Algae for Energy, Recovery, and Great Skin with Catharine Arnston

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Explore the incredible benefits of algae with Catharine Arnston. First, you need to know that it’s not a supplement, but a true superfood. This episode focuses on two remarkable algae varieties: spirulina, a vibrant blue-green algae packed with collagen, B vitamins, and essential amino acids, and chlorella, another green gem with unique properties. Discover the differences between these algae powerhouses, when and how to incorporate them into your daily routine, and the science behind their health-boosting effects.

Prepare to also dive into the intricate world of enzymes, including superoxide dismutase and ficocyanin, as we explore their role in reducing angiogenesis in cancer cells and enhancing immunity against viral infections, including a certain well-known virus we’ve all heard about in recent years.

Our discussion doesn’t stop there. Dr. Stephanie and Catharine explore the myriad applications of algae, from helping children with autism to supporting the demanding lifestyles of athletes and individuals like Dr. Stephanie, a 45-year-old woman dedicated to weight training and cardio.

This episode offers a deep, scientifically rich conversation that promises to captivate your inner nerd.


Catharine started ENERGYbits after her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and advised by her oncologist that an alkaline diet would help her heal. Catharine immediately sprung into action to help her sister research alkaline foods and in the process she discovered algae. When Catharine learned that algae was the most alkaline, plant-based, nutrient-dense food in the world and had been used for fifty years in Asia to improve health and longevity, she knew she had discovered something big (and yes, her sister fully recovered – thanks for asking).

As Catharine dug into the science of algae, she learned it had 64% protein, and 40 vitamins/minerals and was endorsed by the United Nations and NASA as the most nutrient-dense food in the world. She also discovered there were 100,000 studies documenting its long list of benefits and it was the world’s most sustainable, eco-friendly food crop. And yet algae remained virtually unknown outside of Asia. How could this be possible? Catharine knew algae could be a game changer for our health, our children and our world if she could only convince people it wasn’t weird. And so ENERGYbits was born.

Links for this episode:

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Spirulina in Clinical Practice: Evidence-Based Human Applications – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136577/

A deep dive into Zero Hunger: the seaweed revolution – https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/11/1077212

Phycocyanin: A Potential Drug for Cancer Treatment – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5687155/

C-Phycocyanin exerts anti-cancer effects via the MAPK signaling pathway in MDA-MB-231 cells – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5785878/

NAC, Spirulina, Other Nutraceuticals May Play Role On Coronavirus Treatment – https://scienceblog.com/514404/nac-spirulina-other-nutraceuticals-may-play-role-on-coronavirus-treatment/

Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Aging Evaluation of Pigment-Protein Complex Extracted from Chlorella Pyrenoidosa – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31623220/

Studies on the biosorption of heavy metals onto Chlorella vulgaris – https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10934529409376043

Algae Protects Mitochondria Health With Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)

Algae Tablets for Brain Health

Brain Health with Algae

Cancer Free with Algae

Episode Overview:

0:04:50 Understanding Algae: Macroalgae vs. Microalgae
0:09:10 Introduction to Spirulina and Chlorella
0:11:35 The Power of Vegetables and Proper Supplementation
0:21:06 Mechanism of Action: Phycocyanin and Cancer Cell Destruction
0:30:51 Spirulina: The Ultimate Calorie-Conscious Superfood
0:41:15 Collagen and its Role in Muscle Growth
0:50:41 Spirulina and Chlorella for Detox and Wellness Benefits
0:53:37 Spirulina and Chlorella for Improving Brain Function in Autistic Children
0:57:09 Spirulina and Chlorella as Food for Athletes, Providing Focus and Energy
1:00:06 Try Taking 30 EnergyBits Before Your Next Workout

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