A note on our AFA Bulk Powder

AFA Sample in water and powder

The picture to the left is our one pound resealable bag of 100% afa blue green algae, next to a glass of dissolved afa in water, and a small open tray of dried AFA. The usual color of the powder these days is a dark green, and it does vary a bit, sometimes displaying a hint of turquoise. The AFA can be dried via a low temperature air dry process, or a conveyor belt process, or using freeze dried technologies.  In each case the final output will have some variation in appearance.  We see a fine powder come from the air and freeze dry methods, and we see tiny crystals coming from the belt dryer.  In all cases, it is still 100% afa and is sold as "bulk" or "powder" or "flakes". The nomenclature may vary but the product is the same.  We do not differentiate flakes, powder or bulk as different products, only form.

The liquid in the glass is water in which the blue green algae has been dissolved and let to stand overnight. If you do this test with your algae, you will see a blue color, although the intensity and hue will vary, as each crop has minor differences.  The blue color is indicative of the phycocyanin concentration in the afa. We do not publish a different picture with each batch.  As the phycocyanin composition will vary, so will the intensity of the color of each batch.

Note, that the only commercial source of AFA is from upper Klamath Lake in Oregon, and the product is wild-crafted directly from the lake. Because the crop of AFA grows naturally in the lake, the composition, color and density will have a tendancy to vary between batches, and sometimes even within the same batch.  Each algae harvesting company runs comprehensive tests on their harvested algae to ensure it is within the acceptable testing limits.   We do not make guarantees as to the color or slight variations in composition or density.

We have been receiving inquiries on using the AFA for its phycocyanin properties, to turn liquids and food blue.  Although this may be a property of the AFA, it is not a food coloring, and the use of AFA as such is not discussed or supported herein.  Two of the major AFA harvesters also produce an extract product which enhances the phycocyanin concentration in the algae.  These two products are made from Spirulina and not AFA. 

The picture of the blue liquid is characteristic of the AFA powder in water - your results may vary.  If you are looking for higher concentrations of phycocyanins take a look at Cerule's Cyactiv, or E3Live's Blue Majik.


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