LifeGive™ Aphanin is Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae, also known as AFA, which comes from a blue-green algae that grows naturally in Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon. AFA has been used as a dietary supplement for more than two decades. Most commonly reported benefits are a reduction of the symptoms of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatism, arthritis, and asthma and increased alertness.
Aphanin is an extract from AFA that contains the highest concentration of phycocyanin, the blue pigment that is present in blue-green algae and that acts in the living cell as a strong natural antioxidant. When phycocyanin is isolated as the active ingredient it is shown to have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Recently phycocyanin was shown to be one of the most potent and specific natural inhibitors of COX-2 (cyclooxigenase-2), blocking the synthesis of inflammatory eicosanoids which are the natural mediators of inflammation in the body. Human clinical trials with specific COX-2 inhibitors have shown anti-inflammatory and analgesic efficacy that compare with traditional treatments without the secondary effects associated with NSAIDS.
Take 1 or 2 capsules twice daily as a dietary supplement or as directed by your qualified health care provider. Store in a cool, dry place.