What Are Marine Phytoplankton?

The sunlit waters of the surface of the sea are adrift with microscopic single-celled plants that we call marine phytoplankton.  There are hundreds of species of phytoplankton and they all have distinctive and beautiful shapes and colors.  To look through a microscope at a sample of phytoplankton is to look into a fantasy world.  There are cylinders, rods, circles, squares, cones, and spiraling shapes with colors that cross the rainbow.  It is like looking into a treasure chest full of living precious gems and jewels. These tiny and beautiful phytoplankton are at the mercy of the currents of the oceans as they are driven from place to place.  Some phytoplankton have little flagella or weak little swimming arms that help them to be somewhat mobile.  But the movement capacity is insignificant in comparison to the sea’s powerful currents that sweep phytoplankton with and without flagella along on a voyage to nourish the earth’s entire ecosystem. Marine phytoplankton grows abundantly in oceans around the world and are the foundation of the marine food chain. Because sunlight is most abundant at and near the sea’s surface, phytoplankton position themselves optimally to be able to absorb the sun’s energy and at the same time feed on the amazingly fertile formula for life that resides in the vast reservoirs of the sea.

Like terrestrial plants, phytoplankton contain the pigment chlorophyll, which gives them their greenish color. It is chlorophyll that performs the magic of absorbing the sun’s energy and stores it for use in converting the sun’s energy into consumable food.  Every living thing in the world needs food for energy.  Some living things make their own food as is the case of plants.  Science calls these efficient food producers autotrophs.  Animals and humans, on the other hand, have to rely on the self-producing autotrophs in order to get, indirectly, the sun’s energy.  Animals and humans are called heterotrophs or secondary consumers. Marine phytoplankton is the amazing deep well of energy food that nurtures the entire world’s ecosystem. It is the common energy and food source for everything that grows on the planet. 

The oldest, most complete form of nutrition available

The abundance of micronutrients in marine phytoplankton have been shown to help maintain human cell membranes in structure and function; a vital element for cell detoxification and the overall metabolism of human cells.

From the pristine temperate water of the Pacific Northwest comes UMAC-CORE; a concentrated blend of these minute yet mighty microorganisms. Patent pending ingredient, Alpha 3 CMP (Concentrated Marine Phytoplankton), is a concentrated blend of marine phytoplankton species that contains dense micronutrients that support cellular health and promotes energy and vitality.

UMAC Marine Phytoplankton

Marine Phytoplankton contains high levels of antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory micronutrients to fuel metabolism and detoxification. They also stoke the fires of the Mitochondria, where cells make energy required to carry out their function. Through the process photosynthesis, marine phytoplankton harness life-sustaining solar energy. Our in-depth research has produced very compelling evidence that marine phytoplankton is highly beneficial for supporting cellular health and promoting energy and vitality. 

The UMAC Difference

The most important thing to remember when dealing with algae is that not all algae are phytoplankton. However, all phytoplankton are algae. In addition, not all phytoplankton are marine algae. The primary difference between our product UMAC-CORE and others on the market is that we provide a natural blend of indigenous species with a suite of nutrients.

Marine phytoplankton, also known as marine microalgae, comprise thousands of species of photosynthetic, unicellular organisms belonging to the Kingdom Protista. Temperate coastal waters, such as those along British Columbia (BC), experience high levels of productivity and support a diverse array of microalgal species from numerous groups called classes.

The word “microalgae” is a very broad term for all microscopic, photosynthetic protists. (Technically, algae are not plants because they lack a vascular system.) Microalgae that float or swim in the will-lit regions of the oceans, lakes and other water bodies are termed “phytoplankton”. Microalgae that live on surfaces like the sea floor, wharf pilings, or river bottoms are termed “benthic microalgae”. Simply put, all phytoplankton are microalgae, but not all microalgae occur in the plankton.

“Algae” is one of the most misused terms in the consumer markets partly because in science, the term “algae” can refer to any plant in a wet environment without true roots or leaves. With such a broad definition as “wet environment” distinctions between marine, freshwater or even land based algal growths are often misrepresented. Often the terms “microalgae” and “macroalgae” are used in an attempt to distinguish between microscopic organisms such as phytoplankton and larger organisms such as seaweed or kelp. Although these terms have helped, much confusion still exists.

Just as “algae” has a broad definition, so does phytoplankton. Among the various classes of phytoplankton you find marine, freshwater and terrestrial based species. So, just because someone labels a product microalgae or phytoplankton the reality of what they are using is usually different.

Most of the world’s current production of microalgae for human consumption centers on Chlorella (Chlorophyceae), Dunaliella (Chlorophyceae), and Spirulina (Cyanophyceae). These organisms generally require extreme conditions to grow, conditions which facilitate easy cultivation due to low risk of contamination (by fungus and bacteria, or by other microalgae). For instance, Dunaliella salina requires very high salanites while cyanobacteria like Spirulina platensis need highly alkaline conditions. Most microalgae species, however, grow best in conditions that are optimal for hundreds of other species. This is primarily why so much research is directed to scaling up photobioreactors – enclosed growth chambers where all aspects of the environment are controlled and contamination is minimized. 

Marine Phytoplankton Benefits

Every spring, when conditions of light, nutrients, and mixing are optimal for growth, diatoms grow rapidly in the euphotic zone (upper 20 m). This event is known as the “spring bloom”. During this period, many species take advantage of the enhanced conditions but generally three diatom genera are the most successful Skeletonema, Thalassiosira, and Chaetoceros. Spring bloom conditions are reproduced by Unique Sea Farms of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island in a controlled environment, and this diversity of species is represented in the product UMAC-CORE. 

Support Cellular Health

For the body’s cells to communicate and guard against disease effectively, they need essential nutrients. UMAC-Core supports cellular function for improved cell detoxification and cell metabolism.

 Promotes Energy and Vitality

Phytoplankton mingle at the top layer of the ocean to get their energy from the sun. Through photosynthesis, solar energy provides fuel to sustain life. 

Excellent Source of Micronutrients

Umac-Core is a complete whole food providing a wide spectrum of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. 

UMAC Marine Phytoplankton Science

UMAC (Unique Marine Algae Concentrate) uses Alpha 3 CMP as the base of their products. Alpha 3 CMP is a unique nutrient-rich blend of marine phytoplankton harvested from the pristine temperate coastal waters of the northwest Pacific Ocean. It is classified as brown algae and is a blend of several species of marine phytoplankton. The turbulence created by the interaction of fresh water and ocean water draws from additional deep-water nutrients to create an exceptional cauldron of life to support a diverse array of marine phytoplankton species.

The proprietary patent-pending process harvests natural seawater, capturing the marine phytoplankton in million-liter tanks. This is the only known product to take natural marine phytoplankton communities containing a complete suite of marine trace elements in proportion to those found naturally in human tissue. Throughout this unique growing and harvesting process, quality control and testing is employed to ensure the highest quality products, providing assurance that no pathogens, toxins, heavy metals or contamination has occurred to the natural marine phytoplankton. The concentrated paste contains hundreds of species (primarily from the larger, nutrient-rich Bacillariophyceae classification commonly known as diatoms). Through the harvesting process the Company’s proprietary technology breaks down the cellular walls, separating the silicate walls and releasing the nutrients that are otherwise encapsulated.

This process makes the nutrients immediately bioavailable. The raw paste at this point contains approximately 85% water. It next goes to a leading phytopharmaceutical manufacturer and private labeler in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadian Phytopharmaceutical Corporation (CPC), which is fully certified Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) by Health Canada, where it is further concentrated, passing through the highest standard quality assurance procedures (sanitized and stabilized) to certify Alpha 3 CMP is safe for human consumption.

UMAC has developed and formulated two products for human consumption. The capsule product contains organic maltodextrin as a delivery system. The concentrated liquid product is in a base of organic glycerin. The products utilize the micronutrients found only in the ocean. Each provides a wide spectrum of nutrients including vitamins, amino acids (protein), rare trace elements, minerals and cellular materials needed to achieve and maintain a healthy and energetic lifestyle.

UMAC Marine Phytoplankton FAQ

Who should be taking UMAC-CORE marine phytoplankton?

EVERYONE! It is a whole and complete superfood that all may benefit from. 

Why should I take UMAC marine phytoplankton?

Marine Phytoplankton harness the sun’s energy through photosynthesis. The micro-nutrients and electrolytes in plankton are exactly what human cell membranes need to carry out their metabolism. When this membrane is damaged due to lack of nutrients and poor diet, the cell communication that coordinates metabolism is disrupted causing an array of problems. phytoplankton nourishes cells at the cellular level. 

Can I take this with my other supplements?

Yes. Taking UMAC with any other supplement will only enhance your results. 

Is it organic?

It is naturally grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or preservatives. The plankton is fed an organic food grade quality supplement. 

Does UMAC help with weight loss?

It is such a nutritionally dense product, marine phytoplankton should help with cravings because the body is getting more of what it needs to function properly. 

I am allergic to shellfish, can I still take UMAC?

Although marine phytoplankton comes from the ocean, it is not a shellfish. If you are concerned, simply place a bit of the liquid on the inside of the wrist after making a few “light” scratches and check for redness and irritation or Consult your physician. 

Is it safe for vegetarians and vegans?

Absolutely! It is 100% vegetarian in a vegetarian capsule. 

Is your manufacturing plant causing environmental damage?

Quite the opposite! It actually benefits. The phytoplankton absorb up to 50% of the Earth’s carbon dioxide while emitting up to 90% of the Earth’s oxygen. After harvest, the remaining ocean water in the tank flows back to the ocean in a pure, clean, pristine condition. This is a 30 million dollar facility that has ZERO toxic emissions! The marine life around the plant have flourished, from shellfish to otters to eagles. Pure oxygen is our by-product. 

What about pollution in the ocean?

Not a problem! The small batch we obtain from the sea is first tested, approved, grown, harvested and then tested again to provide assurance that there are no molds, yeast, toxins, heavy metals or contaminants and that it is approved for human consumption. Each batch comes with a Certificate of Analysis. 

Why is the suggested serving so low?

The suggested 75 mg serving is equivalent to 1/2 teaspoon of phytoplankton paste which is 85% seawater. When it is dried, it becomes a highly potent, incredibly concentrated whole food. 

What is the difference between wild and laboratory grown phytoplankton?

UMAC-CORE is delivered to you in the exact same species composition as is found in nature, the way your body is intended to receive them. We do not manipulate the species. Most other phytoplankton products are manipulated and grown in laboratories attempting to re-creat the oceans conditions. Most other phytoplankton are commonly used in commercial grade fish feed.




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