tarting in the early 70s, agencies in the former USSR invested more than 20,000 person-years of research and development to produce Bio-Algae Concentrates (BAC) that held extraordinary nutritional properties.
The results of this development work has since come to Canada and the US and, in this particular study, Bio-Algae Concentrates (BAC) provided by BIOAGE Inc. were evaluated in regards to their ability to facilitate the healing of 12 bighorn sheep in a herd of 35 affected by Johne’s disease (pronounced yonee’s). The research group consisted of Merri Mason, owner of Bighorn Sheep Farm, in Butler, Ohio; Michael Kiriac, PhD. BioSuperaliment Inc, Laval, Quebec; and Roland Thomas, NMD BIOAGE Inc, Niagara Falls, NY.
Johne’s is a disease of ruminants characterized by wasting and, terminally, by diarrhea. It is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium avium, subspecies paratuberculosis. Johne’s disease has been reported all around the world in cattle for several decades. Although it has also been reported in sheep for many years, no one is certain of how widespread it is or exactly how much damage it is doing to our sheep industry. Usually this disease will kill most animals of the herd by the time they reach 2 years of age.
The blend of BAC under evaluation, developed by Michael Kiriac, was composed of four microalgae, specifically selected to yield nutritional completeness, balance and synergies: Spirulina Pacifica, Spirulina Platensis, Dunaliella Salina and Haematoccocus Pluvialis, which are all maintained whole, pure and free of pesticides or herbicides.
The ingredients in BAC are rich with thousands of naturally occurring nutrients such as: vitamins A, B complex, C, E, complex dietary carbohydrates, essential fatty acids (EFA), minerals and trace elements, complete proteins, and more than 4,000 types of active enzymes.
BAC is also an exceptional source of beta and alpha carotene, chlorophylls, phycocyanin and astaxanthin. BAC contains as much as 60% of complete proteins (including all essential amino acids) of which 95% to 98% are assimilated. Each alga in BAC is pushed to nutritional peaks via innovative hydroponic technologies applied during their growth. When blended together, the algae in BAC reach very high bioavailability because of the balance and synergy obtained.
BAC was developed for the needs of animals. The results obtained in previous animal studies show that the BAC microalgae combination nutritionally improves homeostasis in the endocrine system in animals, and the natural balance of all metabolic functions shifts towards overall wellness.
For the purpose of the study the selected 12 sheep were kept apart from the main herd. At the start of evaluation, the herd was already being decimated by Johne’s and the owner was thinking of euthanizing the entire herd as recommended by the local veterinarian (often, once a herd is affected, there is no other solution).
BAC were incorporated into the feeds that were fed daily to the selected sheep, with the purpose of increasing overall cellular nutrition resulting in increased vitality and immunity. The reports were compiledafter 6 months and 11 months.
Some comments from the first report, after 6 months:“What first comes to mind is the hair quality. All the lambs on the program from conception have superior hair coats from the last crop. The hair is softer and shinier. The color seems to be intensified as well. I also notice them to be calmer and easier to wean. Horn growth on the 2-3 month old rams comes sooner and with bigger diameter at the base and length overall for that age.”
Second report, after 11 months: “From the dozen visibly affected sheep, there were no symptomatic sheep after 9 months. The two rams that were born with symptoms, although undersized, appear to be fine. Both of their mothers died from the disease.”
The ultimate intent of this study was to save Merri’s sheep, including as many as possible of those already infected before the study began, and certainly their offspring. Additionally, many benefits were observed with the sheep that are much the same as those demonstrated with several species during the Russian research. Benefits such as: calmer mood, shinier hair and coats, larger healthier animal, less feed needed, increased survival rate, prevention of mad cow disease, prevention of various viral or bacterial infections, healthier animal from one generation to the next, prevention of osteoporosis and increase in bone mass, increased fertility, increased protein and good fats in milk, eggs and meat and many more benefits were reported.
“When the animal eats BAC – which feeds the brain efficiently – the brain organs awaken,” said Dr. Michael Kiriac, who had not previously worked with bighorn sheep. “The hypothalamus alone is responsible for homeostasis of all body metabolisms including that of energy. Then all metabolisms awaken; assimilation and absorption of nutrients from foods, such as protein assimilation and absorption (hence less feed is needed for the sheep), mineral metabolisms, synthesis of proteins and enzymes within cells.”
Collagen is the main protein of connective tissue in animals and the most abundant protein in mammals, making up about 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content. “When collagen metabolism is more efficient,” said Dr. Kiriac, then there is better growth of the animal – as in a larger animal, and stronger with larger horns. In chickens it was larger and stronger eggs; in dairy cows, it was more and better milk with increases in protein and butter fat; in pigs and minks, larger litter; etc.”