What is AFA?

Aphanizomenon flos-aquae is a freshwater species of cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are an ancient clade of bacterial microphytes, part of the cyanobacteria phylum.

Aphanizomenon flos-aquae as a species has both toxic and nontoxic forms.Most sources worldwide are toxic, containing both hepatic and neuroendotoxins.

Recently the first stage of an extensive research project carried out at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Canada, studying the effect of A. flos-aquae on the immune and endocrine systems, as well as on general blood physiology, found that eating it had a profound effect on natural killer cells (NKCs). A. flos-aquae triggers the movement of 40% of the circulating NKCs from the blood to tissues.

Research of AFA

What follows are results from three studies on children and the use of AFA: Nicaragua – University of Central America

Sevulla and Aguirre (1995)1, in their doctoral research studied 1,567 school children who were given 1 gram (4 capsules) of AFA a day for six months.

* A 54% percent increase in classroom participation was reported by teachers.
* A 21% percent increase in classroom attendance records was found.
* Overall, physical improvements in hair, skin and general health were observed.
* The school’s ranking on standardized academic tests went from lowest to highest in the nation.

Key Finding: A dramatic 81% improvement in the children’s academic scores were reported

Harvard, Massachusetts – Center for Family Wellness

Claudia Jarratt and her staff (1997) conducted a landmark study of 142 children who ate between .5 gm and 1 gm of AFA a day for ten weeks.

* Improved social skills with peers
* Reduced anxiety and depression
* Less argumentative, controlling and demanding behavior
* Increased ability to follow directions and focus on tasks

Key Finding. Parents and teachers reported significant improvements in children’s problem behaviors in 10 out of 11 categories using the Achenbach rating scales. Sierra Vista, AZ – The Stillwell Learning Center


Jeffrey Bruno, Ph.D., Joe-Jo Gittelman, and Barry Tuchfeld, Ph.D. (1998) conducted a study of 31 children in a special reading program who ate either 1.5 gm, 3 gm, or no AFA a day for three months.

* Significant behavioral improvements on the Conners Parent and Teacher Rating Scales
* A forty percent improvement on children’s mean score of memory recall
* A twenty percent improvement on children’s mean scores of concentration
* A dramatic increase in tutorial classroom attendance records
* Overall reduced physical symptoms and complaints

The Algae AD/HD Connection – Can Blue Green Algae Be of Help with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?
John Taylor, Ph.D., Licenced Psychologist and leading AD/HD authority

The “Children and Algae Report" is a summary of the information of the Center for Family Wellness gathered during their research study of 140 children. This study was designed to investigate the effects of feeding Super Blue Green Algae to children who struggle with learning, social and behavioral problems.

The research team questioned whether the addition of Algae to children’s diets would help alleviate these challenges. The statistical analysis of the data gathered during the study demonstrates that eating Algae clearly has a notably positive outcome in those areas of concern for a vast majority of the study sample.

The report also mentions another study involving 1,482 students in Nicaragua, a country where malnutrition impacts about two thirds of the population. The positive results of adding Super Blue Green Algae to the children’s diets were noted and qualified, as were the improvements in the children’s class participation, academic scores, and overall health.

In this Children and Algae study, parents reported significant behavioral changes in their children, including:

* significant improvement in the ability to focus, follow directions and concentrate
* a reduction in argumentative, demanding and combative behavior
* fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression
* improvement in social skills
* fewer signs of emotional and behavioral withdrawal
* less acting out behavior and fewer conduct problems
* a reduction in behaviors characterized as “strange"
* fewer physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomach aches, for which there is no apparent medical cause
* Increased energy, vitality, and stamina.
* Greater ability to handle stress.
* A strengthening of the immune system, resulting in fewer ailments and a speedier recovery from sickness.
* Relief from the discomforting symptoms of hypoglycemia, fatigue, mood swings, allergies, etc.
* Improved digestion and relief from constipation.
* Enhanced mental alertness and clarity.
* Improved memory.
* Alleviation of anxiety and depression.
* A stronger sense of direction and positive outlook on life.

As the study progressed, many children exhibited language and reading skill improvements. Parents and teachers, alike, began reporting that the children had better social and interactive skills, and more self-reliance.

This report also includes:

1. Practical guidelines on how to feed AFA to children, and the correct amount
2. Some of the parents favorite Algae recipes
3. Answers to many questions and concerns about your child’s health and AFA
4. Many beneficial and helpful contacts and further references

Reference: shirleys-wellness-cafe.com

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