I’ve been eating blue-green algae for over 20 years and was excited to see it as an ingredient in Dr. Perricone’s anti-aging skincare line. This algae is considered controversial as a food supplement as there are toxic forms of it and some consider it “pond scum”. I can testify to it’s health benefits because I ate it when I was vegan and pregnant to increase my iron levels. It worked so well, I went from anemic to normal range in 30 days. I’m happy Dr. Perricone has given blue-green algae recognition as a superfood despite the bad rap.
Blue Green Algae – “The single-celled plants known as blue-green algae (BGA) are superior sources of phytonutrients, antioxidants and chlorophyll. They also possess superior antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. If color is present it means there are phytochemicals present, bestowing great anti-inflammatory benefits.
BGA’s are rich in essential fatty acids, such as gamma linolenic acid (GLA), and omega-6 fatty acid with many healthful properties. GLA is essential in keeping the skin soft, supple and smooth. The right fatty acids are vital to healthy skin as they are highly skin-compatible and maintain the fluidity and stability of the cell plasma membrane–the cell’s first line of defense.”