Raw Living Spirulina is now realized as the one essential algae to support optimum health and vitality. Known as the most nutritious living whole food on the planet containing a perfect harmony of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients essential fatty acids, and plant-based proteins in their complete amino acid profile – remember: plants and not animal foods are the richest sources of healthy protein in the world.
What’s of most interest to us is a particular compound that’s unique to blue-green algae. It’s the compound that gives the blue-green algae its distinctive coloring – that beautiful blue-tinged super nutrient is called phycocyanin.
Extensive research has suggested that many natural products derived from food and food supplements have various health-promoting effects . Recently, marine natural products with pharmacological activity have been shown to have multiple potent biological functions, with less or no toxic side effects . Thus, they have become one of the most important resources of novel lead compounds for critical diseases, which have seen important development and utilization in recent years . Phycocyanin, a marine natural blue photosynthetic pigment-protein purified from Spirulina, is one of the accepted natural functional foods around the world . Phycocyanin has excellent anti-tumor activity. Studies have shown that phycocyanin plays anti-proliferation and pro-apoptotic effects on different cancer cell lines in vitro, while it has no side effects on normal tissue cells [5,6]. In addition, it also shows good therapeutic values such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulation, blood vessel-relaxing, and blood liquid-lowering activities, etc. [7,8,9,10,11]. Thus, further investigating the function and mechanism of phycocyanin has important guiding significance and research value.
Several studies have demonstrated that phycocyanin has bioactivity in kinds of cancers, including breast cancer [6,12], histiocytic tumor , ovarian cancer , colon cancer , prostate cancer , melanoma, and lung cancer . Among them, lung cancer is one of the most common health threats in the world, especially given its high mortality rates [18,19]. Human lung cancer is generally classified into two major categories, small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC is responsible for more than 85% of all lung carcinoma cases, with the characteristics of higher mortality, lower cure rate, and stronger metastasis . Therefore, exploring the anti-cancer function and underlying mechanism of phycocyanin on NSCLC is critical.
How phycocyanin interacts with the body
Phycocyanin is an amazing compound found nowhere else except in blue-green algae. It is far beyond just a beautiful blue pigment. It acts as an assistant to chlorophyll which is responsible for photosynthesis literally giving life to the planet. When absorbed into the human body it does just that for us as well. Here are a few benefits…
Perhaps blue-green algae’s greatest lifestyle allure is its ability to help prevent and reduce allergy symptoms more effectively than off-the-shelf antihistamines.
By mimicking the body’s bilirubin compound, phycocyanin is able to inhibit an enzyme complex called Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate oxidase (or NADPH oxidase). This particular enzyme complex is responsible for a lot of inflammation problems within the body, most notably being a primary driver of atherosclerosis.
Reducing heavy metals
Some of the most recent studies on phycocyanin have found that it’s exceptionally good at reducing the body’s overall level of arsenic. It’s essential for detoxification of the entire body.
Phycocyanin is able to combat hydrogen peroxide from inside the astrocyte leading to reduced oxidative stress on the brain. This means healthier brain neurons and a lower risk of strokes.
Halting cancer growth
Phycocyanin is able to halt excessive cell growth, halting the formation of tumors. It’s even been found to induce apoptosis, meaning it can help kill tumors and support the body to regenerate normally.
The medical community is catching up
Finally, phycocyanin has been recognized by the mainstream medical community with a wealth of new studies coming in to prove its benefits.
What’s essential is making sure you’re getting this powerful life-enhancing and life-prolonging compound into your diet on a daily basis.
Remember phycocyanin is ONLY useful when consumed in its living form.
Powders and extracts are just pretty blue coloring agents, no more.
Raw Living Spirulina is the ONLY place you’ll find this potent bioavailable active living nutrient.