I love science. I love how our understanding of the universe has gotten sharper and brighter with each passing moment. These days, with the benefit of a worldwide communication network and an array of sophisticated tools, our progress has become almost daily. Humanity has learned more in the last ten years than it has in the hundred years before that, or the thousand years before that. I like to think of science as a jigsaw puzzle where each piece is a single factor observation. At first, you have a whole bunch of these pieces, and they seem random and disjointed. If you’re lucky, there’s a picture on the front of the box to give you some clues. Just start with the easy pieces: the four corners, and then the edges. They’re easy to pick out of the pile, and once you put them together you have a literal framework. A rectangular space where you can be certain all the other pieces will end up. You know each piece has its place, and all you need is good eyes and a lot of patience. If two pieces click together, and the picture on both pieces seem to line up, you’ve got a winner.

Scientists have it rough. They can’t look at the completed picture in advance, and some of the pieces might not even be in the box… some of them are lost behind the couch, or under a rug, or even mixed up with the pieces of a different jigsaw puzzle. Some of those pieces might even be invisible to the naked eye… you need an ultraviolet light or an electron microscope to even realize they exist! But when the pieces do fit together, there’s no denying it: You’ve got a beautiful picture taking shape right in front of your eyes.

I’m not a scientist myself. I have no formal education. I couldn’t explain particle physics to you if my life depended on it. But I can still appreciate the scientific process, and it fills me with joy to know what scientists are up to. So how can I love something without knowing every last detail? Simply put, I had a science teacher in high school who was genuinely passionate. Not just about science, but about the art of teaching itself. He was able to explain complicated things in very simple ways, and he was enthusiastic about sharing those ideas with others. Such teachers are worth their weight in gold. In the scientific community, such people are called “science communicators.” They explain complicated topics in ways that the average person can understand. Anyone can throw out a bunch of raw data or convoluted formula to serve as concrete proof… but the talent is required to take a complex idea and make it simple, short, and elegant enough that even a child can understand it. It’s no coincidence that a lot of these science communicators are not only fascinating but entertaining. We’ve all heard of Bill Nye the science guy, but my personal favorite communicator is Neil deGrasse Tyson, current director of the Hayden Planetarium. Definitely check him out on YouTube! Simply put, you’ll learn more if you’re having fun.

With that said, I’d like to talk about bio-availability.

Your body needs vitamin B12. It only needs a little bit, but it’s very important. There’s plenty of foods that contain B12. Unfortunately, your body isn’t very good at digesting them: Most of the B12 goes to waste. The most reliable sources of B12 come from animal products because those animals have adapted to absorb B12 much better than humans have. Unfortunately, vegetarians have very few options outside of artificial supplements. Even then, you have to over-saturate your system with B12 just to ensure that your body absorbs a tiny fraction of it.

Karen Phytoplankton doesn’t just contain B12. It has a very high rate of bio-availability, which means that your body absorbs it more efficiently. Instead of bombarding yourself with large doses in the hope that a tiny fraction will get through, you should take smal but regular doses that absorb more readily (Sort of like how it’s better to take a quick shower every day than a single long bath every week!). Not only is this more efficient, but it poses less risk of overdose. The easier it is for your body to digest it, the less work it has to do and the less stress and strain it places on your system.

It doesn’t matter how much raw data a teacher gives you. What matters is how much you understand and how much you remember. A good teacher knows how to keep their students fascinated and entertained. It’s the same with nutrition: It doesn’t matter how much you eat if your body can’t make use of it, and you may even run the risk of overworking or unbalancing your system. We honestly believe in the science of what we’re doing: We’ve done many clinical tests that show how readily Karen can be absorbed into the body, and how effective that absorption can be on an athlete as they push their metabolism to the limit. I could have just given you the results of those clinical trials. They’re all available on our website, and I encourage you to go and check out all the lists and tables that show exactly what nutrients Karen contains.

…But for starters, I thought you might prefer a story about how science is like a jigsaw puzzle!

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