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Key Constituent in Spirulina "Phycocyanin" Shows Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Hyperalgesic Action

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 to 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.]

This latest research shows another outstanding benefit of Spirulina. Recently, Cyanotech announced dramatic improvements to the nutrient profile of our industry leading Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica. Hawaiian Spirulina leads the next best brands by an average of over 100% in levels of key nutrients. For more information about Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica or a copy of this study please e-mail us at or call 808.334.9415.

Reference: Shih, et al, Pain Management, April 2009

Cyanotech Corporation, a world leader in microalgae technology, produces BioAstin® Natural Astaxanthin and Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica®—all natural, functional nutrients that enhance human health and nutrition. Cyanotech's spirulina, FDA reviewed and accepted as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use as a food ingredient, augments energy and immune response. BioAstin's benefits derive from its superior antioxidant activity and from its ability to support and maintain natural inflammatory response, enhancing skin, muscle and joint health. Cyanotech produces these products from microalgae grown at its 90-acre facility in Hawaii using patented and proprietary technology and distributes them to nutritional supplement, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical makers and marketers in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Cyanotech was the first microalgae company in the world to obtain ISO 9001:2000 certification. Our products are all natural and are pesticide and herbicide free. They are free of genetically modified organisms and are produced in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Processes.

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