The INGREDIENT: The History

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The origin of marine phytoplankton (microalgae) dates back to 2.5 billion years. These organisms were responsible for the production of oxygen that turned the atmosphere of our planet into a “breathable” environment that allowed the development of other life forms. We cultivate the phytoplankton for TetraSOD®, we do not collect from the oceans.
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icono tetrasod ingredientecomes from the Greek phyto, or plant (they make photosynthesis to grow actually)?

the ingredient tetrasod is the foundation and first form of food, life and nutrition in the ocean?

the ingredient tetrasodcan survive in extreme environments thanks to the bioactive compounds they produce (like powerful antioxidants)?

the ingredient tetrasodproduces 50% of the oxygen we breathe?

the ingredient tetrasodhas a tremendous impact on sustainability because they are located at the base of marine ecosystem food chain?

The discovery:

what feeds life now restores your health during ageing

With an area of 11,300 ha and in the heart of the Doñana Nature Reserve, Veta La Palma estate constitutes an authentic natural paradise and a perfect example of biodiversity. Over 250 different species of birds and fishes feed in its abundant waters. But below its waters, it hides a true environmental treasure: marine phytoplankton.

  • Why Flamingos fly a long journey of 150 miles every day to take the feed for their chicks from the marine life in Veta la Palma?
  • Why is the quality of the fish from the aquaculture farm in Veta la Palma excellent and with a long shelf life?

There must be something in the water.

After an intensive work for 15 years in the searching of active marine ingredients, our scientific and R&D team has discovered an exclusive strain with the highest antioxidant bioactivity directed to maintain a healthy ageing, boosting the natural processes of detoxification.

What is TetraSOD®?

The secret for a healthy ageing is inside the sea

Sod activity (U/g dry weight)

The most powerful ingredient against oxidative stress

TetraSOD® is a unique marine ingredient (marine microalgae Tetraselmis chuii) that is grown under patent-protected technology. It accumulates 30-fold more SOD activity than any other marine phytoplankton strain on the market today (30,000 IU/g). SOD is the first essential enzyme in the antioxidant pathway, which makes it the first shield against oxidative stress. TetraSOD® is the most concentrated SOD source in the market, with science-backed demonstrated efficiency on activating the antioxidant response pathway in human cells.
TetraSOD® is not only a SOD product, but also a healthy functional ingredient with the most balanced nutritional composition: it contains the three antioxidative enzymes (SOD, GPx and CAT), essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and pigments.
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Proven antioxidant capability

Superoxide Dismutase Activity ≥30,000 IU
CAA (Cellular Activity Assay) 38.94 µmol QE
ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) 343 µmol TE

What is SOD?

Superoxide dismutases (SOD) are considered key factors in cellular protection against free radicals, representing the first line of defense to prevent oxidative damage. SOD is the most powerful antioxidant in the cell, and catalyzes the dismutation of superoxide anion to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which is further transformed to water (H2O) and molecular oxygen (O2) by the accessory enzymes glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and catalase (CAT). Given the critical function of SOD, these enzymes can be found in all taxonomic groups of living organisms, from prokaryotes (archaea and bacteria) to lower and higher eukaryotes, differing in the number of different enzymes they possess. All known SOD are metalloenzymes, that is, they require a metal cofactor for the activity, with iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), nickel (Ni), copper (Cu) and manganese (Mn) being those normally bound to SOD. TetraSOD® exhibits the highest SOD activity found currently in nature. Under the production technology developed by Fitoplancton Marino, figures higher than 30,000 IU/g of biomass can be measured. A detailed bioinformatic analysis of the available genetic information for the microalgae Tetraselmis chuii has allowed the identification of three genes encoding for SOD, each one potentially corresponding to either Mn, Cu-Zn, or Ni isoforms. The combined action of these three enzymes contributes to the extremely high global SOD activity displayed by TetraSOD®.
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The PRODUCTION process

We cultivate (never collect) a unique marine phytoplankton that is grown under patent-protected technology to create TetraSOD®, the most powerful ingredient against oxidative stress. TetraSOD® is produced using a green and sustainable patented process that assures the highest quality and without any physical or chemical further reaction.
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