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31 Healthiest Foods For Dogs
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Which fresh, frozen, and canned foods that you typically consume are also safe for your dogs to eat? There is a mega-list of human foods that your beloved canine can have beside the same boring dog food he probably eats every day.

Though giving your furry friend “people food” remains a highly debatable topic, you and your pet share several common delectable items that are nutritious and can help fight disease, boost the animal’s energy, and maintain his overall health.

1. Pasta

Pasta is made from flour, water, and sometimes eggs which are safe for your dog. You can try any kind of pasta but the whole grain variety should be on top of your list next time you go to the supermarket. Whole grains play an important role [1] in lowering the risk of diabetes and cancer as well as in gastrointestinal health.

2. Sweet Potatoes

This root crop is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins B6 and C, beta-carotene, and manganese. Sweet potatoes are very affordable and can be fried or steamed as a chewy treat for your dog. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and B6. Studies have shown that orange and purple sweet potatoes can fight cancer [2] and diabetes [3].

3. Chicken

Unseasoned, cooked chicken is a good meal replacement if you are out of dog food. Packed with protein and several B vitamins, chicken is a good source of energy for your pet. The lean meat is also rich in antioxidants which help fight infection. Do not feed your dogs with raw chicken [4] which increases the risk for Salmonella infection. And be sure to avoid giving them cooked chicken bones.

4. Carrots

Most dogs like the mild sweet taste of this orange-colored vegetable. High in fiber and low in calories, carrots is another human food that is safe for your pet. Carrots offer several nutritional benefits including supporting eye health and boosting the immune system. A 1993 study [5] showed the value of carrots in dog nutrition.

5. Eggs

Eggs support skin and nail health for they contain a good amount of protein, biotin, and riboflavin. We all know that protein is good for building muscle and repairing tissue. Raw or uncooked eggs are not good for dogs to avoid the risk of salmonella contamination. A study [6] showed the value of egg protein to dogs with anemia.

6. Blueberries

This fruit is a great summer snack for your dogs. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and phytochemicals. A diet rich in antioxidants can reduce the risk of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease in dogs, according to a study [7] published in Neurobiology of Aging.

7. Broccoli

A great source of fiber and vitamin C, this vegetable may help fight type-2 diabetes, certain cancers, and asthma, says a 2016 study [8]. A compound called phenol is found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. Phenol plays a part in reducing inflammation in the cells and reducing oxidative stress.

8. Peanut Butter

Unsalted and low-sugar peanut butter is ideal for your dogs. Peanut butter is full of heart-healthy fats and contains vitamins B, E, and niacin. You should avoid peanut butter with xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic [9] to dogs.

9. Pumpkin

This vegetable is good for dogs with diarrhea. It is a nutrition powerhouse that has many health benefits not only for dogs but also for cats. An Egyptian study [10] confirmed the effectiveness of pumpkin seed extracts against puppies infected with a gastrointestinal disease known as heterophyiasis.

10. Oatmeal

According to the website petmd.com, oats are high in protein, soluble fiber, and iron, manganese, zinc and B vitamins. Oats also contain the anti-tumor compound b-sitosterol. They also act as a digestive aid to calm the intestinal tract [11].

11. Cheese
Many dogs are intolerant to lactose, so the cheese does not pose a health problem. However, sharing too much cheese to your animal buddy is not recommended. Low-fat cottage cheese is the much-preferred variety by dog owners. Do not feed your dogs with moldy cheese which could cause intoxication [12].

12. Apple Slices

This food can help freshen up your dogs’ breath. Introducing apple slices should be done in moderation. The core of the apple is potentially toxic, so avoid feeding this part. Ingestion of rotten apples [13] is also very harmful.

13. Yogurt

Yogurt that has live active cultures [14] and no sugars or artificial sweeteners is good for your dogs. This food will help them alleviate problems like diarrhea, infections, and bacterial overgrowth. Your beloved four-legged companion will enjoy frozen yogurt as a summer treat.

14. Salmon

This fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are good for your dog’s coat and skin health. Salmon is also a good source of protein. Do not feed your dogs with raw salmon which could cause anorexia, lethargy, and lymph node enlargement [15].

15. Sweet Potatoes

Another root crop that is good for dogs are sweet potatoes which are a great source of beta carotene and vitamin A. A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology highlighted the antioxidative components [16] of sweet potatoes that include phenols and amino acids.

16. Peas

If you want to infuse healthy, low-calorie nutrients into your pup’s food, peas are a good choice. It contains potassium and is a great source of vitamins C and K. A study showed that peas offer great digestibility [17] of dry, organic matter and gross energy in dogs.

17. Beef

This meat is filled with healthy fats and proteins which your dogs need to maintain a healthy weight and energy level and to improve digestibility [18]. Do not cook this lean meat with strange vegetable, oils, or wines to keep its proteins.

18. Popcorn

Cook this snack with no butter or salt. Popcorn makes a great source of low-calorie treat, potassium, minerals, phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium. According to scientists, popcorn contains more polyphenols [19], an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables.

19. Green Beans

Green beans are low in calories and are great sources of vitamins C and K. When added to the diet of dogs, green beans provided increased spleen weights, as per a 1961 [20] study published in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.

20. Pineapple

Why does this fruit is beneficial for your dog? The fruit is power-packed with fructose, fiber, vitamin, and minerals which can help boost your dog’s immune system and improve digestion. An enzyme called bromelain [21] is found in pineapple that helps your dog to decompose protein.

21. Parsley

Another food that can improve your dog’s breath is parsley. This herb is a good source of calcium, potassium, and beta-carotene. Parsley can also help your dog’s stinkiness by facilitating waste elimination due to the herb’s diuretic [22] activity.

22. Tuna

This fatty fish is good for your dog because of its high omega-3 fatty acid content which is great for brain function [23], immune system, and for maintaining a shiny, healthy coat. Serve this fish cooked rather than raw!

23. Seaweed Nori

This dried seaweed is popular in Japanese cuisine and can be purchased at your nearest Asian stores. Rich in fiber, iodine, and vitamins C and E, nori is great for regulating metabolism [24] which is great for keeping your dog fit.

24. Coconut Oil

Adding a scoop of coconut oil to your dog’s meal could nourish his skin and fur. The oil is a high source of protein and contains monoglyceride monolaurin [25], a compound that has antibacterial and antiviral properties.

25. Liver

Your dog needs the essential nutrients provided by the liver which is rich in vitamins and irons. The liver is available as fresh at the grocery store or freeze-dried or dehydrated at the pet store. Moderation is also important when feeding your dogs with liver which contains high doses [26] of vitamin A and have the potential to be toxic.

26. Frozen Bananas

Combine bananas with yogurt, and you have a healthy treat for your dogs. Bananas are rich in potassium which is also available in other fruits and vegetables. Deficiency in potassium [27] could have negative implications on the renal function of dogs.

27. Flax Seed

Your dog’s skin and coat will benefit from adding flax seed to his diet because its oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. This was confirmed by a 2001 study [28]. Flax seed is also a fiber-rich food.

28. Pears

You can feed your dog with this fruit’s flesh, but the seeds should be avoided because they are toxic to canines. Just cut a pear up and feed the pieces to your dog. The core should go to the garbage bin. A dietary fiber called arabinogalactan [29] which affects the digestive and immune system of dogs is found in pears.

29. Spirulina

This alga is very rich in essentially fatty acids as well as protein, vitamins, and minerals. Several studies have shown that spirulina can lower the amount of fat [30] in the blood and reduce inflammation.

30. Turmeric

This spice contains an active compound called curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These activities demonstrate curcumin’s efficacy against cancer cells [31]. However, studies in dogs are yet to be conducted.

31. Cranberries

Fresh cranberries are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, and C. The fruit’s major bioactive compounds are found to exhibit antioxidant, radical scavenging, antibacterial, antimutagen, and anticarcinogen properties. A study [32] published in 2012 revealed the effectiveness of cranberry products in preventing urinary tract infections.

References:

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[2] Li PG et al. 2013. World Journal of Gastroenterology. Anticancer effects of sweet potato protein on human colorectal cancer cells. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23745032

[3] Ooi CP, Loke SC. 2012. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Sweet potato for type 2 diabetes mellitus. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22336861

[4] Daniel J. Joffe and Daniel P. Schlesinger. 2002. The Canadian Veterinary Journal. Preliminary assessment of the risk of Salmonella infection in dogs fed raw chicken diets. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC339295/

[5] Zentek J, Meyer H. 1993. Schweizer Archiv fur Tierheilkunde. [Granulated carrots (Daucus carota) in dog nutrition] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8430292

[6] Whipple GH, Robscheit-Robbins FS. 1951. The Journal of Experimental Medicine. Anemia plus hypoproteinemia in dogs; various proteins in diet show various patterns in blood protein production; beef muscle,. egg, lactalbumin, fibrin, viscera, and supplement. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14861380

[7] Cotman CW et al. 2002. Neurobiology of Aging. Brain aging in the canine: a diet enriched in antioxidants reduces cognitive dysfunction. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12392784

[8] Gardner AM, Brown AF, Juvik JA.2016. Molecular Breeding. QTL analysis for the identification of candidate genes controlling phenolic compound accumulation in broccoli (Brassica oleracea L. var. italic). http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11032-016-0497-4

[9] Piscitelli CM et al. 2010. Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practising Veterinarian. Xylitol toxicity in dogs. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20473849

[10] Mahmoud LH et al. 2002. Journal of Egyptian Society of Parasitology. Treatment of experimental heterophyiasis with two plant extracts, areca nut and pumpkin seed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12214927

[11] Randy Kidd. Benefits of Oats for Dogs and Cats. http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/benefits-oats-dogs-and-cats

[12] Arp LH, Richard JL. 1979. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Intoxication of dogs with the mycotoxin penitrem A. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/511750

[13] Kammerer M et al. 2001. Veterinary and Human Toxicology. Ethanol toxicosis from the ingestion of rotten apples by a dog. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11757994

[14] J. Scott Weese and Luis Arroyo. 2003. The Canadian Veterinary Journal. Bacteriological evaluation of dog and cat diets that claim to contain probiotics. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC340078/

[15] Booth AJ et al. 1984. The Canadian Veterinary Journal. Salmon Poisoning Disease in Dogs on Southern Vancouver Island. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1790503/

[16] Hayase F, Kato H. 1984. Antioxidative components of sweet potatoes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6737096

[17] Carciofi AC et al. 2008. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition. Effects of six carbohydrate sources on dog diet digestibility and post-prandial glucose and insulin response. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18477314

[18] Faber TA et al. 2010. Journal of Animal Science. Protein digestibility evaluations of meat and fish substrates using laboratory, avian, and ileally cannulated dog assay. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20023140

[19] American Chemical Society. 2012. Popcorn: The snack with even higher antioxidants levels than fruits and vegetables. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2012/march/popcorn-the-snack-with-even-higher-antioxidants-levels-than-fruits-and-vegetables.html

[20] Larson PS et al. 1961. Effects of adding gamma-irradiated green beans or fruit compote to the diet of dogs. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0041008X61900084

[21] Pavan R et al. 2012. Biotechnology Research International. Properties and Therapeutic Application of Bromelain: A Review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3529416/

[22] Kreydiyyeh SI, Usta J. 2002. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Diuretic effect and mechanism of action of parsley. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11849841

[23] Muldoon MF et al. 2014. Military Medicine. Long-chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Optimization of Cognitive Performance. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4734634/

[24] Ismail A Jr, Tan S. 2002. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition. Antioxidant activity of selected commercial seaweeds. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22692475

[25] Tangwatcharin P, Khopaibool P. 2012. The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. Activity of virgin coconut oil, lauric acid or monolaurin in combination with lactic acid against Staphylococcus aureus. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23077821

[26] Cho DY et al. 1975. American Journal of Veterinary Research. Hypervitaminosis A in the dog. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1190603

[27] Peter H. Abbrecht. 1969. The Journal of Clinical Investigation. Effects of potassium deficiency on renal function in the dog. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC535707/

[28] Rees CA et al. 2001. Veterinary Dermatology. Effects of dietary flax seed and sunflower seed supplementation on normal canine serum polyunsaturated fatty acids and skin and hair coat condition scores. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11360337

[29] Grieshop CM et al. 2002. The Journal of Nutrition. Oral Administration of Arabinogalactan Affects Immune Status and Fecal Microbial Populations in Dogs. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/132/3/478.full

[30] Ku CS et al. 2013. Journal of Medical Food. Health Benefits of Blue-Green Algae: Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3576896/

[31] Shanmugam MK et al. 2015. Molecules. The multifaceted role of curcumin in cancer prevention and treatment. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25665066

[32] Jepson RG et al. 2012. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23076891

7 Science-Supported Ways To Boost Your Happiness

7 Ways To Boost Your Happiness
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People in the USA alone spend an average of $550 million on self-help books and $1 billion on motivational speakers in a year, with the global figure being far higher of course. These figures reflect people’s ongoing quest for happiness. It may be best to spare yourself the unnecessary expenses though. Happiness is easier to achieve than most people expect. And no, happiness is not the temporary feelings of elation you get when you experience achievements like a job promotion, the birth of a child, or a wedding. Happiness is a more enduring sense of well-being. [1]

Social psychologists Diener and Chan have established positive causal effects between happiness and physiological health and longevity. The quest for happiness is definitely a worthwhile one. [2] Here are seven ways you can achieve true happiness.

1. Be More Optimistic

As shown by a Harvard University study, optimists are happier and are 50% less likely to have a stroke, a heart attack, or heart disease. Keeping a positive outlook protects your body against cardiovascular diseases. Pessimists, on the other hand, are three times more likely to acquire health problems as they grow older. [3]

2. Learn From The Happiest Nation In The World

According to the European Commission’s “Eurobarometer”, a series of public opinion surveys, Denmark has earned the top spot in terms of happiness and well-being every year since the study was commissioned in 1973. [4] The United Nations had their own search for the happiest nation in the world, and found Denmark to be first in ranking. The UN World Happiness Report points to six factors as the main reasons for the Danes’ self-reported well-being, namely healthy life expectancy, real GDP per capita, having someone to count on, freedom from corruption, perceived freedom to make life choices, and generosity. Many of these factors are well within your control, like establishing meaningful connections with other people and nurturing a generous spirit. [5]

3. Strike A Work-Life Balance

The Danes are also known for striking a great work-life balance, which contributes to their increased levels of happiness. They make sure they do not overwork, clocking in an average of 33 hours per week. Only 2% of Danes work for more than 40 hours in a week. Although they go right back to work after childbirth, almost 80% of Danish mothers are found to be effective at balancing their free time between spending time with their families, taking part in community club programs, and enjoying weekly happy hour with their friends. [6]

4. Invest In Experiences

The Danes know better than to put too much weight on gadgets and material things. They are more invested in building memories. Studies reveal that people who focus more on having experiences compared to spending on material things report higher levels of satisfaction. And this feeling of satisfaction lingers long after the experience had passed. Moreover, too much material possessions tend to lead to debt, stress and time wasted on maintaining the properties, cars, clothes, gadgets, and the like.

Researchers say that people who focus on experiences report a greater sense of “being alive” not only during the experience but long after. This focus on experience also allow people to be mentally closer to the people around them, giving their happiness a boost. [7]

5. Get Social

Being social can help slow down your biological ageing. Research has revealed that a strong social support system contributes to the lengthening of the body’s telomeres.

Telomeres are the tiny caps on DNA chromosomes that determine cellular age. As per experts, having no friends can result to shorter telomeres and, consequently, a shorter life. Other studies show that loneliness lead to increased rates of depression, stress and health problems. To avoid such problems, it is recommended to have at least one close friend. [8]

6. Go Volunteer

According to dozens of studies, people who spend time volunteering are found to be happier with their lives compared to those who don’t. The United Nations points to volunteerism as one of the reasons Danes are among the happiest people in the world. 43% of people in Denmark regularly contribute to their community, a higher rate compared to USA’s 25%. [6]

A 2012 study found that the joy of helping others start at a young age. It showed that children prefer to give than to receive. The researchers conducted the study by handing out snacks to two groups of toddlers, and asking those from one of the groups to give their treats away. The children who gave away their treats displayed greater levels of happiness, suggesting that the act was more emotionally rewarding. [9]

The act of giving does not have to entail a big sacrifice. Previous research has shown that spending or donating as little as $5 has its emotional benefits. Experts reveal that people are inherently compassionate. Volunteering time, performing acts of kindness, and donating money increase levels of happiness by improving people’s sense of community, self-image and purpose. [10]

7. Just Laugh

Research has shown that more than just signaling happiness, laughing produces it. When you laugh, your level of endorphins rise and your stress hormones decrease. Endorphins are the brain chemicals responsible for the “runner’s high” people get from exercising. Laughing is also believed to be good for the heart. A study revealed that only 8% of heart patients who laughed daily experienced a second heart attack, while 42% of the non-laughers had a second attack. [11]

Another study further revealed that your body cannot differentiate between real and fake laughter. You will get the same benefits either way. So feel free to fake it until you make it. Take the opportunity to laugh whenever you can. Not only is the experience fun, it comes with enormous health benefits as well. [12]

[1] CNN. 7 ways to boost your happiness. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/19/health/finding-happiness/index.html

[2] Science. Happy People Live Longer. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/331/6017/542

[3] Harvard Health Publications. Why optimists enjoy better health. http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/why-optimists-enjoy-better-health

[4] European Commission. Standard Eurobarometer 83. http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/index_en.htm

[5] UN Sustainable Development solutions Network. World Happiness Report 2013. http://unsdsn.org/resources/publications/world-happiness-report-2013/

[6] OECD Better Life Index. Denmark. http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/countries/denmark/

[7] The National Center for Biotechnology Information. Low Social Support Is Associated With Shorter Leukocyte Telomere Length in Late Life: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3881963/

[8] PLOS. Giving Leads to Happiness in Young Children. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0039211

[9] Science. Spending Money on Others Promotes Happiness. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/319/5870/1687.full

[10] The National Center for Biotechnology Information. Humor and Laughter May Influence Health: III. Laughter and Health Outcomes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2249748/

[11] Journey to Awareness and Beyond: with Modern Technology and Ancient Wisdom. https://books.google.com.ph/books?id=_ROQAAAAQBAJ&pg=PT171&lpg=PT171

[12] The National Center for Biotechnology Information. Modulation of neuroimmune parameters during the eustress of humor-associated mirthful laughter. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11253418



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Science: Spirulina Halts 85% Of Breast Cancer In Vivo

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Spirulina is a not a new discovery in the world of medical advancements. Older studies as early as the 1960s focused on the nutritional value of Spirulina; only recently has the focus shifted on the health benefits of these plants, specifically how it can boost immunity and fight disease. One of the most recent breakthroughs on this plant is its links with cancer prevention.



Published in January 2014 in The American Journal of Pathology, Ouhtit, et. al.’s study found that spirulina was able to inhibit breast carcinogenesis in rats. Spirulina, which is a filamentous blue-green microalga, has been previously studied for its antioxidant and potentially anticancer properties. The study was conducted in vivo, meaning in live test subjects, which is much more significant than “in vitro” results, which indicates actual potential for anti-carcinogenic action in living beings. The researchers found that Spirulina was able to clear out rat mammary tumors, as confirmed by histopathology, or looking at tissues under a microscope and looking for cancerous cells. [1]

Furthermore, the study found that Spirulina was able to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells within 24 hours; apoptosis or cell death among cancer cells happened within 48 hours after the introduction of treatment with Spirulina. That’s certainly a feat – anti-cancer effects within one to two days of treatment with this algae. All in all, Spirulina was able to reduce the incidence of breast tumors in the rats from 87% to 13%. That’s an 85% reduction of tumors after treatment with Spirulina! The researchers report that their study is most likely the first report of in vivo treatment with spirulina against cancer, highlighting the potential role of this life form in both preventative supplementation and actual cancer therapy. [1]

While Ouhtit, et. al.’s study is one of the first in vivo studies on Spirulina, there are plenty of other studies that came after, showing how the plant is able to fight against other kinds of cancer. In March 2014, a study was published by Konickova, et. al. in the Annals of Hepatology, showing that Spirulina was able to work in vivo against pancreatic cancer cells after the third day of treatment! In November 2015, Pan, et. al. found that Spirulina was able to cause apoptosis in ovarian cancer cells, targeting multiple proteins in the ovarian cancer cell line and causing cell death. [2][3]

These are fantastic discoveries. You can find Spirulina in a variety of forms, the most common being capsule and tablet forms, though you can find it in powder or flake form as well. If you have pre-existing health conditions, make sure to seek medical advice from your doctor if you can take Spirulina supplements without any problems. Otherwise, just follow the instructions on dosing on the package. Dosing varies depending on the type of product you get. Seek a high-purity, high quality product. This scientific research indicates that you may be able to reduce your cancer risk today by including Spirulina in your diet!

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References:

[1] Ouhtit, A., et. al. (2014). Chemoprevention of rat mammary carcinogenesis by spirulina. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24269837

[2] Konickova, R., et. al. (2014). Anti-cancer effects of blue-green alga Spirulina platensis, a natural source of bilirubin-like tetrapyrrolic compounds. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24552870

[3] Pan, R., et. al. (2015). Spirulina phycocyanin induces differential protein expression and apoptosis in SKOV-3 cells. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26410814