How consumers get health benefits from phycocyanin
Phycocyanin is a dark blue powder with rich nutrients extracted from Spirulina. Because Spirulina is rich in nutrients, including protein, B complex vitamins, β- Carotene, vitamin E, as well as essential minerals and fatty acids, phycocyanin extracted from Spirulina has also been proved to hold the same nutritional value by some studies. Phycocyanin is not only a kind of protein but also an excellent natural edible pigment and health food.
Health Benefits of Phycocyanin
Some research has shown that phycocyanin possesses a bunch of overwhelming benefits to the human body. Some of them are as follows:
- High in nutrients
In 1974, spirulina was declared as “the best food of the future” by the World Health Organization to fight malnutrition, especially for children. Many cases of malnutrition are caused by a lack of protein. However, due to the reason that Phycocyanin as a kind of plant protein and dietary supplement contains many kinds of essential amino acids (essential amino acids account for 37.2% of the total amino acids of the human body) and high protein content, it has been paid more and more attention by vegetarians and clinical research activities.
- Antioxidation and anti-inflammation
Oxidation is a process of biochemical reactions, which may damage our cells and tissues, leading to inflammation, and even increasing the risk of chronic diseases including cardiovascular diseases. Some of the antioxidants our body requires are mainly vitamins C and E, β- Carotene, and plant nutrients, which are what phycocyanin carries with it. Therefore, phycocyanin equips with a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ability to balance blood lipids and maintain healthy blood pressure.
- Anti-cancer and enhance immunity
Spirulina and its phytonutrients have been proved to have powerful capability of anti-cancer for the reason that spirulina’s powerful blue pigment C-phycocyanin and its polysaccharide increase the production of leukocyte (the cells of the immune system). It means that phycocyanin can enhance the phagocytic activity of macrophages and leukocyte against the pathogens and early cancer cells, thereby enhancing immunity and protecting various cells from damage and virus infection
Apart from the above health benefits, phycocyanin is also conducive to alleviate allergic rhinitis, prevent anemia and improve muscle strength and endurance. At the beginning of the 21st century, increasing numbers of countries in Europe, America, and Asia have given their seal of approval to phycocyanin as high-grade natural pigment in food and cosmetics and to make it into biochemical drugs.
Since phycocyanin occupies such a high value, how can we as consumers get health benefits from phycocyanin in our daily life?
- Direct intake of phycocyanin
Phycocyanin usually exists in the form of powder and liquid, therefore, consumers can go through the regular channels for phycocyanin powder and phycocyanin liquid, and then add an appropriate amount of phycocyanin to their daily diet. In terms of amount, it is highly recommended to intake 1-2 teaspoons or 2-4 grams a day. It is a fantastic experience to DIY some rare blue and nutritious summer cool drink with yogurt, milkshake, ice cream, mineral water by directly adding phycocyanin powder or liquid in the process of making.
- Purchase food and drink with phycocyanin added
If you think it troublesome to make an amazing blue taste with your hands-on ability, you are also available for purchasing foods and drinks with phycocyanin added. A variety of foods containing phycocyanin additive are easy to access on the market as Spirulina has been approved by the European Union and FDA as a natural food pigment and additive.
B-BLUE from Belgium is a sports drink with 8 mg blue spirulina which gives B-BLUE natural antioxidants to clean your body and protect cells from oxidative stress and aging. Being the first effervescent spirulina without any artificial pigment, B-BLUE is considered to be the best food supplement after sports in the 21st century.
Probiotic Water of Depuravitafrom Italy is a detoxification juice drink adding blue spirulina as well as precious probiotics (GanedenBC30). The combination of Fruits, vegetables and blue spirulina benefits you to balance the intestinal flora and promote digestion and absorption.
Innocent BOLT FROM THE BLUE is a kind of sand ice drink made from apple, guava, coconut water, and a small amount of Spirulina with extra vitamins, which is conducive to build up your resistance and replenish the vitamins your body needs.
- Intake health products made of phycocyanin
It is an excellent way to maintain your physical and mental health in daily life by purchasing health products made of phycocyanin powder. The E18 Ficocianina Pura made in Italy and self-developed phycocyanin tablets by BINMEI are the main resources to supplement nutrients possessing all the health effects of phycocyanin.
Their essential component are both pure natural phycocyanin powder scientifically developed and extracted by BINMEI. BINMEI is a professional supplier of phycocyanin, holding patented technology for the extraction and research of phycocyanin. The products developed by BINMEI all have passed HALAL, KOSHER, AND ORGANIC certification. Therefore, the quality and nutritional value of E18 Ficocianina Pura and the phycocyanin tablets are guaranteed.