Health drink harvests ocean nutrients
March 25, 2006
Rick Snyder may live nearer to mountain peaks, but his new business stems from the bottom of the ocean.
Snyder, a Park City area resident, is an independent affiliate with ForeverGreen, a health products company based in Orem that has combined marine phytoplankton with other natural nutrients to create the product FrequenSea, a whole foods, a liquid whole food.
Shortly after a friend introduced him to the product, he decided to join the company. FrequenSea is eight months old, he says. It was released onto the market just last August.
A few years ago, Snyder worked in California, introducing technology to "large, faceless companies designed to reduce their head count," whereas what he does now with FrequenSea, "brings a lot of positives for people," he says.
"ForeverGreen has done a really good job of making a very beneficial product for people with a distribution method that allows them to save money on their purchases by sharing the product with others," he said.
Thus far, Snyder has not advertised much locally, and initially found international markets often appear to be more open to alternative, natural health solutions. The office hours he keeps are typically between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m., to catch the tail end of Europe’s day and Australia and New Zealand’s morning.
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He has no doubt, however, that health-conscious Parkites will also be interested in the product.
"A lot of people have reported FrequenSea has made them healthier, they sleep better, have more energy and some have reported it has helped them to combat cancer," he says, noting that while some products boast one or two nourishing deep sea ingredients, FrequenSea has hundreds.
In its product information, FrequenSea quotes Jacques Cousteau who said, "the future of nutrition is found in the ocean" a statement that appears to be gathering support in the current field of holistic health and nutrition, according to at least one of the University of Utah’s adjunct professors of family and preventative medicine, Hugo Rodier, M.D.
In his research report, "Plankton, a Super Food: Originating life and Sustaining it," Rodier espouses the benefits of of ingredients harvested from the ocean, such as unicellular phytoplankton, and in particular the blue-green algae Spirulina two primary ingredients found in FrequenSea.
In his report, Rodier notes that the micronutrients and electrolytes in plankton are what human cell membranes need to carry out their metabolism. The new science of Metabolomics and Environmental Microbiology, he says, are pointing to way back to the origins of life: algae and plankton.
"Algae is extremely important for many reasons, perhaps the most important is that these nutrients maintain human cell membranes in structure and function," he writes. "This is vital for cell detoxification and for the overall metabolism of human cells."
Spirulina has 62 percent amino acids, or 20 times more protein than soy and 2000 times more than beef, according to Rodier, and "is the richest source of vitamin B12 and it contains high levels of minerals like zinc."
A month’s supply of FrequenSpa comes in four bottles, with a recommended dose of two ounces. The drink tastes like a fruit cocktail with a tangy edge, since FrequenSea’s additional ingredients include land-dwelling plants and exotic fruits such as noni, a tree berry from Tahiti and goji fruits from the Himalayas.
On its bottle, ForeverGreen, is careful to disclose the fact that the United State’s Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated FrequenSea. Instead, the company relies on testimonials to support its claims, along with a video about one of the product’s developers, Tom Harper.
In the video, Harper explains that he has worked to produce plankton off the shores of the Pacific Northwest in a $30 million organic sea lab for some time, when he was diagnosed with cancer. Doctors, he says, told him he had only nine months to live, when he began to add plankton from his farm to his diet. Eating marine plankton saved his life, he claims.
Last year, Harper teamed with ForeverGreen president Ron Williams to create FrequenSea. The marine life components in FrequenSea come from his tanks, according to Snyder.
Snyder reports that since he’s joined the company, he has encountered many skeptics who have changed their minds once they’ve seen Harper’s story, and that it was one of the factors that inspired him to try the product himself.
For more information, or to attend a FrequenSea tasting Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m., call Rick Snyder at (435) 658-0287 or e-mail through http://www.frequensea.com/worldwide. For additional information on the ForeverGreen company, visit http://www.forevergreen.com. To watch a video about Tom Harper, go to http://www.planktonpro.com.
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