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Klamath seaweed (AFA), its benefits and properties

by Georgia Ede
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What is Klamath seaweed?

Klamath algae, also known as Afa algae , is a freshwater algae that grows naturally and wild , it is from the group of blue-green algae . Unlike most edible algae within our reach, Klamath algae is freshwater , so its mineral components are different and its flavor is also very different from those of saltwater algae.

We can find it in Oregon (USA) in the waters of Lake Upper Klamath to whom it owes its name. It is an algae that develops in the Klamath basin, and due to the height at which it develops it is not affected by pollution and industrial pollution. It takes place in a pure environment, with clean air, and lots of light, which makes this place an ideal place for the growth of these algae.

This algae has a multitude of properties due to the minerals found in this lake from both precipitation in the form of rain or snow.

If you want to know more about this algae and what benefits it has on our body, we recommend that you continue reading the post where we offer you all the necessary information about the Klamath algae.

How do you get Klamath seaweed?

During the summer months this type of algae reproduce creating a massive bloom since they reproduce every four days.

Once they reach their optimum size, they are collected daily by filtering to remove the water and freeze them at -100º centigrade until the algae process phase, the freezing process is carried out as a drying process so that the nutrients and their properties are preserved. .

What does Klamath seaweed give us?

It provides us with a large amount of trace elements and minerals necessary for the proper functioning of our body.

It provides us with group B vitamins , including B12 , an essential vitamin found only in products of animal origin. This vitamin is a necessary supplement for people who carry out vegetarian or vegan diets, so the consumption of this seaweed could be very interesting to complete the necessary vitamin contribution of a balanced diet for a correct functioning of the body, preventing nutritional deficits.

It also provides us with a good amount of Vitamin K , antioxidants (carotenoids), in fact it is one of the algae with the highest content of assimilable beta-carotenes that exist.

The chlorophyll it possesses, once digested, becomes chlorophyllin , whose hepatoprotective, antitumor and antioxidant effects are well known.

It provides us with around 20 amino acids and their proteins totally assimilable for the body and necessary for the proper development of the body. It also provides us with essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and 6, it is said that it is the food of plant origin with the highest content of these essential fatty acids. The fatty acids of which we have spoken before, are capable of modulating the metabolism of fats .

How does this influence our body? What are its benefits?

The antitumor elements present in the chlorophyll of the Klamath seaweed is capable of regulating the immune system for the prevention of tumor growth, therefore, we can affirm that it fulfills an immunomodulatory function of the body and the immune system.

In addition, this function is completed with its antiviral function promoted by the immunoregulatory function and its immunostimulating function that improve the condition of the immune system and our defenses to fight against problems of viral origin. It also has antimicrobial and antitumor properties as we have indicated.

Its high antioxidant content makes it an important ally to fight against free radicals, it also has anti-inflammatory properties  since its Omega 3 content reduces arachidonic acid, a precursor of primary inflammations.

Klamath seaweed is capable of modulating lipids , reducing cholesterol and triglycerides , if you still don’t know how to lower them you can find out in the links.

It helps muscle development as it increases the correct assimilation of proteins, which helps us to grow muscle.

Another property of Klamath algae is that it is capable of regulating glucose metabolism , which also inhibits enzymes such as maltase (responsible for the assimilation of sugars), which is why it is of great help for diabetics or obesity patients.

Klamath seaweed is beneficial for children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD ), calming or reducing some of their symptoms.

This seaweed is also known as “love seaweed “, since it contains phenylethylamine,   an amino acid that the brain synthesizes in states of happiness and euphoria, phenylethylamine improves mood, self-esteem and helps memory.

Although Spirulina has always been recognized as one of the most complete algae, some professionals in natural therapies are now beginning to opt for Klamath algae , since it has been discovered that it has more properties and advantages such as that it contains less sodium and is richer in chlorophyll , minerals and vitamins of group B, as we have indicated, and in addition, the iron it contributes is more easily assimilated than that belonging to the Spirulina alga.

The Afa seaweed has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the amount of antioxidants and its synergy with vitamins and minerals, which help reduce free radicals . In addition, as we have already mentioned, its omega-3 content reduces the levels of arachidonic acid, a precursor of primary inflammations, so we can say that Klamath algae has stimulating properties of the immune system .

It helps prevent cancer due to its antitumor function and also helps our brain work better, preventing diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementias caused by premature neuronal aging .

Accelerates mild brain injuries, improves chronic pain or diseases such as fibromyalgia. It increases mental capacity and helps in depressive states, increasing self-esteem and the feeling of well-being.

Balances blood pressure , contributes to weight loss as it regulates glucose metabolism and fatty acid levels.

Improves liver and digestive function, being also very cleansing and detoxifying , as well as antioxidant.

Helps eliminate toxins from heavy metals from the body, such as lead.

What differentiates them from other algae?

As we have indicated previously, the absorption of certain nutrients is better than that of other algae such as Spirulina, in addition both this and the Chlorella algae are cultivated in non-natural ponds, that is to say artificial while the Klamath algae is wild in natural lakes, which they have higher concentrations of minerals from nearby aquifers.

In addition, the process to which they are subjected for drying (atomization) makes it more difficult for enzymes to penetrate cells during the digestion process, which translates into a lower level of absorption of nutrients .

Klamath algae and stem cells

In addition, these algae have a certain relationship with the production of adult stem cells since they stimulate said production and also help the regeneration of organs when necessary and promote their transport to that area that needs to regenerate, which translates into better and faster recoveries. , for example in diseases or after surgeries or after numerous circumstances such as improvements in Alzheimer’s after consumption in high amounts as we have indicated above.

You should know that stem cells have the ability to become any other type of cell in tissue .

They help the regeneration and repair of organs by replacing cells that are no longer functional, either because they are damaged or because they are already dead. When an organ is damaged it sends signals to the bone marrow, which after detecting it will release stem cells through the blood so that they can reach the affected area.

How do you take this seaweed?

Klamath seaweed is an algae that we already find in tablets or capsules . They can be taken with or without food, although they tend to sit better with food. We will have to distribute them in two doses (breakfast and lunch).

We can take from 1.6 to 2.4 gr a day distributing the tablets as necessary, children should not exceed 800 mg a day. We find 250 mg and 400 mg tablets so that we can adjust the doses we want.

The composition and weight depend on the manufacturer, so we recommend always following their instructions, never exceeding the maximum dose that we have provided.

Who should not take these Algae?

There are no studies on its consumption during pregnancy or during lactation, so we do not recommend its use during these periods, so we will avoid possible consequences, you already know that a product, even if it is natural, can have negative effects on our body.

They are not recommended for people with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis , lupus, multiple sclerosis or skin diseases since these algae increase the activity of the immune system, so they could also increase the symptoms of these autoimmune diseases.

The people taking anticoagulants because with cardiovascular problems should consult their doctor if they consume algae such as the vitamin K promotes clotting of blood and this could be detrimental to cardiovascular disease.

Like all algae, it also contains iodine, so people who take any thyroid medication should ask their endocrinologist for advice before taking them, thus taking all precautions in this regard.

Do they have side effects?

Side effects have not been described in healthy people, as we have indicated they should not be consumed by those with autoimmune diseases , as they could worsen them.

People with diseases of the thyroid gland should consult an endocrine specialist if they can consume them since, due to their high iodine content, it could alter thyroid function.

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