FAQs

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What is it?

PhytOriginal is a natural, unprocessed live marine phytoplankton Omega 3 EPA supplement.

It is a superior replacement to highly processed fish oil pills for people interested in the health benefits of essential fatty acid dietary supplements.


What is in it?

Nannochloropsis oculata is the species of live marine phytoplankton in every bottle of PhytOriginal.

Read more about the contents and nutrition information.


Eating phytoplankton sounds kind of weird, is it really ok?

Yes! Phytoplankton are basically tiny plants that convert sunlight into nutrients. Taking PhytOriginal live phytoplankton supplement is the best way to get high quality EFAs from the original source – a lot like eating freshly picked vegetables from a backyard garden.


I saw another company advertising a phytoplankton EPA supplement, so how can you say you’re the only one?

We are aware of other companies that sell phytoplankton derived EPA supplements. However, those supplements are either dead phytoplankton in liquid (the clue is that these do not require refrigeration) or phytoplankton heavily processed to extract the essential oils and sold as pills, just like fish oil.

We are currently the only source of a fresh, live phytoplankton EPA supplement.


Where is it made?

PhytOriginal is 100% made in the USA.

The live marine phytoplankton in PhytOriginal are carefully grown, cared for and packaged in our dedicated facility located in Chicago.


How do I take it?

Take 1 or 2 droppers of PhytOriginal each day. We like to take ours in the morning.

You can take PhytOriginal straight from the dropper or mix it into a beverage. Some great ideas are a glass of water, fresh vegetable juice or a protein smoothie.

There is a risk of nutrient loss if PhytOriginal is heated, so we do not recommend adding it to hot foods or cooking it into a meal.


What does it taste like?

Because these plankton must grow in ocean water conditions, the liquid they are in tastes slightly salty. Some customers say they also detect a hint of flavor similar to a fresh, leafy green vegetable.

If you don’t happen to prefer the slightly salty taste, simply dilute with water or another beverage of choice.


How should I store it?

To ensure the health of the live phytoplankton, please store your PhytOriginal in the refrigerator.


How long will it stay alive?

If stored properly in the refrigerator, your bottle of live PhytOriginal will remain viable for a minimum of 6 months.


How can I tell if it’s still alive?

A healthy, living bottle of PhytOriginal will contain a green liquid.

If the bottle contains a clear liquid with a layer of brown matter settled on the bottom, the phytoplankton have died.

If you receive a delivery of PhytOriginal that meets this description, please contact us right away and we will send a new bottle at no extra charge.


Is it vegetarian?

Yes! PhytOriginal is a vegetarian essentially fatty acid supplement.

Phytoplankton are tiny plants, similar to seaweed. When we say “alive” we mean we are keeping the plants alive and growing, not that they are a living, animal based product.


Is it really environmentally friendly?

Yes, absolutely. Fish oil pills require fishing boats to harvest dwindling ocean fish, which are then heavily processed in a factory. The alternative to ocean fish – commercial fish farms – cause significant pollution and result in less nutritious animals.

Phytoplankton are a sustainable, plant based source of Omega 3 fatty acids. This rich, renewable source of essential nutrition has the potential to reduce the overall pressure on global marine fisheries and improve the carbon footprint of the dietary supplement industry as a whole.


What is your return policy?

If you are unsatisfied for any reason, notify us within 21 days of the delivery date and we will issue a full refund upon receipt of the returned product.

 


How is it shipped? Where will you ship to?

All orders are shipped via USPS 2 Day service in order to maintain the temperature necessary to keep your PhytOriginal alive. It may arrive warm but this only causes a problem in rare cases.

To prevent product loss from shipments being held over weekends, we only ship on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Due to the need for controlled shipping conditions, at this time we can only ship to the continental United States and parts of Canada.


Will this make me have bad tasting, fishy burps like fish oil pills do?

Fishy aftertaste and burping happen when the fish oil in a pills supplement has gone rancid (spoiled).

PhytOriginal is made with living phytoplankton, not processed dead fish. It’s similar to eating a fresh salad, which means it’s not possible to have these spoiled, processed oil side effects.


Will this give me stomach pain, bloating, heartburn or diarrhea like fish oil pills do?

No. The Gastrointestinal distress some individuals experience with fish oil pills can be related to the oil itself being rancid, or their bodies adjusting to the sudden addition of concentrated oil to their diet.

PhytOriginal is made with living phytoplankton, not concentrated oil from dead fish. It is not processed or concentrated in any way, so cannot cause these side effects.


Can I take PhytOriginal if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

While there are indications that Omega-3 supplementation can be beneficial for mothers and their developing babies, there is no official recommendation from the medical community. We strongly recommend speaking with your doctor before taking any dietary supplements.