6 December 2018

Organic Wild Microalgae (Aphanizomenon flos aquae or AFA), wildcrafted by New Earth from the waters of Upper Klamath Lake, is the “crème de la crème” of all microalgae. It is the only edible freshwater microalgae in the world that grows abundantly in the wild.

Wild Microalgae possesses an impressive nutritional profile. It is this unique combination of a wide variety of nutrients that makes this microalgae an amazing choice for dietary supplementation.

Wild Microalgae is a species of cyanobacteria known as blue-green microalgae because of two primary pigments that are contained in this organism; chlorophyll and phycocyanin.

Chlorophyll: Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that is essential for the process of photosynthesis, whereby radiant energy from the sun is converted into chemical energy for the life processes of the plant. Without chlorophyll, plants would die. Chlorophyll is also an excellent source of antioxidants, substances that fight damaging free-radicals, and has many beneficial nutritional properties. Wild Microalgae possesses an impressively high content of chlorophyll.

Phycocyanin (PC): This blue pigment is responsible for the intense color of our microalgae. The word “phycocyanin” comes from the Greek words “phyco” meaning algae, and “kyanos” meaning “blue-green.” Wild Microalgae contains approximately 15% phycocyanin by dry weight. Phycocyanin is classified as a phycobilirubin—a light-harvesting protein that contributes to photosynthesis. Phycocyanin possesses a variety of beneficial health properties, but the most important property is that it acts as an antioxidant to help neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals, unstable molecules that can damage our cells.

Chlorophyll and phycocyanin are not the only important pigments possessed by organic Wild Microalgae. The microalgae contains a significant amount of beta-carotene, an orange pigment that is the precursor to vitamin A and powerful antioxidant. Once digested, the human body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A.

PEA: Wild Microalgae also contains PEA—phenylethylamine—the “feel good” chemical compound. PEA is a naturally occurring alkaloid chemical compound made from the amino acid phenylalanine and is linked to energy, mood, and focus. PEA exists naturally in the human central nervous system and is responsible for the emotional experience associated with pleasure and mental awareness; it supports mental energy, mental clarity, concentration, and attention, and is a known natural mood enhancer.

Wild Microalgae’s nutritional profile also includes essential amino acids, minerals, and vitamins:

  • Amino acids: Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. There are 20 essential amino acids, and AFA contains all of them! Each amino acid offers a variety of health benefits, but together they provide vital fuel and energy; build and maintain neuropeptides; and help biomodulate emotions and moods. Wild Microalgae’s amino acid profile closely matches the Food & Nutrition council’s ideal profile.
  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): Our Wild Microalgae also supplies essential fatty acids in an all-natural form. Approximately 45% of the lipids (fats) within AFA are essential fatty acids. EFAs are required for the normal growth and repair of the skin, blood vessels, and nerve tissues. AFA contains both LA (Linoleic acid, an Omega 6 fatty acid) and ALA (Alpha-Linoleic Acid, an Omega 3 fatty acid) in an ideal balance/ratio—there is more ALA than LA.
  • Minerals: Wild Microalgae contains 13 notable elements and trace elements. These minerals are all utilized by the human body in trace amounts for various functions.
  • Vitamins: Wild Microalgae also contains 13 different vitamins, including vitamin K and several of the B vitamins.
  • Antioxidants: Wild Microalgae contains components that have antioxidant activity, such as the pigments previously mentioned. In addition, other components in AFA, such as L-cystine, glycine, and L-glutamate are used by the liver to form glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. Superoxide dismutase (SOD, a family of enzymes), also found in AFA, contributes to antioxidant activity.

As you can see, Wild Microalgae is one of the most profoundly nourishing foods on the planet, rich in a wide spectrum of phytonutrients, plant-based proteins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and other micronutrients, providing optimum nutrition for our cells and tissues.

13 November 2018

THE ART OF HARVESTING

Organic Wild Microalgae® is a powerful natural occurring superfood that is harvested in one place in the world, Upper Klamath Lake, in Southern Oregon. The lake is situated in a region defined by its history of volcanic activity—a legacy that has left an abundance of minerals that help the Wild Microalgae thrive in its unique environment.

The harvesting process is a fine art that protects the integrity and nutrient profile of this delicate microalgae. New Earth has been harvesting Wild Microalgae since 1983. Over the years, we have employed several different methods of harvesting, ultimately perfecting the process that we now employ using state of the art equipment.

This process begins with gathering the microalgae from the lake with three different harvesters. Throughout this process, the Quality Control (QC) department collects and analyzes samples of the lake biomass (the organisms within the sample area), and once favorable test results are completed, harvesting proceeds. The lake harvesters collect the Wild Microalgae and immediately clean and de-water it. The QC department performs pre and post-harvest analyses on samples of the Wild Microalgae to ensure that only high-quality microalgae is harvested.

Once the highest quality Wild Microalgae is harvested and de-watered it is pumped into a self-contained unit that chills it to around 34°F in about 30 seconds. This process takes place at the harvest site as it is important to chill the Wild Microalgae so that sensitive pigments, such as chlorophyll, and other important components do not begin to break down.

The Wild Microalgae is then pumped into tanks on our transport boats. These tanks are reusable, washable, food-grade tanks that are filled directly from the cooling unit. The transport boat rapidly delivers the chilled algae to a land-based port, where it is loaded onto a tanker truck.

These trucks are insulated stainless steel tankers that are staged at the port to transport chilled “liquid microalgae” to our production facility where it is processed through vibrating screens to remove any larger particles before being sent to the plate freezers.

It takes about two hours to freeze the microalgae at a rate of 10.8 gallons per minute and is frozen at 10 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Samples are retained throughout the process for in-house R&D testing along with third-party testing.

The product is stored in the freezer as it awaits the drying process. The microalgae is dried via a low-temperature spray-drying process called Bioactive Dehydration™ that preserves phytonutrients. Testing indicates that the quality of this drying system is superior to freeze-drying, especially for heat-sensitive components such as vitamins, chlorophyll and enzymes. Because the algae is dried at temperatures below 40C, it qualifies as a “raw food,” an important distinction to many health-conscious consumers. The drying process also meets the guidelines for both organic and kosher certifications.

Our harvesting, processing, production, quality control, storage, and record-keeping operations are carried out according to current Good Manufacturing Practices established by the Food and Drug Administration. The Oregon Department of Agriculture audits our facilities for GMP compliance two to four times a year.

Our Wild Microalgae has been certified organic since 2001 and our harvesting, processing, handling, and packaging of Wild Microalgae are certified by Pro-Cert Organics, Canada Incorporated according to the requirements of the USDA National Organic Program and OC/PRO Canadian Organic Standards. Pro-Cert Organics, Canada audits our facilities, processes, and records annually. Kosher certification is performed by Star-K Kosher Certification and Halal certification is performed by IFANCA.

As you can see, harvesting Wild Microalgae is quite a detailed process, which includes extensive testing (via both in-house and third-party testing) at multiple points of processing, as well as certification from several reputable certifying agencies. All this to ensure that you are receiving a safe, high-quality, nutritional product!

8 November 2018

Safety First

With the lack of nutrients provided in our modern diet, taking supplements has become necessary to help ensure we provide our bodies with what they need to thrive. The question is: how do we know which ones to take? Unless you have an extensive background in some sort of combination of biology, nutrition, and chemistry, choosing a safe supplement can be challenging.

How do you know if a supplement is safe? How do you know if a supplement will be helpful? In other words, how do you decipher the good from the bad and the exceptional from the average? You can look for some key accreditations, with one of the most important being registered by NSF International to the FDA’s GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices).

At New Earth, we’ve taken the time to make our products Certified Kosher, Certified Halal, USDA-certified organic, NSF GMP-registered, and GMP for SportsTM-registered. GMP registration is the gold standard of the food industry. Every product contains exactly what it says it does on the label.

The NSF registration lets you know that the company complies with NSF standards and procedures. Being NSF registered for GMP is not a one-time event. Companies must submit their manufacturing facility to unannounced NSF inspections where every stage of a product’s development is thoroughly evaluated.

So what does this mean for you?

It means companies like New Earth, that hold this registration, are dedicated to the integrity of their products and your safety.

When it comes to our ingredients it’s not about trends or what sounds cool. It’s much more than that. It’s science and studies at its finest. It’s a team of professionals dedicated to studying, researching, testing and formulating. Our ingredients are thoroughly tested and verified 100% pure. All are crafted with care and precision from premium quality, whole natural foods. And every product comes with our satisfaction guarantee.

A company’s strength rests on the value of its products. At New Earth, there is only one acceptable standard: Absolute Excellence. See for yourself, risk-free with our 90-day money back guarantee.

25 October 2018

After decades of being told otherwise, it’s difficult to swallow the idea that fat can be good for your health. However, for our bodies to remain healthy, we need to take in the right amounts of essential fatty acids (EFAs). Are you eating the right fats? You need enough essential fatty acids in your diet to prevent deficiency and keep you healthy.

Essential fatty acids are those fats that our bodies cannot produce by themselves, so they must be obtained from our diets. Although your body can synthesize most of the fats it needs from the food you consume, there are two essential fatty acids that your body is unable to synthesize – linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). These fats can only be found in our foods and they’re used to build some specialized fats known as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help in the normal functioning of all body tissues.

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are types of omega-3 fatty acids that originate from ALA. These highly unsaturated fats play important roles in brain development and functioning. Arachidonic acid (AA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) are omega-6 fatty acids derived from LA. The derivation of these fats can be easily impaired by several factors, which makes it necessary to supplement them with dietary sources.

There are many health benefits associated with consuming EFAs with the biggest being that they are essential for our wellbeing and our bodies cannot produce them. They also have a positive impact on heart health, brain function and the bodies natural responses.

EFAs can be obtained from a variety of high-quality food sources. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include organic Wild Microalgae®, salmon, sardines, chia seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts. Foods high in omega-6 fatty acids include almonds, cashew nuts, and sunflower seeds.

The modern diet typically contains more omega-6 fatty acids than required. Therefore, although omega-6 fats are essential, most people should reduce their intake.

Why Take Essential Fatty Acids Supplements?
Oftentimes we don’t get everything required for a healthy internal ecosystem. Consuming high-quality nutritional supplements can help fill these gaps and help to improve the quality of your overall health.

24 October 2018

Most of us were taught the importance of nutrition and how taking supplements helps to support the minerals and vitamins we aren’t getting through our diet. Most of our education on the subject of supplements ended there, but it shouldn’t have. With the desire to live a long healthy life many are blindly taking supplements that are simply not doing the job because the truth is, vitamins are not created equally.

What are Synthetic and Food-Based Supplements?
Synthetic Supplements are just as they sound, human-made. It’s common knowledge that foods consumed in their most natural states are the best. Today, processed foods are very different from their original state. The same thing goes for synthetic vitamins. These are vitamins that are made artificially through an industrial process using chemicals. They are bonded with ingredients that are designed to mimic natural vitamins, and our bodies recognize this. For example, you may think that you’re consuming a calcium supplement, but it may be filled with other minerals that are foreign to the body. Therefore, your body will try to remove as much of it as possible. This means a very little amount of synthetic calcium will be entering your body.

Food-Based Supplements are close to what nature intended as they closely match the vitamin complexes found in nature. They are typically made by growing nutrients in yeast or harvested in their wild state. These food-based supplements usually contain the cofactors required to assist the body with the absorption of the nutrients making them more effective.

Benefits of Food-Based Natural Supplements

  • Your body can easily absorb nutrients from natural supplements and much more readily than it can absorb synthetic supplements. When naturally produced, vitamins and minerals are in better harmony with you.
  • Natural supplements are extracted from food that is suitable for consumption by human beings. Ingredients derived from foods that aren’t suitable for human consumption should be avoided because it’s not natural and your body won’t benefit from it.
  • Most people consume excessive calories found in synthetic supplements in pursuit of natural ingredients. However, natural foods cut straight to the chase by complimenting healthy meals.

At New Earth, we take the quality and purity or our food-based supplements seriously. You will find one ingredient in every supplement we offer, organic Wild MicroalgaeTM. Our Wild Microalgae is a fragile organism. It takes sophisticated technological know-how to harvest, cool, process, and dry in a way that preserves its delicate balance of nutrients. It goes from harvest to quick cooling to multiple cleanings to water removal to fast freezing and storage, all in a few hours.

We are responsible for getting products out of the wild and to your table. Albert Einstein once said, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” We agree.

Learn more about New Earth and the quality of purity of our food based supplements here.