, a collaboration intended to save 425 species of coral. In order to save the coral, grow it, and successfully reintroduce it to the sea, the coral is being fed a diet of nutrient rich Mr Ros Nannochloropsis paste by the RSMAS team of researchers at the University. 

Nannochloropsis may be the ultimate healthy whole food source for humans and other creatures of the earth. Offering high levels of phospholipid Omega 3s, this marine phytoplankton is a natural and sustainable alternative to popular fish/krill oil Omegas. In addition, Nannochloropsis features a multitude of healthful nutrients including every essential amino acid, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and more.

Phycocyanin from Spirulina

Spirulina or edible Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) is quite popular as a health food. Having survived for billions of years, Cyanobacteria are believed to be the bridge between green plants and bacteria. Their ability to harvest and utilize sunlight is more effective than most green plants as is their ability to utilize various forms of energy. Phycocyanin is the light harvesting, water soluble pigment protein derived from Spirulina. Studies have shown Phycocyanin to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective benefits.

Anti-inflammatory Effects

Recent research concludes the anti-inflammatory effects are due to Phycocyanin’s ability to inhibit cyclooxygenase2 (COX-2) an inflammatory enzyme. Currently, the most common pharmaceutical inhibitors of COX enzymes are NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) including aspirin and ibuprofen, which while curbing inflammation and reducing pain come with a multitude of undesirable side effects (gastrointestinal issues, ulceration, anticoagulant effects, anxiety, and more).

Studies demonstrate Phycocyanin from Spirulina is COX selective, which allows it to alleviate inflammation and pain without the side effects common with the use of NSAIDS which are not COX-2 selective. The treatment has been successfully tested in dogs, cats, horses, and humans in the treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory disorders. As part of the research protocols, the Phycocyanin extract was created and administered as tablets or capsules, made palatable and pharmaceutically appropriate for animals. Concentrations of Phycocyanin ranged from 0.1 percent to 20 percent by weight. For example, units tested were 31.25 mg, 62.5 mg, 125 mg, 250 mg, and 500 mg in dogs ranging in weight (pounds) 5–15, 16–30. 31–60, 61-120, and 120-pounds. The results showed Phycocyanin to be effective in the treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases in the relief of inflammation and pain.

Antioxidant Properties

The safety of Spirulina’s Phycocyanin is well established through centuries of use along with extensive toxicology studies. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, Phycocyanin also offers antioxidant properties and has been linked to the prevention of neurological diseases. Phycocyanin is second only to carotenoids in the amount of researched performed on algal pigments. Phycocyanin has been shown to fight free radicals as well as decrease oxidative stress which is theorized to be the cause of degenerative disorders. Phycocyanin antioxidants inhibit free radicals including the superoxides.

Anticoagulant Activity and Platelet Activation

In a recent study, human subjects were given a daily dose of ACE (aqueous Cyanophyta extract) with high levels of Phycocyanin equal to 1 gram phycocyanin daily (GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)). In the study, safety regarding anticoagulant activity and platelet activation status was established in addition to the rapid relief of chronic pain as well as enhanced liver function and metabolism. 

Anti-Cancer Effects and Immune Enhancement Function

Along with the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Phycocyanin shows great promise in early studies for both its anti-cancer effects and ability to enhance immune function. Ongoing studies have demonstrated Phycocyanin’s anti-cancer effects such as blocking tumor cell cycles and tumor cell apoptosis (cell death).  Further research is needed, but Phycocyanin has evidenced potential as an anti-cancer medication as well as a supplementary anti-cancer medication which can reduce current effective doses and in turn minimize side effects while enhancing positive effects.

Overall Health and Wellness Studies including Nannochloropsis and Phycocyanin have already demonstrated each superfoods health and wellness effects and more studies are underway. Here you have gleaned the latest information regarding both Nannochloropsis and Phycocyanin and more is coming. Today, you can find multiple products for humans and pets featuring Nannochloropsis at MrRos.com as well as the Mr Ros Amazon store, as well as the latest Phycocyanin with Marine Phytoplankton for Horses.  Stay tuned, we will come with much more amazing information.

All You Need to know About Dry Skin on Dogs

All You Need to know About Dry Skin on Dogs

Have you noticed your dog scratching a lot? Do you see what appears to be little white flakes all over them? If so, what you’re seeing is dandruff. It’s dry skin and is very similar to what humans get on their heads. But what causes […]

Fish Oil Supplements Harm the Ocean and They May Not Even Be That Good for You

Fish Oil Supplements Harm the Ocean and They May Not Even Be That Good for You

VICE | By Lauren Rothman | Aug 6 2018, 11:28pm Fish Oil Supplements Harm the Ocean and They May Not Even Be That Good for You The fish oil industry could lead to the collapse of certain species and we can’t even prove omega-3 supplements are […]

How to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy

How to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy

Keeping Your Dog Healthy

Your dog is more than just a pet, they’re a member of your family! Just like any family member, you want to make certain your furry friend is happy and healthy. Keeping your pets healthy is important since they can’t always speak for themselves when they’re not feeling well. If you’re worried about your dog’s health, here are a few things you can do to make certain they’re as healthy as possible.

Make Sure They’re Eating Right

Are you feeding your dog the correct amount of food? A study published by the American Chemical Society entitled “Metabonomic Investigations of Aging and Caloric Restriction in a Life-Long Dog Study” actually showed that dogs who ate about 25 percent less than what most vets and pet food manufacturers recommended lived on average two years longer than other dogs. This means that just like people, dogs who are a healthy weight live longer and have fewer health issues.

It’s also important to remember that dogs don’t have the same health needs as humans. Feeding your dog table scraps is often much worse than giving him too much dog food. Human food often contains much more sodium, sugars, and other things that are not good for your pets.

Finally, be sure the dog food you’re feeding your pet is actually good for them. Some of the cheaper dog foods don’t contain that much actual meat. Any dog foods that are high in corn or wheat gluten, food dyes, or BHA/BHT should be avoided.

Exercise Is Important, too

Of course, just like with humans, exercise is also a very important part of staying healthy. You need to make certain your dog gets the exercise they need on a regular basis. That means you have to go out walking more than once every few weeks. You need to walk your dog at least a few times a week plus give them space to run around. If your dog is kept in the house all day, you’ll need to offer them some way of exercising when you get home. If you don’t have a backyard, that means you need to take them walking or to the dog park regularly.

Exercise does more than just help your dog maintain a healthy weight. It also helps them feel less stressed and have fun. It also has some great benefits for you, too, since it gets you to exercise.

Look into Supplements

There are also some very beneficial supplements you can give to your dog to keep them healthy. Of course, as with food, you want to make certain that you’re feeding your dog the best supplements possible. For example, fish oil supplements aren’t exactly good for your pets. One of the best supplements available for dogs is marine phytoplankton. This supplement will help keep your dog’s coat shiny, boost their immune system, and help keep their heart, brain, eyes, and skin healthy. It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, a vital supplement.

Then there’s sunflower lecithin. This type of fatty substance can be found naturally in sunflowers, and it helps with cholesterol and boost the circulatory and nervous systems. While some supplements include soy lecithin, sunflower lecithin actually has a number of benefits over soy. It contains no chemicals, is high in choline and other fatty acids, and won’t cause any type of allergic reaction.

These are just a few ways of keeping your dog happy and healthy. With a good diet, exercise, and the right supplements, your furry friend will avoid many of the common health issues dogs face as they age.

Mr Ros Marine Phytoplankton for Dogs and Cats

 

Algae and Other Superfoods

Algae and Other Superfoods

Simply put, superfoods are foods. But what makes them “super”? While there is no scientific definition for a superfood, those foods with such a label are known to be nutritionally dense, and contain high levels of essential vitamins and minerals. Many are also rich in […]