Key Constituent in Spirulina "Phycocyanin" shows Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Hyperalgesic action

Hawaiian Spirulina

There is already a significant body of research on the benefits of Phycocyanin, the blue pigment found only in Spirulina and cyanobacteria. Some promising work was previously done on Phycocyanin in areas including:

  • Liver and Kidney damage
  • Neuroprotection
  • Potent water soluble Antioxidant

The latest research found that Phycocyanin has anti-inflammatory activity through the suppression of nitric oxide, prostaglandin E-2, tumor necrosis factor alpha and the Cox-2 enzyme. The researchers went on the say that this anti-inflammatory mechanism "may contribute, at least in part, to its anti-hyperalgesic activity."
[Note: Hyperalgesia is an increased sensitivity to pain.]