C-phycocyanin is a compound found in the blue green algae
Spirulina; it may reduce inflammation and have pain killing effects,
according to a new animal study. Increasing doses of C-phycocyanin
reduced levels of inflammatory markers in rats administered
carrageenan, a chemical injected into the rat’s paw that causes pain
and inflammation. The researchers were led by Tz-Chong Chou from
Taiwan’s National Defence Medical Center.
Dr. Chou and co-workers used male Sprague-Dawley rats that
were divided into two groups, one of which was used as the control, and
the other administered carrageenan to induce inflammation. The
carrageenan rats were further divided into three groups and given one
of three doses of C-phycocyanin. All doses of C-phycocyanin were found
to “significantly attenuate carrageenan-induced” inflammation, said the
researchers. Markers of inflammation, including inducible nitric oxide
synthase (iNOS), the COX-2 enzyme, the formation of nitrate, TNF-alpha,
and prostaglandin E2, were also measured. According to the Taiwanese
team’s findings, induction of both iNOS and COX-2 was suppressed by the
compound, and this was accompanied by an inhibition of the nitrate,
PGE, and TNF-alpha formation. The study is published in the journal
Anesthesia & Analgesia 2009, Volume 108.
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