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Phycocyanin is a pigment found in the algae called spirulina. Spirulina and chorella are useful high protein supplements that many take to improve their health. Phycocyanin is proving to be anti inflammatory and it even has anti oxidative properties.
What a weird name. Well, it’s actually the bluish-greenish kind of pigment that’s associated with spirulina. You may have heard of spirulina. It’s algae that grows in salty lakes. It was initially discovered in Africa, I believe.
I’ve got a book here. One out of my library. Spirulina, 1983 book. It’s been around a while. An interesting book written by a Japanese guy Hiroshi Nakamura. Dr. Nakamura was the person who was responsible for getting spirulina into mainstream. I think it would have been way back in the 60s or 70s when it became popular. In the hippy era, a lot of hippies used to ‘ do people still use the word ‘hippie’? It sounds a bit weird doesn’t it? From my generation, the hippy. Hippies used to really get into veganism, vegetarianism, particularly, I think around the 60s on the west coast of America, San Francisco. They would’ve consumed a lot of spirulina. Spirulina is considered to be by vegans like it’s nirvana. It’s a high protein food; 70 percent protein. Exceptional.
This phycocyanin is the bluish-greenish component that allows photosynthesis to take place properly with these algae. So it allows the sunlight to come down, hit this algae, and then convert that and allow it to grow. It turns the sunlight into energy, basically. It assists chlorophyll, particularly. Chlorophyll is another pigment found in algae. This green pigment. It assists it to work even better with low light conditions. It’s a little bit like a solar panel thing you can liken it to.
Chlorella and spirulina. Chlorella, I believe, is different from spirulina. One is single cell. The other is multi-cell. I believe that chlorella is a multi-celled organism and spirulina is single cell or it might be the other way around. I’m not quite sure. It does contain B-12 spirulina, but it’s a poorly absorbed form of B-12, so don’t get all excited that if you’re a vegan that you can forgo any other source of B-12 just to live on this. You can’t.
The phycocyanin is proven to be quite anti-inflammatory and also it has a very good ability to quench oxidative stress, so it’s particular good to stop accelerated aging in people. This is a very healthy food for people to consume small amounts on a regular basis. Is it anti-Candida? I wouldn’t say it’s anti-Candida, but I would definitely it’s an adjunct to a diet like chlorella. That’s a little bit about phycocyanin. It’s that pigment sort of a thing. It helps to quench oxidative stress. It’s starting to now be discovered to reduce inflammation in your body. It could well be something for somebody with autoimmune disease and, in fact, inflammation is something that underpins most chronic disease. This could well be coming up in the future one of the best foods they’ve ever discovered for inflammation.
Interesting when I was looking at this book just before that when the Spanish came to Mexico in the 1600s, they noticed the Aztecs were digging stuff out of ponds and drying stuff and it turned out to be spirulina, so spirulina was being consumed by the Aztecs. Is it a good food? I think it is. Is it safe to have when you’ve got Candida? It is. But that’s a little bit of a story about phycocyanin.