The Potential of Spirulina to Slow Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
Oral phycocyanobilin may diminish the pathogenicity of activated brain microglia in neurodegenerative disorders.
McCarty MF, Barroso-Aranda J, Contreras F. Med Hypotheses. 2009 Jul 1. (Epub ahead of print).
Key Finding: “There is considerable evidence that activated microglia play a central role in the pathogenesis of many prominent neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Phycocyanobilin, a chromophone derived from biliverdin that constitutes up to 1% of the dry weight of Spirulina, has been shown to be a potent inhibitor of NADPH oxidase. Phycocyanobilin supplements may have considerable potential for preventing or slowing the progression of a range of neurodegenerative disorders.”