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Phycocyanin - a gem in natural pigments

- Jul 04, 2018 -

Natural pigments are mainly extracted from various plants in nature. Many of them are not only colorful but also have physiological activity. Compared with synthetic colorants, natural pigments are safe and non-toxic, natural bright color, most are not limited by the amount of addition and wide range of application. And many Natural pigments have prevention and other pharmacological effects on human diseases. The role and health functions have become the focus of international competition in recent years.


Phycocyanin (spirulina extract) is a natural edible pigment, which is a bright blue pigment extracted from spirulina. It is one of the rare pigment proteins in nature. It is not only bright in color but also a nutrient in itself. It can be widely used in ice cream, candies, chewing gum, powder drinks, beverages, cakes, snacks, sweets, jellies, milk shake, fillings, noodles, mustard, Sugar-coated tablets, capsules, etc. And also can be used for health care products, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, etc.




Studies at home and abroad have shown that phycocyanin belongs to protein-binding pigments, and its amino acid composition ratio is very reasonable. The content of eight essential amino acids are close to or exceed the standard recommended by FAO. Phycocyanin for food fortification can increase the bioavailability and protein utilization of the inspiration. It is used in cosmetics to provide a variety of nutrient active ingredients such as amino acids needed for skin. It can play a role in skin surface and deep nutrition and care, and is very safe and has no irritation and sensitization to skin. Phycocyanin (spirulina extraction) has antioxidant and anti-allergic effects. It is used in foods and cosmetics to eliminate diseases such as tissue damage and cell aging caused by free radicals generated by physiological metabolism in the human body.


Although there are many varieties of natural pigments allowed in China, the types of colors are less (mainly are red and yellow). For colorful, the three primary colors of red, yellow and blue can be multi-colored in different proportions. At present, the EU has banned the use of chemically synthesized blue pigments in foods, so phycocyanin is the only blue pigment allowed in EU foods , also is the only natural blue pigment allowed by the US FDA.


Phycocyanin can be blended with other natural pigments to produce different colors,  so it has great market demand. The development and application of phycocyanin can supplement the supply of blue pigments for desserts, meet the people's demand for food coloring safety, high-grade natural health foods and cosmetics, promote the development of microalgae deep processing industry.  And it have great significance to improving people's living standards.

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Binmei Bio will continue to focus on the development and application of phycocyanin (spirulina extract ), strive to become the most influential phycocyanin supplier in the world.


In the future, Binmei will develop more natural pigments, remain our original aspiration, strive for the human health, bring health and safety to every corner of life.


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