Niacin is a factor in the maintenance of good health and helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins (1).
A study examined the short-term effects of consumption of a moderate amount (1.5 grams) of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA), on the immune system. Using a crossover, placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind design, 21 volunteers were studied, including 5 long-term AFA consumers. Consumption of a moderate amount (1.5 grams) of the blue-green algae Aphanizomenon flos-aquae results in rapid changes in immune cell trafficking. Two hours after AFA consumption, a generalized mobilization of lymphocytes and monocytes, but not polymorph nucleated cells, was observed. This included increases in CD3+, CD4+, and CD8+ T cell subsets and CD19+ B cells. In addition, the relative proportions and absolute numbers of natural killer (NK) cells were reduced after AFA consumption. A mild but significant reduction in phagocytic activity was observed for polymorph nucleated cells. Consumption of AFA leads to rapid changes in immune cell trafficking, but not direct activation of lymphocytes. Thus, AFA increases the immune surveillance without directly stimulating the immune system (2).
Blue Green Algae formulation
- A source of niacin for the maintenance of good health.
Blue-green Algae Aphanizomenon flos-aquae Whole Organism: 600 mg
Niacin Aphanizomenon flos-aquae whole organism / niacin: 30 mg
Take two capsules two times daily, or as recommended by your healthcare practitioner. For prolonged use, consult your healthcare practitioner.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use. If you have an autoimmune disorder or if you are currently taking immunosuppressant medication, consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use. People sensitive to nicotinic acid may experience flushing of the skin that is generally mild and transient.
Hypromellose, cellulose, magnesium stearate
Safety-sealed for your protection and for product freshness. Do not use if outer seal is missing or broken. Store in a cool, dry place.