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Surprise!  Your Best Biohack is Algae!   

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Biohacking may be new but the desire to slow aging is not.  If you are unfamiliar with the term biohacking, it’s “the process of optimizing your health, longevity, and performance by changing your chemistry and physiology through science and self-experimentation[1].

Put simply, it is the desire to live at your utmost optimal level. Who doesn’t want that!?

The best biohack is to feed your body and mitochondria with unprocessed, chemical-free nutrient-dense food. Like algae.  And while we admit we are a bit biased, ENERGYbits® algae tablets are hands down the easiest, fastest, safest, proven, most nutrient-dense and effortless way to do this.

So, if you want to hack your way to better health and longevity, algae is your answer. It is the most ancestral, vegan, paleo, nutrient-dense food in the world, not to mention the first life on earth!

Sure, there are lots of other cool, jazzy biohacking devices you can get but the best, easiest and scientifically proven way to hack your health is with Mother Nature’s original biohack and that’s algae. Algae has been here for over 4 billion years ago, so it clearly knows how to stand the test of time.  And you will too when you take it!  Granted, you won’t live 4 billion years, but algae will help you live longer and better and that’s pretty sweet!

But if that doesn’t convince you to take algae every day, consider this: Scientists have discovered that cyanobacteria (like spirulina algae) are where your mitochondria came from.  Yes, it’s true!   

About 3 billion years ago large anaerobic cells (eukaryotic cells) engulfed smaller aerobic cyanobacteria cells like spirulina (prokaryotic cells) but instead of digesting the smaller calls, these larger cells let them stay intact so they could generate ATP for both of them [2].

And since the larger cells gave these smaller cyanobacteria (spirulina) protection, they agreed to stay (well we guess they agreed!) and gradually evolved into your mitochondria [3]. Sort of like having a houseguest who never left and later became your best friend!

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Pretty amazing right? And it’s all documented in cell biology if you want to check it out. The cellular process is technically called endosymbiosis.

All those billions of mitochondria in your cells that control everything in your body came from algae! So, when you take algae, your mitochondria recognize it as an ancestor and old friend and instantly welcome it and make it feel at home. We call it algae love.

Your mitochondria love algae! That’s why, when you consume raw algae (like ENERGYbits®) you are literally welcoming back a part of you…. that you have been missing.

Why is algae the best biohack for cellular health?

Damaged or decreased mitochondria reduce your ATP production which means none of your cells work properly and certainly not optimally!

ATP provides your body and cells the very energy of life but the process of generating ATP also creates free radicals which damage your mitochondria DNA. This impairs cellular signaling, increases inflammation and increases metabolic disease such as cancer. All of which can contribute to poor health and a shorter lifespan.

Algae is a powerful nutritional biohack that protects and restores the health of the mitochondria and their DNA so you can enjoy better health and improved longevity. It does this in hundreds of ways, so take out your pen and paper…  

Mitochondria

Mitochondria produce ATP which is the energy used by cells for all metabolic processes. But the process of ATP production also creates free radicals which damage the mitochondria and its DNA. Fortunately, algae contain an antioxidant called Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) that protects mitochondria DNA from damage, restores health at the cellular level and helps prevent chronic disease [4].

Image of mitochondria and ATP. ATP = energy = life.

Mitochondria have the greatest influence on our health. But as we age, we have fewer mitochondria, and less superoxide dismutase (SOD) to protect them and this leads to fatigue, aging and disease.  

Research has shown that patients with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease have more mitochondria mutations than healthy people [4]

The greatest mitochondria damage occurs after the age of 60 when there are fewer mitochondria, and they are reproducing slower with higher rates of mutation. This high rate of mutation is the primary cause of disease, especially in our brain, heart and other parts of our body that require high energy [5].

Image of life stages of a human from baby to elderly. Showing that SOD plummets as you age.

Mitochondria and the mitochondria DNA (mtDNA) play a critical role in your health which is why you need to protect them! Unfortunately, this is not an easy thing to do because mitochondria DNA are located in the inner membrane of the mitochondria which is also exactly where ATP production occurs.

Mitochondria cell and ATP production of free radicals

Unfortunately, there are very few antioxidants that can penetrate this inner membrane of the mitochondria to protect them and prevent damage to their DNA. One of the few antioxidants that can enter this inner membrane is an enzyme called Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD). Your body produces SOD, but as you age you produce less and less of it. This is what speeds up aging and disease [6].

Fortunately, you can get Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) from spirulina algae like ENERGYbits® spirulina tablets which have the highest concentration of Super Oxide Dismutase in the world.

Even better, the SOD in ENERGYbits® spirulina doesn’t get destroyed during digestion like the SOD found in supplements or vegetables like cabbage which is why it is so effective. Having high-quality SOD will make a huge difference in your energy, focus and mood. Ten ENERGYbits® spirulina tablets contain over 8,000 IU of SOD yet a scientific study found that just 104 IU of SOD taken daily for a few weeks was enough to remove mental fatigue, physical fatigue, and anxiety [7].

This is why one of the safest, fastest, proven ways to protect your mitochondria is with spirulina algae like ENERGYbits®. But we need to point out that not all spirulina algae has the same amount of high quality. This is because our spirulina is raw, live food and most other spirulina tablets are not. This is a very important fact because superoxide dismutase (SOD) is an enzyme and high heat kills enzymes [8].

At ENERGYbits® we do NOT use high heat to dry our spirulina like virtually all the other algae companies do. This is one of the many reasons ENERGYbits® spirulina tablets are of higher quality – the SOD in our spirulina algae tablets is carefully preserved so it can protect you and your mitochondria.

Spirulina has highest SOD and image of superhero mitochondria.

Spirulina Algae

Most antioxidants CAN NOT penetrate the mitochondrial membrane. But there is one powerful antioxidant that can- SOD (Superoxide Dismutase).

SOD is produced in your body but as you age, it produces less and less. In fact, by the time you are 40 your body is producing 50% less SOD and by the time you hit age 60 or 70 your body is producing virtually none of it. This is one of the reasons why, as you age, your mitochondria are more prone to damage, and you become more susceptible to oxidative stress-related diseases like heart disease, cancer or Alzheimer’s [9].

Fortunately, there is a solution. Simply take spirulina algae like ENERGYbits® algae tablets. Our spirulina tablets contain high concentrations of Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) which reduce inflammation and protect the mitochondria [9].

SOD (Superoxide Dismutase) neutralizes superoxide and turns it back into oxygen which slows aging, protects the mitochondria, suppresses tumors, is a neuroprotector in our brain to help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia [9].

SOD solution. Image showing free radical damage turns to water with the help of SOD.

A plant-based diet increases the body’s ability to create more of its own SOD endogenously, but the best source of SOD is spirulina algae which has the highest concentration of exogenous SOD of any food. SOD is an antioxidant 3,500 times more powerful than Vitamin C and ENERGYbits® spirulina tablets contain 24,800 units of SOD per single serving of 30 tablets [10].

In addition to the benefits of SOD, spirulina improves cellular communication and respiration and trigger apoptosis in carcinogenic cell [11]. This explains why algae (and all green vegetables/plants that contain chlorophyll) should not be viewed simply as sources of antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, minerals, etc., but as carriers of oxygen and essential mitochondrial cofactors without which our body cannot optimally and efficiently produce ATP, and without which our body can not realize its biological potential for maximal longevity [12].

Chlorella Algae

Chlorella algae contain the highest concentration of chlorophyll in the world – 1,000 times more chlorophyll than Chinese greens, 400 times more chlorophyll than arugula and 25 times more chlorophyll than liquid chlorophyll. Not only does chlorophyll support the health of your mitochondria, but it is also essential for the health of the body in many ways [13].

Chlorophyll is a fat-based pigment that helps keep the cell walls permeable so nutrients can flow in, and toxins can flow out. Chlorophyll also plays an important role in the “Mitochondria Electron Transport Chain” and when combined with red light, it recycles COQ10 so that more ATP can be generated [14].  

Image of a human blood cell compared to a plant cell, chlorophyll.

Equally important is the fact that the chemical composition of chlorophyll is virtually identical to the chemical composition of hemoglobin [15]. This is of critical importance because chlorophyll builds your blood and if you want to have optimal health, you need healthy blood to feed your mitochondria, brain, organs, gut and body.

Chlorella algae (and spirulina) are the only reliable sources of chlorophyll left because our vegetables and greens no longer have enough chlorophyll to support us, let alone to help us live optimally. This is because our soils are so damaged, our crops are grown so far away they are harvested before they are ripe (which lowers the nutrient value) and the ozone layer is so damaged [16]. This has left us with vegetables and greens that contain fiber and sugar but virtually no chlorophyll, vitamins or minerals. Algae has the highest concentration of chlorophyll in the world, so it is the easiest, safest, most effective and efficient way to give your body the chlorophyll it needs to function optimally [17].

Noted below are just a few of the hundreds of reasons why algae helps you turn back the hands of time, improves your chances for longevity and protects you and your family’s wellness.

Since all disease starts at the cellular level, the key to longevity is to keep the cells healthy. Algae has been proven in tens of thousands of studies to do that. 

1 . Inflammation leads to aging, cardiovascular & other diseases.

Algae Solution: Algae contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants that reduce inflammation and help prevent aging and disease [18].

2. Damaged and decreased mitochondria leads to aging, cancer and disease.

Algae Solution: Algae reduces cellular oxidation and restores mitochondria health. It has the highest concentration of SOD which is one of the few antioxidants that can penetrate the mitochondria cell wall to protect it [19].

3. Reduced ATP production leads to suppressed immune function and aging.

Algae Solution: Algae not only improves ATP production by improving mitochondria health, but recent studies have also shown that chlorophyll produces its own source of ATP that is not only a cleaner source of energy than glucose, but it also produces fewer ROS which improves longevity [20]. Algae has the highest concentration of chlorophyll in the world (400 x arugula) and taking it contributes to this ATP production with the aid of red-light.

4. Rapidly growing cancer cells from reduced cellular communication and faulty apoptosis leads to uncontrolled growth of cancer cells.

Algae Solution: Spirulina and chlorella algae have been shown to reduce/reverse the growth of cancer cells due to their high levels of chlorophyll, antioxidants and alkaline pH [21]. Additionally, the blue pigment in spirulina called Phycocyanin has “anti-angiogenesis properties (it stops the growth of blood vessels to cancer/tumor cells) [22].

5. Insufficient antioxidants result in free radicals causing aging/disease Free radicals cause cellular damage, inflammation, reduced cellular health, aging and chronic disease. Antioxidants are agents that neutralize them.

Algae Solution: Algae has the highest concentration of antioxidants in the world which helps fight free radical damage and helps prevent aging and disease [19]. “The amount of antioxidants that you maintain in your body is directly proportional to how long you will live.” … Dr. Richard Cutler, National Institutes of Health, Washington.

6. Excessive toxins cause cellular damage, depressed immune response, accelerate aging, speed growth of cancer cells and lead to other diseases.

Algae Solution: Chlorophyll is the most cleansing substance in the world and algae has the highest concentration of chlorophyll in the world. Additionally, chlorella algae has been used for over fifty years to remove toxins and metals including mercury, aluminum & lead due to its hard cell wall that chelates them [23].

7. A weakened immune system leads to infections, viruses, bacteria, and diseased cells including cancer.

Algae Solution: Both spirulina and chlorella have been shown to stimulate the production of T-cells and anti-inflammatory cytokines, which are active against viruses or cancer [24]. A strong immune system also slows aging.

8. Damaged cellular walls due to a lack of healthy fatty acids reduce the cell’s ability to let nutrients in and toxins out. This leads to aging/disease.

Algae Solution: Spirulina’s fatty acids and chlorella algae’s high amounts of chlorophyll (a fat-based pigment) all help heal cell walls [25]. Additionally, spirulina has the second-highest amount of GLA an Omega-6 which behaves like an Omega-3 because it reduces inflammation.  Spirulina is second only to mother’s milk for the highest concentration of GLA Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is also a precursor for prostaglandin E1, an important compound necessary for reducing inflammation and blood pressure [26].

It’s time to take your wellness into your own hands. Biohack your cells, mitochondria and DNA back to great health effortlessly with ENERGYbits® algae tablets. The purest, safest, and oldest biohack in the world, scientifically proven and endorsed by doctors. What’s not to love!?

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