Lancaster Labs, Lancaster, PA, Testing
Super Blue Green® Algae for Vitamin B12 Activity
It is known that generally only bacteria (not plants) synthesize vitamin B12. In line with this, it should be remembered that Aphanizomenon flos-aquae is not a typical "plant," but is instead technically termed a "cyanobacterium." While it is possible, then, that Aph. flos-aquae synthesizes B12, based on the best evidence available, algologists are inclined to believe that Aph. flos-aquae accumulates B12 that has been synthesized by other bacteria, much as animals do by assimilating it from their environment. By whatever method Aph. flos-aquae obtains vitamin B12, numerous microbiological tests approved by the Association of Analytical Chemists (AOAC) demonstrate that Aph. flos-aquae does indeed contain significant amounts of this vital nutrient.
Specifically, Aph. flos-aquae has been tested by Lancaster Labs for B12 levels using AOAC microbiological testing methods 952.20 and 960.46.
Vitamin B12, which is in the corrinoid family, contains many variations or "analogs," some of which are active in humans and some of which are not active in humans. The testing results on Aph. flos-aquae, while not discerning exactly which B12 analogs are present, indicate significant B12 activity.