The Main Applications of Phycocyanin
A. Natural edible pigment
Phycocyanin is a water-soluble pigment, non-toxic, pure blue, can be used as a food colorant and cosmetic additive. Itself is a nutritious protein with a full range of amino acids.The body's essential amino acids account for 37.2% of the total weight.
Products that can be applied in：Ice cream, chewing gum, powder drink, cool drink, cake, candy, jelly, noodles, mustard, sugar coated tablets, capsules, etc.
B. Cosmetic field
Phycocyanin is a class of collagen with antioxidation, moisturizing, anti - allergy, antiphlogistic, freckle and other effects, its color shows beautiful ocean blue. Now, Zhejiang Binmei Biotechnology Co. Ltd which specialize in producing phycocyanin has become the supplier of L'OREAL & DANZ .
C. Medical and health care
The experiment of phycocyanin in vitro shows that it has the effect of stimulating the production of erythrocyte colony(Similar to the effect of EPO). Phycocyanin can regulate a variety of important enzymes in the human body, play an important role in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and promoting the regeneration of human cells . It can also regulate the immune system of the human body to improve the immunity. A lot of phycocyanin compound drugs have been developed to promote immunity against diseases. So in the future, Phycocyanin will be a safe & valuable target therapy drug and a tumor photosensitizer.
D. Biology, chemistry and cytology
The blue colour of phycocyanin has fluorescence property. A characteristic reagent that can be used as a biological, chemical, and cytological experiment, the effect of fluorescence is 30 times as high as that of the common fluoro.
E. Agricultural field
Phycocyanin is the main photosensitive protein in the phycogallin series , Its the light harvesting antenna for algae cells . The application of fertilizer to the leaf surface can promote plant photosynthesis.Photosensitization of phycocyanin caused by sunlight,The effect of an antiviral and anti bacterial effect on plants .Experiments by the Beijing Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Shandong Vegetable Research Institute have proved that phycocyanin contains specific plant auxin.