I love to learn about the latest trends in health and nutrition and I feel like the theme of 2017 so far has been health benefits from the algae! When I was approached by Canadian company, Blugenics Karen Phytoplankton, to investigate the health benefits of phytoplankton I was intrigued.

What is it?

Phytoplankton – found in the ocean and considered the world’s original vegetable – is also known as microalgae. It contains omega fatty acids, vitamins A, C, D and K, beta carotene, dietary fibre, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, selenium, iron and protein.

According to company-led studies, Karen is effective in treating everything from digestive issues, inflammation, fibromyalgia and migraines to chronic pain, low energy and skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema. It’s a general health supplement not for any specific need.

Health Benefits

I put my student hat on and hit the University library for more information on the health benefits of phytoplankton. It looks like there hasn’t been a ton of research about phytoplankton but alternative health companies have been talking about it for years and comparing the benefits to those of spirulina and chlorella.

I found a great article breaking it down on Wellness Mama.

And they aren’t combing the beaches for algae- ha ha! Karen phytoplankton is cultivated in a facility that is certified according to strict global food safety protocols HACCP and ISO 22,000, meaning the product is non-toxic and entirely safe for consumption. It is Health Canada approved.


Blugenics Karen Phytoplankton is giving one of my readers a on-month supply to Better LIVIN reader. Enter by February 15th! Rules: Only open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec).


Allergen-free, Karen is available over-the-counter at pharmacies, health food stores, and health and wellness centres across Canada in pure powder and tablet form for $49.99.

For a list of retailers or to order online, visit www.thekarenproject.ca.

Valentine’s Day Promotion

Kare is also doing a special Valentine’s Day promotion where they will be giving away a one hotel room stay for a couples getaway.  Click here for further details.


Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by Karen, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


  • Brenda Penton February 8, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I have heard of phytoplankton from a few blogs and youtube videos. I’ve been interested in trying it to see how it makes me feel.

    • Rachel February 8, 2017 at 9:14 am

      It’s a new one to me, but I’m hearing good things! Good luck in the raffle!

  • Katie February 8, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I’ve never heard of phytoplankton but it is very intriguing! I’m definitely interested in trying it out!

    • Rachel February 8, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Yeah, it’s the second time this year I’ve been introduced to ocean-based nutritional supplements. I think it’s the newest health trend of 2017. 🙂 Good luck! I hope you win!

  • Lisa Evans February 11, 2017 at 3:52 am

    I have been taking Karen for just over 2 years and my IBS is all but gone now thanks to this miracle green powder Healthy gut, healthy you!

    • Rachel February 11, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience Lisa! 🙂

  • J February 11, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Very informative article on a very interesting supplement . Would love to try! Need something for energy.

    • Rachel February 11, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Good luck on the giveaway!

  • Natalie February 12, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I bought this product for energy and I’m starting it today!

  • krissy February 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    So interesting! Love reading about new things!

    xx krissy

    • Rachel February 13, 2017 at 6:39 am

      I had no idea algae had so many health benefits! It’s pretty cool.

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