In the last decade, a growing scientific interest has underlined the potentially huge role of adult stem cells in the maintenance and repairing of human and animal life-sustaining tissues. Adult stem cells differ from embryonic stem cells only as they are produced after birth, but are very similar to embryonic stem cells in their ability to differentiate into new and specialized cells. This replaces dying or damaged cells - contributing to the regeneration of damaged bodily tissues.
Embryonic stem cells are totipotent - they are able to differentiate in any cell of the body. Adult stem cells (ASC) can be multipotent but also be unipotent - are able to self-renew only into one type of cells. However, this is not necessarily a limitation. ASC are characterized as specific, compartmentalized cells. Some of them have many functions while others seem to have a more limited function.
So far, the list includes: hematopoietic, neural, mesenchymal, endothelial, mammary, olfactory, intestinal and testicular stem cells. However, among the various types of ASC, only some seems to have this more systemic ability for the self-renewal of the organism:
Research shows that these types of stem cells constitute a system of self-maintenance and self-renewal able to keep the human and animal organism healthy and young.
The secret is to find natural substances, such as AFA microalgae, that are able to strongly support and maintain the activity and metabolism of those most fundamental stem cells.
AFA stands for Aphanizomenon flos aquae, the “Invisible flower of the water”.There are about 60 different types of AFA. However, the one that is widely consumed as a nutritional supplement is the strain that is uniquely found in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, USA. It is spefically named Aphanizomenon flos aquae Ralfs ex Born. & Flah. Var. flos aquae.
Klamath AFA is unique due the special conditions of lake itself. Upper Klamath Lake is nested in an area of volcanic mountains. It is high up at 1300 meters of altitude. It is surrounded by a desert. As a result, it has 300 days of sunshine per year (great opportunities for photosynthesis), and very cold winters that force AFA algae to produce essential fatty acids such as Omega 3.
The Lake itself is rather large (approx. 52 x 12 km), but also rather shallow, again favoring microalgal photosynthesis, but with a volcanic mineral deposit of up to 10 meters, explaining the unique mineral richness of Klamath AFA.
In spite of the badmouthing of the lake by interested critics, the lake is as pristine as a lake can be today. It is one the most important site for permanent and migrating birds in Western USA, and in the summer you can find tens of thousands of birds as the only inhabitants of the lake (of course besides the vast stock of fish they feed upon), ranging from the famous Dancing Grebes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdhJGcLZymY ) to Pelicans to Bald Eagles, the symbol of the United States which can survive only in unpolluted areas.
In this extraordinary environment, Klamath AFA, is harvested wild and is possibly the richest food on earth. In absolute terms Klamath AFA beats pretty much any other food or superfood in terms of nutrition.
Its super-rich nutritional profile includes:
Klamath AFA has also the widest content of more than 70 minerals and trace minerals, including significant quantities of iron, natural fluorine, and vanadium, essential for insulin metabolism and the metabolic syndrome. Klamath AFA is also a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and has the widest spectrum of carotenoids, including important xantophylls such as lutein, zaxanthin, astaxanthin and licopene. We recently discovered also that AFA has possibly the highest content of polyphenols.
Speaking of nutraceutical molecules, Klamath AFA has a such an important array of such molecules, that their discovery over time explained many of the apparently miraculous health effects that people reported experiencing.
It is from the research developed mainly by my own research group that specific AFA extracts were invented that concentrated some of the most relevant AFA molecules:
These molecules, though, work together also to stimulate stem cells metabolism, an action that complements and completes the many essential properties we mentioned above, making the complex of the two extracts possibly the most perfect supplement to enhance health, wellness and youthfulness.
Spirulina is the other cyanobacterial microalgae consumed as a nutritional supplement. Both AFA and Spirulina are "blue-green algae", that is they belong to the class of primordial cyanobacteria, the first form of life on the planet, also called procaryotes, which differ from all other forms of subsequent life insofar as they do not have a cell wall, they are easily digested. On the other hand, Chlorella, which is a single celled microalgae, but not a cyanobacteria, has a tough membrane that needs to be mechanically destroyed to make it digestible for humans.
They also precede the distinction between vegetables and animals, and so, while they are blue-green and live in water, they have up to 70% of proteins. Both also have one of the highest concentration of chlorophyll of all green foods, and contain exclusively the specific cyanobacterial pigments phycocyanins, endowed with many and profound health properties.
However, besides their common traits, there are also very significant differences between AFA Klamath, Spirulina and Chlorella, as made clear by the following table:
Klamax® is a proprietary combination of the two patented AFA extracts Klamin® and AphaMax®, which concentrates the relevant molecules from AFA 5-7:1. Each extract has independent and unique properties, but together they perform a complete action on both somatic and neuronal stem cells.
Other AFA extracts, were supposed to concentrate other molecules, even though they probably were secretly and illegally reproducing our patented Klamin® and AphaMax® extracts.
However, today´s available extracts are either fake, being presented as extracts but really having the same or less concentration that the whole algae; or they are diluted with other substances such as spirulina. As such, their molecular concentration is lower than the whole AFA. Only with Klamax® you get the true extracts, endowed with many health-enhancing properties, including they ability to work synergistically to promote both the release and the circulation of somatic and neuronal stem cells.
Warning! This is going to get very technical.
We have seen that stem cells are the repair and maintenance mechanism our body uses to keep us young and healthy. Hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells are generated for the most part in the bone marrow of different bones, while neural stem cells are generated from within the brain through mechanisms that are still not fully understood.
In order for stem cells to be able to perform their repairing function, they first have to be released from the original site of production, and then have to migrate toward the bodily site in need of repair. The ways in which stems cells are released are various, and still not fully known.
Hematopoietic stem cells are kept in the bone marrow. They are attached to cell receptors called Selectins (L-selectin, E-selectin), so substances that attach to the Selectin receptor, prevent the attachment of the stem cells, which are thus released into the bloodstream. AFA algae has been shown to contain one such L-selectin ligand, which makes AFA able to stimulate the release of hematopoietic stem cells.
But there are other mechanisms of release that are affected by AFA´s molecular components. A major one is the degradation of stem cells niches (where stem cells are kept) by fibrinolysis (the dissolving of fibrin) and proteolysis (the dissolving of extra-cellular tissues by protease enzymes), something that AFA-phycocyanins do by stimulating both fibrinolysis and proteolysis directly, and by indirectly (via the stimulation of urokinase) activating the matrix metallo-proteinases, which are the endogenous molecules mainly responsible for the proteolytic degradation of unnecessary tissues. This is also the mechanism by which phycocyanins stimulate the proliferation and release of fibroblasts, the stem cells of the skin; but it also applies to almost all other mesenchymal stem cells, making thus AFA-phycocyanins a very powerful general somatic stem cells releaser.
One more path to enhance the release of stem cells has been recently discovered, and is related to the circadian rhythms, insofar as they regulate the secretion of adrenaline into the bone marrow, adrenaline which through various mechanism enhance the proliferation of stem cells.
Here, Klamax® plays another important role, as its PEA acts as an activator of the dopaminergic cascade, which leads to a higher production of adrenaline.
Finally PEA, and the Klamin® extract that concentrates it, have shown to play a very important role in the release and proliferation of neural stem cells, the brain and nervous system specific stem cells: Klamin® does indeed very significantly increases, in animals, the production of brain erythropoietin (EPO), which is the general precursor of neuroblasts (the activated version of neural stem cells), which in turn is the mother of all neuronal tissues and neurotransmitters. Klamax® thus promotes the release of stem cells, both somatic and neuronal, in almost all the various ways that have been identified as paths for their generation and release.
When we then move to the migration of stem cells, here too Klamax® helps significantly. Once in the blood, stem cells have to migrate towards the bodily site in need of repair. Here emerges the cheating that has been done by other AFA companies and their presumed "scientists". They patented an AFA compound they defined as a polysaccharide, to be concentrated through an ethanol extraction. But soon after, realizing that the actual mobilizing compound was a different one, published an article explaining that the mobilizing factor for immune cells (which are very similar to stem cells) was a set of "low molecular weight peptides", without though defining the actual nature of such compounds.
Among low molecular weight molecules there are both PEA and mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs), both of which are concentrated in the patented Klamin® extract. Since they could not reveal they were actually reproducing my patented extract, they kept talking about ethanol extract and polysaccharides. But the reality is that the molecules activating the migration of stem cells from the blood into tissues are PEA and MAAs, both of which have receptors in immune cells and very likely in stem cells, that are moved to migrate once PEA and MAAs attach to them.
This means that Klamax®, concentrating both AFA-phycocyanins in the Aphamax® extract, and PEA and MAAs in the Klamin® extract, has the ability of acting on all types of stem cells, both somatic and neuronal, stimulating both their release into the bloodstream and their migration from the bloodstream into organs and tissues.
Both Klamin® and AphaMax® are water extracts from AFA, and each represent a specific fraction of the whole microalgae. The difference between the two is that while both are water mechanical extracts, the water extract is produced through different Ultrafiltration membranes: Klamin® concentrates for the most part the small molecular weight molecules, and only some of the higher molecular weight phycocyanins; AphaMax® concentrates the mid range of molecular weight, thus generating the highest concentration AFA-phycocyanins.
Each extract concentrates its relevant molecules approximately 5:1. So, Klamin® concentrates the unique phenylethylamine (PEA) molecule from approx. 3 mg/gr to 15-18 mg/gr; and the mycosporine-like amino acids Porphyra and Shinorine from approx. 0.8 mg/gr to 2.7 mg/gr. AphaMax® concentrates the unique AFA-phycocyanins from approx. 50 mg/gr in the whole AFA to approx. 250 mg/gr in the extract. Overall, each gram of the extract provides the same quantity of molecules of 5 to 7 grams of whole AFA.
Even though each extract has its own action on stem cells, and together they perform a total action on both somatic and neuronal stem cells, each extract has further and very important specific properties, backed by significant scientific evidence:
Klamin®: PEA has very wide neuro-modulating and immune-modulating properties. It is also considered the "molecule of love". Our brain produces it mostly when we are in love, or happy or enthusiastic about something. We all know that when we are in love we are happy, healthy and thin (also because love, by stimulating dopamine, makes one feel satiated and not hungry at all). PEA may be the molecule responsible for all that.
PEA is known to be a general neuromodulator. It is also a powerful immune-modulator even with activities at the digestive and gastro-intestinal levels.
Taking the PEA by itself would be useless, as once ingested is rapidly destroyed by the enzymes monoaminooxidase-B (MAO-B). Klamin® solves this problem as it contains other molecules, such as AFA-phycocyanins and mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs), which act as powerful yet physiological MAO-B inhibitors.
Klamin® has proven its efficacy in different clinical studies on mood, depression, anxiety and stress, fatigue, ADHD, autism, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer, Parkinson, MS; as well as on the increase of libido and as a powerful appetite suppressant, inhibiting especially the so called nervous hunger, the nervous munching between meals.
You can find a summary of these studies in my Booklet on Klamin® and AphaMax® clinical studies.
AphaMax®: the specific phycocyanins of AFA, the AFA-phycocyanins concentrated in AphaMax®, have proven to be the most powerful antioxidant of all known molecules - up to 40 times more powerful than quercetine and catechines. They are also very powerful anti-inflammatory substances, comparable to the new COX-2 inhibiting drugs but without the side effects.
Tested on mice that were injected with capsaicin in stomach and urinary bladder, with a huge increase in inflammation, when also given AphaMax® the inflammation was completely, 100% inhibited.
We have also done a human study on psoriasis, and with only 3 tablets a day of a product based on AphaMax®, 8 out of 10 patients had their psoriasis solved within 3 months.
We have done research related to cancer proliferation, and we have found a very strong ability of AFA-phycocyanins to generate the apoptosis (self-death) of cancer cells, as well as the ability to inhibit the generation of cancer metastases. They are only preliminary data, but very promising.
As phycocyanins are also able to stimulate the proliferation of fibroblasts, the skin´s own stem cells, and have also a very powerful fibrinolytic activity (the ability to dissolve the fibrin that keeps together both the cardiovascular plaque as well as cellulite tissues) AphaMax® is also at the core of the transdermal project and patent.
Both Klamin® and AphaMax® have also a powerful activity on stem cells, and studies have proven the ability of all the molecules concentrated in the two extracts to promote both the release and the circulation of both somatic and neural stem cells.
While our AFA algae is harvested from Klamath Lake, in Oregon, USA, the manufacturing branch of the Nutrigea group of companies, which is the group that owns the patents and has licensed Klamax® to iGalen®, is in Italy. It is at the Blue Lotus factory that the pre-mix beverage formula has been developed, and where very stringent quality controls guarantee that the product is clean, effective and free of any contaminants or excipients.
Some benefits can be immediate, such as mental clarity and mood improvement. Other benefits can emerge over time. Better energy, better sleep and stress reduction may appear within the first few weeks. Same also with sex drive and reduction of nervous appetite. The effects on the immune system, either for winter illnesses or for allergies, can be seen within the first 2-3 months (in case of allergies, better double the dose). For more therapeutic interventions, involving neurodegenerative conditions, improvements can be seen sometimes surprisingly fast, but deeper result will require at least 6 months.
There is no known interactions with any pharmaceutical drugs. AphaMax® has proven to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, but without reducing its activity. As to food, the only interaction can be better digestion, better assimilation, reduction of the glycemic intake. However, for best results it would be better to drink Klamax® on an empty stomach, but also up to 30 minutes before a meal.
The Klamax® formula is exclusive to iGalen® worldwide. It is an innovative formula, since a product mixing Klamin® and AphaMax® was never before produced.
Moreover, iGalen® will launch in the next months the absolutely innovative Klamére Transdermal system, based on the concept of the delivery of the AFA-phycocyanins through the skin and into the derma, with extraordinary results on conditions such as cellulite, strechmarks, skin tonicity and wrinkles, as well as physiotherapy conditions such as muscle lesions, joint inflammation and calcifications.
Whoever has seen the results of such methodology, has concluded that this will be a real game changer, which has been licensed with a worldwide exclusive to iGalen® for home and personal use.