Benefits of Consuming AFA Blue-Green Algae

Research shows consuming AFA supports the natural release of millions more of YOUR OWN adult stem cells. This happens within an hour of consuming two capsules of our product. These stem cells then become billions of young, healthy cells that renew, repair and rejuvenate the tissues in your body.

Super Blue-Green Algae is also known as Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae, AFA for short. It is a primordial food that grows naturally in Klamath Lake, Oregon USA. Cerule LLC harvests it from the wild when it blooms each summer.

People who consume AFA report many improvements to their health and wellbeing. The reasons for these improvements become clear when we know how our stem cells repair and renew us.

We Use and Recommend Cerule StemEnhance UltraWe Use and Recommend Cerule StemEnhance Ultra

StemEnhance® Ultra supports the body’s natural release of stem cells.*
Cerule LLC concentrates and combines extracts from freshwater microalgae (AFA and Spirulina) and marine macroalgae (undaria pinnatifida). These are Nature’s most primitive superfoods and provide ultimate stem cell support.
AFA Extract is called StemEnhance. It is blended with Fucoidan and Mesenkine™to create StemEnhance Ultra. Mesenkine supports the homing of stem cells by balancing key messengers involved in stem cell function.

AFA Contains Easy-to-Digest and Use Protein

Aphanizomenon Flos-aqua (AFA) blue-green algae contain mostly soft proteins and polysaccharides. These are easily digested by our intestinal bacteria that in turn feed our blood and cells. This “softness” makes AFA one of nature’s most digestible and usable protein foods. This “soft” characteristic is unusual for plant cells.

AFA Blue-green algae is a complete protein source containing approximately 60 percent protein. Eighteen amino acids (protein building blocks) are present in AFA algae.

The protein and amino acids in AFA are easily used glycoproteins and amino acid peptides. This means it takes less energy to digest and use algae protein rather than animal proteins.

Neurotransmitters for brain health can be produced from AFA protein easily and swiftly because it is easy to digest.

Our body uses protein to construct, maintain and repair every tissue in our bodies. Our bones, teeth, muscles, nerves, glands, heart, blood, liver, skin, hair are all made with proteins. Plant-based, complete protein sources are a critically important food for the future. This is exactly what AFA algae provides.

A lack of protein is mostly associated with muscular weakness slow healing and brain chemistry imbalances

AFA helps build the blood

AFA helps build the blood

AFA is loaded with chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps build our blood. The pyrol ring in chlorophyll is identical to the pyrol ring found in haemoglobin. Chlorophyll fights leukaemia as well as certain forms of skin and liver cancer, according to published research. Additionally, chlorophyll helps to deodorise the bowels.

AFA supports the natural release of Bone Marrow Stem Cells

AFA contains an extraordinary concentration of the blue pigment phycocyanin. Phycocyanin helps the immune system by stimulating the production of more stem cells from the bone marrow.

Stem Cells can boost the Immune system.

Stem cells are the unspecialised form of all cells. They can become any cell in our body, including macrophages, B-cells, T-cells, NK cells, and other immune system cells.

AFA is rich in minerals essential to building healthy tissues

AFA is known to contain forty major and trace minerals. These are absorbed from nearly thirty feet of mineral sediment at the bottom of Klamath Lake.

Minerals are the atomic matrix of our bodies and are necessary to build every tissue including our bones, teeth, skin, hair, nails, internal organs, muscular system, immune system and nervous system.

Generally, the more processed our food is, the more mineral deficient it becomes. Weston Price’s work in Nutrition and Physical Degeneration demonstrates that the more one adopts a “civilized” diet, the more quickly mineral deficiency symptoms appear.

Mineral deficiencies are associated with every degenerative and chronic condition known to humankind. The key solution to mineral deficiencies appears to be including wild foods in our diet. AFA is a wild food.

Blue Green Algae is rich in B group vitamins

AFA is an excellent source of B vitamins including good amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12. B vitamins help fight stress by helping polysaccharides and other carbohydrates to more efficiently convert into glucose for energy, endurance, and stamina.

AFA is also an important source of vitamin C. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, including the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). AFA also contains the phospholipid choline which supports the brain and nervous system.

Amino Acids in AFA Might Help Chelate toxic heavy metals

Amino Acids in AFA Might Help Chelate toxic heavy metals

Some of the free amino acid peptides found in AFA may be responsible for helping to detoxify our bodies of heavy metals.

Dr. Gillian McKeith reports in her booklet, Miracle Superfood: Wild Blue-Green Algae, that in her clinical experience AFA algae is effective in chelating (removing) dangerous, toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and mercury.

She recommends consuming 6 to 10 grams to AFA blue-green algae daily for severe cases of heavy-metal toxicity.

Phycocyanin helps reduce inflammation and supports liver function

The antioxidant phycocyanin is a pigment that provides the intense blue colour in blue-green algae. Phycocyanin can constitute up to 15 percent of the dry weight of a blue-green algae harvest. This is approximately twice the concentration of the phycocyanin found in spirulina.

The rare, blue-coloured phycocyanin

  • helps inhibit the growth of certain cancer colonies,

  • reduces inflammation of the colitis,

  • fights chronic inflammation,

  • supports the liver, protects against free-radical damage,

  • improves the production of neurotransmitters, and,

  • aids production of rejuvenating stem cells.



  • operates with our own internal pigment bilirubin to keep the liver functioning at optimal levels.

  • helps with the formation of neurotransmitters by acting to assist in the attachment of one amino acid to another.

  • inhibits the enzymes cyclooxygenase (COX-2) and lipoxygenase. COX-2 and lipoxygenase are enzymes associated with the production of inflammatory compounds.

  • slows or stops the production of inflammatory and pain-forming reactions in the body by blocking COX-2 and lipoxygenase.

AFA Blue-Green Algae is naturally high in mood enhancing Phenylethylamine (PEA) which also helps improve mental clarity

PEA is known as the Molecule of Love! It increases our ability to concentrate and stay alert. PEA is abundant in the brains of happy people.

Elevated PEA levels occur when we are captivated by a good book, movie or project. this happens during those times we are so focused that we lose all track of time, food and the outside world.
PEA is an adrenal and brain chemical naturally synthesized in our bodies from two amino acids: phenylalanine and tyrosine. AFA algae has concentrated levels of natural phenylethylamine (PEA).

PEA: The Molecule of Love

PEA has also been dubbed the “Molecule of Love”. It helps to create feelings of attraction, excitement and euphoria. When we fall in love our PEA levels increase; we become peppy and full of optimism. The brain releases PEA when we are sexually aroused. PEA levels can peak during orgasm.

When the brain is flooded with PEA the neurotransmitter dopamine is then blocked from being deactivated and dopamine levels rise. These elevated dopamine levels help increase mental concentration and a positive attitude.

PEA also increases the effectiveness of another neurotransmitter, norepinephrine, which increases feelings of joy.

Pea and Aerobic exercise – the Runner’s High

Researchers found that aerobic exercise can elevate the body’s levels of PEA. PEA is part of the endorphin-induced “runner’s high” that enhances energy mood and attention.
Researchers had twenty healthy young men run on a treadmill for 30 minutes. The average concentration of PEA in the participants’ urine increased by 77 percent.
PEA is naturally abundant in cacao and blue-green algae (especially in blue phycocyanin). Blue-green algae works synergistically with cacao to enhance focus and attention. Together, they significantly elevate the presence of PEA in our brain.
AFA and cacao keep our PEA levels high, no matter what is happening in our life. One study looking at blue-green algae as a brain food followed 109 students who were fed blue-green algae. The study found they had a significant improvement in the ability to focus, follow directions and concentrate. Also, the children experienced a reduction in argumentative, demanding and combative behavior. They had fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression. They became more socially adept and less withdrawn.

PEA consumption decreases symptoms of depression

Patients suffering depression or bipolar disorders have lower than normal levels of PEA, according to research.
Drapeau, in Primordial Food, references a study that indicates oral doses of PEA at the rate of 10 mg per day decreased symptoms of depression in 60 percent of the patients tested. (*1)
PEA did not cause the patients to gain weight, as most people do with antidepressants; instead, they actually lost weight.
Whole AFA contains approximately 2 mg per gram of PEA. AFA concentrates are now available that contain 10mg of PEA per gram. PEA has no side effects, no chemical dependency issues and no tolerance limits over time. Doses may stay the same over long periods.
(*1) Sustained antidepressant effect of PEA replacement. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1996 Spring;8(2):168-71. Sabelli H1, Fink P, Fawcett J, Tom C.

PEA may contribute to weight loss

PEA appears to inhibit appetite and helps people to lose weight. Researchers performed a double-blind, crossover study with human patients. Supplementing the diets of obese outpatients with 2.8 grams of blue-green algae, three times daily for four weeks resulted in a statistically significant reduction of body weight.

AFA is an Excellent Source of Iron for Vegetarians

AFA algae is exceptionally rich in bioavailable iron. When one switches to a vegetarian diet, the iron normally acquired from blood sources (meat) must be drawn from plants, which may be challenging to some individuals. This is where AFA algae can help. AFA is an exceptional source of iron, which works with AFA’s manganese, copper, B vitamins and vitamin C to fight anemia especially in vegetarians who are adapting to non-blood (nonheme) iron sources in plants.


DNA and RNA are raw genetic material we call nucleic acids. AFA algae contains approximately 4% DNA and RNA. These nucleotides have antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Raw DNA and RNA from AFA algae can be stripped out of the algae by our digestive system. Our bodies use this raw DNA and RNA to assemble new, genetically healthy cells as well as to rejuvenate damaged cells and tissues.

AFA Blue Green Algae Supports Digestive Wellness

There are thousands of enzymes present in living and/or low temperature dried AFA algae. These enzymes help to assist our “enzyme cascade” which begins in digestion, continues through the assimilation of nutrients and ends in metabolism. The more enzymes we have in our diet, the easier time the body has with digestion and metabolism. Raw algae, honey and grasses (e.g. wheatgrass juice) are some of the richest sources of enzymes.


AFA algae is extraordinarily rich in carotenoids such as beta-carotene. Research continues to demonstrate that the greater the beta-carotene content of one’s diet, the longer one lives. Research science has shown that beta-carotene activates the thymus glad and the immune system. Dr. Charles Simone, author of Cancer and Nutrition describes that beta-carotene blocks the process whereby healthy cells turn into cancerous cells.

Beta-carotene is one of the safest food nutrients and is nontoxic, even in megadoses. If one’s skin begins to turn orange from an extremely high intake of beta-carotene, this is still safe and is not a cause for alarm. It simply indicates that one lacks a liver enzyme that breaks down certain carotene pigments. Some people have this liver enzyme and some people do not have it. If one slows or stops a high intake of carotene, the orange skin color will eventually return to normal.

AFA Blue green Algae Supplement Supports the Immune System and Prevents or Reduces Inflammation

In Primordial Food, Drapeau cites research performed by a team of scientists affiliated with the University of Illinois. The team was composed of one board-certified forensic examiner and microbiologist, one surgeon, and three physicians. More than two hundred cases were reviewed in this study. The study concluded that AFA appears to be effective in treating various viral conditions, chronic fatigue, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), depression, inflammatory diseases and fibromyalgia. The study suggests that AFA acts on the immune and nervous systems and prevents inflammation.

Studies done on AFA have demonstrated that it stimulates the migration of stem cells from the bone marrow into the blood and brain (mainly due to the actions of the blue pigment phycocyanin), stimulates white blood cells, and inhibits COX-2 activity, preventing inflammation and improving nervous-system health, as well as one’s overall mood.

Drapeau also cites research indicating that AFA, when consumed daily for several weeks, helps move natural killer (NK) cells out of the blood and into the tissues to patrol for and destroy damaged and diseased cells. Although green tea and ginkgo biloba leaf impove the activity of NK cells, no other substance has been found that stimulates this patrolling work.

Anti-Viral Properties in Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae

Researchers have discovered that a blue-green algae protein reduces the ability of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Ebola virus. The antiviral protein, known as cyanovirin-N (CV-N) can extend the survival time of the Ebola-infected mice. There is currently no treatment for Ebola infection, which causes severe and often fatal hemorrhagic fever. “CV-N is extremely effective against a broad range of HIV strains” said Barry O’Keefe, PhD of NCI’s Centre for Cancer Research, one of the authors of the study. “It is the first molecule known to inhibit Ebola infection by interfering with the virus’ ability to enter cells”. CV-N attaches to a sugar molecule on the virus surface. This inhibits HIV and Ebola infection by physically blocking it from entering healthy cells.

Healthy, Vegetarian Omega-3 Fatty Acids found in AFA Support Immune Response and Calm Inflammation

AFA contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid known as docosahexanoic acid (DHA). Nearly 50% of the fat (oil) content of AFA is composed of these omega-3 essential fatty acids.

In general, most diets worldwide are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and excessive in omega-6 fatty acids and rancid trans-fatty acids. An excess of omega-6 fatty acids and trans-fats leads to an inflammatory response in the body, which eventually develops into a contributing factor in cardiovascular disease, immunity challenges, neurological problems and skin disorders.


Omega-3 fatty acids such as ALA and DHA support immunity by helping to attract immune cells to the sites of injury, chronic pain and cellular damage while calming the inflammatory response. Humans manufacture only small amounts of DHA internally through the consumption of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in hempseed, chia, flax, as well as other seeds. This amount of DHA is usually not enough to meet the demands of our nervous system, especially in a high-stress environment.

Supports Immune System

Omega-3 fatty acids such as ALA and DHA support immunity by helping to attract immune cells to the sites of injury, chronic pain and cellular damage while calming the inflammatory response. Humans manufacture only small amounts of DHA internally through the consumption of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in hempseed, chia, flax, as well as other seeds. This amount of DHA is usually not enough to meet the demands of our nervous system, especially in a high-stress environment.

Traditionally, DHA was acquired directly from eating seafood and fish. With the onset of more seafood allergies and the problems of mercury and PCBs polluting fish, safer forms of DHA have been discovered in other foods. AFA is one of those foods.

Eyes and Sperm

DHA is a critical essential fatty acid used in the production and maintenance of healthy eyesight (retina), brain and nervous system tissue, cardiovascular “slipperiness” and sperm. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA make our cardiovascular system slippery. This means that calcium-forming nanobacteria (microscopic barnacles) cannot attach or begin to calcify the arteries. This helps to prevent arteriosclerosis.

A deficiency of DHA has been associated with ADD symptoms, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, autoimmune conditions, cardiovascular disease, depression, low brain serotonin levels, neuroses, postpartum depression, and skin disorders.

The therapeutic consumption of omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to improve one’s mood and cardiovascular condition. The consumption of omega-3 also inhibits the formation of breast, colon, pancreatic and prostate cancer.

Consuming AFA is Safe and Non-Toxic

Consuming AFA is Safe and Non-ToxicDuring seasonal algal blooms in Klamath Lake, the pH of the water can reach eleven and the oxygen can drop below three parts per million, which can be deadly to fish in the immediate vicinity of the bloom. The death of the fish is not due to any toxins.

Reports that AFA contains toxic proteins have proven to be incorrect. Not only have hundreds of thousands, if not millions of individuals consumed AFA with relatively few cases of side effects, scientific research has indicated that AFA is clear of toxins and that the toxicity of other algae forms may be the source of the confusion.

Some scientists have suggested that AFA blue-green algae contains the amino-acid compound known as B-methylamino alanine (BMAA), and that this amino-acid compound could be linked to neurological problems. Subsequent test results indicated that AFA is devoid of the controversial amino-acid compound known as BMAA.

In Primordial Food, Drapeau reports “In Klamath Lake, nearly ten years of intense testing has failed to reveal the presence of any neurotoxins in its AFA. In 1998 the opinion among scientists was that AFA did not contain neurotoxins and that the original samples that had been identified as AFA were likely another species”. He goes on to cite a Wright State University study examining algae genetics that indicated the samples of algae believed to be toxic were not AFA but in fact belonged to the Anabaena genera.

As with any superfood or food, people’s metabolisms and body chemistry respond to some better than others.

History, Facts and Legends

Klamath Lake blue green algae, Aphanizomenon flos-squae (AFA) is a form of microalgae phytoplankton that differs from spirulina in that it prefers fresh water as opposed to brackish salty water. At least forty thousand species of microalgae phytoplankton have been identified. These include blue-green algae, ocean-dwelling marine phytoplankton species, seaweeds, freshwater pond algae and mosses of many colors.

The basis of life on Earth

Microalgae phytoplankton forms the basis of the food chain. Fossil evidence indicates they were very likely the first organisms to populate the Earth and are still here eons later. Some scientists believe microalgae have been on Earth for approximately 2.8 billion years.

We would die without microalgae

Microalgae produce 80 to 90 percent of the planet’s overall food and oxygen supply. Microalgae obtain their overall energy through the process of photosynthesis. It is through algae photosynthesis that the earth’s early atmosphere was converted into its present oxygen-rich state. It seems clear that algae have been the primary developers of the Earth’s atmosphere since life appeared on Earth.

Extreme survivors

Blue-green algae (of the Cyanophyta family) are extremely hardy survivors and can adapt to a wide range of light, heat, carbon dioxide levels, oxygen levels and unique aqueous physical environments. Blue-green algae are the richest sources of chlorophyll found in nature. They photosynthesize better than any other plant on Earth.

AFA is a DNA and RNA Information Repository

Blue-green algae are similar in structure to a soft bacteria with chlorophyll, phycocyanin and other pigments. Like bacteria, blue-green algae are prokaryotes because they lack a membrane-bound nucleus. Our intestinal flora easily absorb the DNA and RNA information in blue-green algae. Our intestinal bacteria and consequently our bodies, digest and connect with the eons-old information contained within blue-green algae. We use this information to improve our immune system and better adapt to changing conditions in our environment.

Aphanizomenon flos-squae (AFA)Aphanizomenon flos-squae (AFA) blue-green algae populates its natural habitat – a giant shallow body of water known as Klamath Lake in Oregon. At 125 square miles, Klamath Lake is the largest lake in Oregon. It is also a relatively high altitude, 4,139 feet above sea level.

AFA is nitrogen-fixing algae that draws nitrogen from the atmosphere to build world-class protein. Since the 1970’s, Klamath Lake AFA has been harvested, filtered, cleaned and dried for worldwide consumption.

Health enthusiasts all over the world have made Klamath Lake AFA blue-green algae a popular superfood. AFA is a wild-harvested food. It has a fantastic array of brain-specific phytochemicals, a huge selection of antioxidants, minerals (especially iron, zinc, selenium and magnesium) and amino acids. It is a complete protein, contains vitamins, enzymes and many unique nutrients. This blue-green algae is one of the world’s richest food sources of antioxidant compounds, including carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein), chlorophyll and phycocyanin.

We Use and Recommend Cerule StemEnhance Ultra

StemEnhance® Ultra supports the body’s natural release of stem cells.*
Cerule LLC concentrates and combines extracts from freshwater microalgae (AFA and Spirulina) and marine macroalgae (undaria pinnatifida). These are Nature’s most primitive superfoods and provide ultimate stem cell support.
AFA Extract is called StemEnhance. It is blended with Fucoidan and Mesenkine™to create StemEnhance Ultra. Mesenkine supports the homing of stem cells by balancing key messengers involved in stem cell function.