Phycocyanin is an aqua-soluble powder extract isolated from Spirulina. It has a huge potential in a wide range of clinical applications in the nutraceuticals industry due to its antioxidant property. Phycocyanin is also a molecule of interest for the researchers in understanding its anti-cancer properties and diagnostic applications.
Phycocyanin is an aqua-soluble powder extract isolated from Spirulina.
Spirulina is known to be the richest source of blue pigment in the world. It consists of several bioactive components, the one which occupies a special place is the blue protein C-Phycocyanin which has broad possibilities for application in various areas of food technology. It can be extracted from different species of Cyanobacteria but, Spirulina is the culture of choice due to the high levels of C-Phycocyanin which is a highly water-soluble, intensive blue protein with strong fluorescence.
The Phycocyanin present in Spirulina belongs to the Phycobiliprotein (PBP) family and is a close chemical relative of Bilirubin - a natural antioxidant in the human body which plays a major role in preventing metabolic disorders in the system.
Phycocyanin is a naturally occurring protein molecule which is a biologically active nutrient compound.
It has a huge potential in a wide range of clinical applications in the nutraceuticals industry especially because of the antioxidant property of the peptides present in it. It can also be used as a dietary supplement because of the high protein content.
Being a major constituent of Spirulina (20% of algae dry weight), it might exert therapeutic eﬀects when administered alone or as dietary supplement.
Scavenge superoxide (O2•- ) and hydrogen peroxide H2O2 radicals efficiently works well to produce synergy with alpha- tocopherol, increasing protection against oxidation. It is a known antioxidant and anti-inﬂammatory compound, due to its ability to inhibit the inﬂammatory enzyme, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). It directly enhances wound repair by its antioxidant property and scavenging destructive free radicals’ mechanism.
improves post workout recovery
Phycocyanin – Improves exercise recovery in training athletes **
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