Japanese Crystal Algae

Japanese crystal algae in jarJapanese Crystal Algae

The Japanese Crystal Algae’s origin is from the Caspian Sea area in the Caucasus in the Middle East and the inhabitants of the region are aware of the positive effects of these algae. People there drink this cultured water from childhood and it is said that they generally reach an average age of over 100 years in good health.
Prof Monkiw, who researched the properties of the algae during his life time, noted that within the inhabitants of the Caspian Sea region, diseases such as tuberculosis, cancer, stomach ulcers and digestive disorders were virtually unknown.
In Germany, Doctor Dravek had noted the positive effects of the algae before the Second World War. He used it to help heal catarrhs respiratory problems, pneumonia, stomach convulsions, chronic intestine inflammations, chronic abdominal trouble and he also found it help patients recovering from serious illnesses.
In Japan, researchers have noted that these algae double the body’s immunising activities, especially in the cells known as “killer cells”: Lymphocytes-T. These types of T-cells destroy cancerous cells for example.
Quality criteria:
Size: from small to pea size, often grains grow together with one another forming clumps as big as a good size hazelnut.
Colour: transparent but slightly milky.
Smell: neutral.
The Japanese crystal algae are cultivated in a glass bottle or jar. They are prepared in a similar way to ginger beer or kombucha. They should never come into contact with metal. Even the lid of the glass bottle or jar should not be made of metal, and a plastic sieve, funnel and spoon should be used. The plastic sieve needs to have a reasonably fine mesh to stop the small, newly-forming algae to wash through the holes.
Step by step cultivation of japanese crystal algae


The culture will die if handled with metal implements and if not given sugar regularly and raisins once a week.
1- Put in a glass jar 2 small plastic tea strainer full of crystals, 2 to 3 tea spoonfuls of sugar (with 2 tea spoonfuls the culture still grows, but the crystals are smaller), 8 organic dry grapes (untreated with sulphur) and a litre of cold water, then leave covered with a lid or saucer for 24 to 48 hours. It is helpful to dilute the sugar in a little boiled water before adding it to the cold water; this also helps keep the new water going into the culture at room temperature.
2- Every 24 to 48 hours the water must be filtered through a fabric or plastic strainer/sieve into a jug or bottle ready for drinking. The crystals should then be well rinsed while in the sieve under running cold tap water. All the equipment including the bottle must also be cleaned (without product). First rinse it out in hot water, then in cold water. You will need to add the sugar again every time when you add the new litre of fresh water.
Change the grapes once a week. Keep the algae at room temperature, e.g. in the kitchen, not in direct sunlight but not in the dark.
The crystals double their volume approximately every 15 days, so you can start a new jar and pass it on to a friend. It is difficult to acquire them so don’t let them perish!
To add variety to the taste of the drink, you can mix it with orange juice or other juices.
If you need to travel and can’t take care of your culture, the best solution is to get a friend to look after it; otherwise you can freeze the algae while you are away and start it off again on your return. Freeze the culture on a tray before storing it in a container as you would do fruit and leave in the freezer for the shortest time possible. When defrosted, the culture breaks down in tiny pieces and takes quite a while to return to its original size.
This year I have also experimented leaving one culture in the cool of the fridge while away for ten days. I prepared the culture just before leaving and it survive the ten days well. The cold fridge temperature slowed down the process.

Why they are healthy

The cultured water is partly good for the health because of its vitamin content (Vitamin complex, vitamin D, vitamin C) promoting general well-being. It contains lactic acid bacteria that settle in the intestine and affect the intestine activity positively. It is good to take if you are taking antibiotics medicaments.

Well-known personal fitness coaches recommend Japanese crystals to their prominent clients.

Medical advice: It is recommended to consult your family doctor for advice before starting to use a new natural products, food addition etc. It is preferable not to drink the culture while pregnant, even though Doctor Dravek used it to help pregnant women, as in the West not enough modern scientific research has yet been made on it.

The algae have been used by Doctor Dravek to help heal catarrhs respiratory problems, pneumonia, stomach convulsions, chronic intestine inflammations, chronic abdominal trouble and he also found it help patients recovering from serious illnesses.

Other claimed uses of the culture are:

  • increased energy levels
  • high blood pressure
  • heart complaints
  • cardiac problems
  • nerve-sufferers
  • nervous diseases
  • internal diseases
  • ulcers
  • skin diseases
  • bronchial catarrh
  • scleroses
  • abdominal problems
  • gallbladder diseases
  • liver diseases
  • kidney diseases
  • infectious hepatitis
  • infectious jaundice
  • stomach disorders
  • intestine disorders
  • preventing substances rotting in the intestines
  • diarrhoea
  • hard cells
  • anaemia
  • leukaemia
  • skin eruptions
  • eczemas
  • tiredness

Suggested dosage:

  • Nerves: 1 litre per day
  • Stomach ulcers: 1 litre per day (they should have disappeared in two months)
  • Bronchial Catarrhs: 1 litre per day
  • Asthma: 1 litre per day (drink the cultured water for a long time)
  • Anaemia and leukaemia: 1 litre per day (in heavy cases, 2 litres per day)
  • Nervous tension: 1 litre per day reduces tension to normal.
  • Cystitis, disease of the kidneys and the gall bladder: 1 litre per day. The blister bile can be healed in approximately two weeks.
  • Skin eruptions, eczemas: ½ litre per day, and external applications: rub the skin with the algae and leave to dry. Wash hands and face in the morning with the cultured water. After 1 to 2 weeks the most resistant eczemas should be cured.