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Old 06-05-2017, 10:37 AM #1
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Default marine phytoplankton claims to be "effective in treating" fibro: overly optimistic?

Has anyone heard of marine phytoplankton supplements? I hadn't until my mom started telling me about this powder she was taking that was supposed to be great for... well... all kinds of things. She's using a brand called Karen that has been approved by Health Canada and seems to be sold in a bunch of pharmacies now (the company is based in Sackville, NB, Canada, where I went to school, so that's cool). The phytoplankton is cultivated under controlled conditions, so it should at least be free of toxins and generally safe. The company describes it more as a food like kale or spinach. It is, of course, ridiculously pricey, even for a supplement.

Anyway, Mom gave me a pack of the pills to try, but like any supplements I take, I want to see some amount of evidence of the potential benefits. The company website gives very little information on the science behind it, giving only anecdotal evidence, though they are preparing to do some clinical studies. Statements on some other websites are more than a little incredible: "Karen is approved by Health Canada and according to company-led studies and anecdotal reports from those who have consumed it, Karen is effective in treating everything from digestive issues, inflammation, fibromyalgia and migraine to chronic pain, low energy and skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema." Similar claims are given for other companies' products.

That "effective in treating" claim raises a TON of red flags for me. I haven't found a direct statement from Health Canada, or any support from medical practitioners. Until independent studies are done, I'm highly skeptical. I'm still willing to give it a go, but only as a supplement to my intake of leafy greens.

So, has anyone heard of this product, either Karen or other companies? Has anyone tried it and if so have you noticed a difference in your health.
Also, if anyone can find some reliable research or any medical support, that would be helpful too (I tend not to trust studies by the company itself).

In the meantime, thought you should know this is out there in case you do want to try it, but be wary of overly optimistic health claims.

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