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Phycocyanin spirulina——Natural Pigment, Good Water Solubility
May 10, 2017

Phycocyanin is the main component in Spirulina Extract. It is a blue pigment that is important in the photosynthesis (food production) of cyanobacteria.

Phycocyanin is a pigment-protein complex from the light-harvesting phycobiliprotein family, along with allophycocyanin and phycoerythrin. It is an accessory pigment to chlorophyll. All phycobiliproteins are water-soluble, so they cannot exist within the membrane like carotenoids can. It assists the function of chlorophyll especially during low light conditions. Next to carotenoids, phycocyanin is the most researched algal pigment there is. Recently it has attracted the attention of scientists due to its many potential health benefits. Phycocyanin is known to support healthy inflammatory response and has many antioxidant effects. Studies have shown that phycocyanin can reduce oxidative stress and inhibit free radicals.


Phycocyanin may reduce negative effects from the body’s normal inflammatory response. Inflammation is the body’s first line of defense against foreign attack, but when it goes unchecked, it leads to conditions that promote premature aging. The antioxidants in phycocyanin has the ability to inhibit the key enzyme that is responsible for causing inflammation, pain, and discomfort.

Oxidative Stress

The most researched benefit of phycocyanin has been the inhibition of oxidative stress. Studies show that consuming phycocyanin has been proven to reduce all types of free radicals including hydroxyl, alkoxyl, peroxyl and superoxides. Oxidative stress is believed to be responsible for most of the degenerative diseases.


Applications

Food Color:

Spirulina Extract is approved as a colorant in:

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* Confections

* Frostings & icings

* Ice cream & frozen desserts

* Dessert coatings & toppings

* Dry beverages mixes & powders

* Yogurts, Custards, & Puddings

* Cottage cheese

* Gelatin

* Breadcrumbs

* Ready-to-eat cereals

* Pharmaceutical & dietary supplement coatings

With the growing demand for natural blue colorant, the missing link to the primary colors, the approved applications  will continue to expand.

Spirulina Extract is approved for use globally in the USA, Europe, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries making it a perfect alternative to companies selling their products across all markets.


Functional Ingredient:

Spirulina Extract can also be used as a functional ingredient as it is essentially phycocyanin. Because of phycocyanin’s vast amount of health benefits, it is being used in antioxidant beverages and powders, supplements, and many other products. Containing a versatile amount of beneficial effects, the product possibilities are endless. If you need this product of blue algae spirulina, please contact us at any time. Email: [email protected]

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