Phycocyanin,
the blue gold of Spirulina

Phycocyanin is the most extraordinary component of Spirulina.

 

The benefits of phycocyanin

 

1. Anti-inflammatory [1,2]

Phycocyanin’s effects are comparable to those of the best known anti-inflammatory molecules. Phycocyanin has been recognized as one of the most promising natural molecules in terms of inhibiting the pro-inflammatory COX-2 enzymes – which are linked to the phenomenon of inflammation and the associated pain, as they deteriorate cartilage and joints.

 

2. Anti-allergic (asthma, hay fever) [3], immunomodulation

Phycocyanin is the only natural compound that is effective against asthma. It also inhibits the production of molecules responsible for inflammation – limiting the amount of these molecules released, and thus limiting their effects during allergic events.

 

3. Antioxidant [4,5]

Phycocyanin’s anti-radical properties help protect cells against damage from free radicals. It has also been shown to be neuroprotective through its effects on oxidative stress.

 

4. Stimulating the release of EPO [6]

Thanks to its structure, similar to that of erythropoietin (EPO), phycocyanin contributes to the production of red blood cells and thus promotes the transport of oxygen to the muscular and immune systems.

Phycocyanin is especially recommended for athletes who want to improve their performance as well as their recovery after intense efforts or injury.

It can also be used to prevent degenerative illnesses, allergies, and hay fever, as well as to help treat any viral illness (including mononucleosis, which is common among athletes).

Sources

François Haldemann La Phycocyanine, l’Or Bleu de la Spiruline.

[1] Shih CM. & al. : Antiinflammatory and antihyperalgesic activity of C-phycocyanin. Anesth Analg. 2009 Apr;108(4):1303-10. doi: 10.1213/ane.0b013e318193e919.

[2] Reddy CM. & al. : Selective inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 by C-phycocyanin, a biliprotein from Spirulina platensis. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2000 Nov 2;277(3):599-603.

[3] Remirez D. & al. : Role of histamine in the inhibitory effects of phycocyanin in experimental models of allergic inflammatory response. Mediators Inflamm. 2002 Apr; 11(2): 81–85.
 
[4] Mitra S. & al. : C-Phycocyanin protects against acute tributyltin chloride neurotoxicity by modulating glial cell activity along with its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory property: A comparative efficacy evaluation with N-acetyl cysteine in adult rat brain. Chem Biol Interact. 2015 Aug 5;238:138-50. doi: 10.1016/j.cbi.2015.06.016.
 
[5] Min et al. Assessment of C-phycocyanin effect on astrocytes-mediated neuroprotection against oxidative brain injury using 2D and 3D astrocyte tissue model. Scientific Reports volume5, Article number: 14418 (2015) doi:10.1038/srep14418.

[6] Zhang Cheng-Wu et al. April 1994. Pub. In Proc. of Second Asia Pacific Conf. On Algal Biotech. Univ of Malaysia. P.58. China.

Spirulina is an excellent nutritional supplement – complete and easy to ingest. It helps you recover very quickly.

— Paul / Giromagny Team