is a blend of two compounds extracted from the cyanophyta
Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). These compounds are extracted using
a proprietary process that utilizes no chemicals or harsh agents.
One extract, which contains an L-selectin ligand,
supports the release of stem cells (CD34+ cells) from the bone marrow.
The other extract, a polysaccharide-rich fraction named Migratose™, may
support the migration of stem cells out of the blood into tissues.
Effectiveness of StemEnhance was
demonstrated in a triple-blind study:
SE= StemEnhance Group
Ctrl= Placebo Group
Volunteers rested for one hour
before establishing baseline levels. After the first blood samples,
volunteers were given StemEnhance™ or placebo.
Thereafter, blood samples were taken at 30, 60 and
120 minutes after taking the consumables.
The number of circulating stem
cells was quantified by analyzing the blood samples using
Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting (FACS).
Consumption of StemEnhance
triggered a significant 25 % to 30 % increase in the number of circulating
We often receive the question: Why is AFA at times
referred to as blue-green algae while at other times it is called a
cyanobacteria or a cyanophyta? Why the different names?
A large field of science is the field of nomenclature
or how to name living things. This science, called taxonomy, was
developed by Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), and is based on the
classification of living organisms on the basis of physical
characteristics, for the most part. This system of nomenclature
comprises seven levels of classification: kingdom, phylum, class, order,
family, genus, and species. With this naming system, the entire
description of an organism is contained in its name, whether it is a
bacterium, a fungus, a flower or an animal. In common practice, however,
most living organisms are named using only their genus and species. For
example, the monarch butterfly is called Danaus plexippus, a dog is
Canis familiaris, a wolf Canis lupus, a man Homo sapiens, and... the
blue-green algae we know is Aphanizomenon flosaquae.
Since this system of taxonomy is largely based on
physical characteristics, plants or animals with similar characteristics
have similar names. For example, insects that have eight legs and a
two-segment body are Arachnidae or spiders. A scorpion is called
Scorpionida arachnida and a common spider is Araneae arachnida. A fruit
having one large pit is called Prunus. A peach is Prunus persica and an
apricot is Prunus armemaca. Likewise, a beautiful plant growing in water
was originally called Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, or "invisible flower of
Aphanizomenon is a genus of water plants
characterized by their filamentous colony-forming organization with
heterocysts that can fix atmospheric nitrogen. To the first observers,
Aphanizomenon was a plant like algae, since it carried the distinct
green color of chlorophyll. As it contained the unique blue pigment
phycocyanin, it was commonly called a blue-green algae, or -more
technically - cyanophyta, which means "blue plant." But when the
microscope was developed and AFA was first viewed under magnification,
scientists observed that it did not contain a nucleus, a characteristic
shared by all bacteria. Since it did contain phycocyanin, it was
referred to as cyanobacteria. On the basis of these observations, AFA
was defined at the time as both a plant (because of its chlorophyll
content) and a bacterium (because of its cytoplasmic DNA). But later,
with advances in biochemistry, another development made the story yet a
little more complex.
Scientists observed that AFA contained in its
membrane a molecule similar to glycogen, a polysaccharide made by animal
cells. Upon this characteristic, one could classify AFA as partly an
animal. So AFA is a bacterium or a plant -- and to some extent an animal
-- and the name one decides to give it depends on the angle from which
one wants to look at it.
It is in our human nature to classify and name
things. Giving names to things allows us to talk about them; it is an
important part of relating among ourselves. But there is a caveat to
classifying things: As we classify objects, we then relate more to the
classification than to the objects themselves. At times people have
expressed a concern because AFA is a bacterium. As we all know, there
are a number of bacteria that can carry very serious diseases. But to
think of AFA as a pathogen because it is a bacterium would be a little
like thinking that a house cat is dangerous because both fearsome tigers
and domestic cats are felines, or that a penguin has to be able to fly
because it is a bird. You can see that too much generalization within
any taxonomy can lead to serious misunderstandings!
Many bacteria are beneficial to health, and a number
of bacteria are essential to health. In the same way, AFA is a
beneficial microorganism. Whether AFA is called a plant or a bacterium
is truly just a matter of classification. Therefore, we are all accurate
when we call AFA a cyanobacterium (blue bacterium) OR a cyanophyta (blue
plant) OR cyanophycea (blue seaweed). The best way to refer to AFA,
however, is this: It is a beautiful aquatic plant which, when
concentrated in our unique and patented product, StemEnhance, enhances
stem cell physiology.
One gram of StemEnhance™ triggers an average 25-30%
increase in the number of circulating stem cells. The effect lasts for a
few hours. The suggested dose is 2 capsules once or twice
day, as a maintenance program, up to 6 capsules a day (morning, mid-day,
and night). Depending on your condition, you may increase or decrease