Bilirubin and Phycocyanobilin vs. the Fifteen Leading Causes of Death

Recent studies demonstrate that the natural metabolite bilirubin functions physiologically to inhibit a primary source of the oxidative stress driving many health disorders – NADPH oxidase. A phytonutrient known as phycocyanobilin, richly supplied by spirulina, is a chemical relative of bilirubin, and shares its antioxidant activity. This essay proposes that spirulina (or phycocyanobilin) may have the potential to aid prevention or treatment of 12 of the 15 leading causes of death in the U.S. today.

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