Recently, the New York Attorney general’s office targeted 4 major retailers that were selling supplements that contained little to none of the ingredient advertised. Though this kind of news is disheartening, it shouldn’t turn you away from using high quality supplements as part of your wellness regimen. There are absolutely good supplements out there.
Today we’re talking about one of our very favorite nutritional supplements: E3 Live. This pure, liquid algae is packed with 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids, making it one of the most nutrient dense food known to us currently. And it’s completely natural.
This unique and powerful blend of nutrients gives you healthy energy and helps you focus (yes, you could use it instead of coffee). Plus, it does wonders for your hair, skin, and nails.
Not only do we use E3 Live in our office regularly (scroll down for an E3 Live smoothie recipe!), but Kevin and Annmarie actually visited the lake where it’s harvested and spoke with the owners about their process of collecting the algae and testing it for purity and quality. So we can confidently say that this supplement is the real deal.
The Magic of Klamath Lake
It’s hard to talk about what makes E3 live so unique without talking about where it comes from.
Klamath Lake is the only place in the world where this special algae – called aphanizomenon flos-aquae – grows. (As long as we're being scientific, it's a type of blue-green algae, the same phylum as spirulina.) Here’s why: 7700 years ago, Mount Mazama erupted, covering its surroundings with ash as far north as Canada and as far south as what is now Klamath Lake, in South Oregon.
The lake formed on top of this mineral-rich ash, and is now fed by 17 rivers that continue to deliver these nutrients from the surrounding volcanic basin. Combine that with a climate that receives sunlight almost every day of the year and you have the conditions that led to the growth of this mineral-rich species of algae.
Given that soil degradation has resulted in lower mineral content in many of our crops, a good mineral supplement is becoming increasingly important.
Health Benefits of E3 Live
The nutritional content of E3 Live is superb, and apparent in its deep, dark color. What is surprising is that this liquid algae isn’t weirdly thick or offensive tasting at all. Niquita (our social media guru) describes the flavor as “grassy, mild, and not bitter or sweet…definitely better than a wheat grass shot.”
One of the best benefits of this supplement is the energy—it’s not the jittery boost that comes from coffee, but more of a sustained vibrancy that helps you crack down and focus on the task at hand. It also promotes endurance and speeds up recovery time, making it a great supplement for athletes.
The algae works with your gut, strengthening your digestion and intestinal health. More and more, research is suggesting that gut health is at the root of overall wellness, including your mental and emotional well-being. So it seems that by supporting our digestive systems, we are taking a step towards balanced brain chemistry as well.
And we have to mention that this supplement benefits your exterior. The wealth of minerals and essential fatty acids are what makes E3 live such a good beauty supplement, supporting the health of beautiful hair, skin, and nails.
How to Use E3 Live
E3 Live is frozen at peak freshness, to be thawed and enjoyed as you want it. Once you defrost it, it lasts 7-10 days in the refrigerator. They suggest thawing half of the bottle (pouring out the liquid and leaving the rest in the freezer for later) so that it stays as fresh as possible.
The easiest way to use E3 Live is just by taking a tablespoon of it straight. I swear it doesn’t taste bad… I actually kind of like the refreshingly green, non-bitter flavor. You can also add it to your water, juice, or smoothie.
I’m kind of picky when it comes to smoothies, so I was skeptical of how it would taste with E3 Live added to it. My rules: the texture of smoothie has to be right, not too mealy. And it can taste like a vegetable, as long as it tastes good.
The verdict: E3 Live works great in a green smoothie! It gives it a superfood burst, without the grainy mouthfeel that comes from adding powders. Here’s the recipe I’ve been using:
Green Berry Smoothie with E3 Live
- 1 large handful spinach
- 1 cup pure apple juice
- 1 cup frozen blackberries (other berries would work well, too)
- 1 shot E3 live
- More water if you need it to blend
Blend in your vitamix or other high speed blender and enjoy. 🙂
How It’s Made
The process of extracting and bottling E3 live is really simple. The algae is collected from Klamath Lake (the facility is right there on the lake, here's the video of Kevin and Annmarie visiting it!!) and then cleaned and dried using a low-heat method.
They send their product to other facilities to get unbiased testing done to ensure that the product is free of pesticides and heavy metals (among other things). They also get the water tested to make sure that is top quality as well.
This might be the best part, because this extra step really ensures that you’re getting a clean, safe, healthy product every time.
The Love Molecule
BrainOn is essentially E3 Live’s superhero cousin.
They use the same blue-green algae (aphanizomenon flos-aquae), then add extractions of its brain-supporting compounds: phycocyanin and phenylethylamine (PEA). So you get the same benefits of E3 Live, plus more.
Phycocyanin is found in chocolate, and it's nicknamed the “love molecule.” On top of these lovin’ feelings, it promotes clear thinking and focus. Raise your hand if you don’t need any of those things…
This is your supplement if you’re looking to gently and naturally balance, lift and brighten your mood. E3 Live original also has these brain-supporting compounds, just without additional extracts of them.
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