What is Ecklonia Cava?
Ecklonia cava is a unique brown seaweed harvested off the coastal waters of Japan, Korea, and China. Rich in unique polyphenolic compounds, Ecklonia cava has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy to help combat several health issues simultaneously.
We use only the highest grade Ecklonia Cava Extract in Total Health, which is 4:1 Extract, compared to other products only using 25:1 Extract.
The potency of an antioxidant is usually determined by its molecular structure which are made up of rings. Most antioxidants have three connected rings, while Ecklonia cava has up to eight, making its free-radical scavenging capabilities 10X-100X more powerful!
Better than Green Tea
Fat soluble aquatic nutrients like Ecklonia cava can stay in the body longer and have a half-life of up to 12 full hours, compared to 30 minutes for most water-soluble, land-based polyphenols such as Green Tea.
Athletic Performance and Endurance
Ecklonia cava polyphenol (ECP) is a potent antioxidant and procirculatory agent that may contribute to improvement of endurance performance during highly intense exercise. A study of twenty men was conducted that evaluated the acute effect of an ECP-supplemented against a placebo on maximum endurance capacity and related physiological parameters. The ECP group showed a significant delay in time to exhaustion compared to the placebo group (2.39 min, p <.05)
With a human study, 141 young adults were given a beverage containing ECE at 200 mg daily. Participants lost nearly 2.5 pounds in two weeks. Muscle mass increased by nearly 2.5 pounds, and body fat dropped by 4 pounds, or 7.48%. It was found that ECE stimulates the body to burn fat by increasing muscle mass.
A clinical study of patients with damaged artery walls showed that after taking ECE for just six weeks, the arteries began to heal, increasing blood flow by more than 50%. The healthy arteries began generating nitric oxide again, which keeps artery walls open and relaxed. It was also discovered that ECE halted the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which, if oxidized, damages the endothelial cells and builds plaque. Researchers found that ECE is more effective at inhibiting the oxidation of LDL cholesterol than green tea catechins and appears to scrub the plaque off the endothelial lining. ECE also reduces vascular inflammation by preventing oxidation, which directly affects the body's inflammatory response.
Blood-Brain Barrier and Blood Flow
Ecklonia Cava Extract (ECE) is fat-soluble, giving it the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and considerably improve blood flow to the brain; one way it improves memory. ECE can penetrate deep into the fatty tissues of the body in ways that traditional water-soluble antioxidants cannot!
Studies have demonstrated that the phlorotannins in Ecklonia cava increase the concentration of acetylcholine in the brain by inhibiting cholinesterase, in a similar way to Huperzine-A, and thus helping support memory function.
Alertness and Focus
Studies showed that ECE compounds helped prevent fatigue and drowsiness in bus drivers and in high school students during normal daytime activities. This is most likely due to the increased blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain.
Fibromyalgia and Sleep
In a 2 month, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, ECE was administered to fibromyalgia patients as an additional therapy to their standard of Doctor care. ECE cut the time it took the participants to fall asleep by 47 minutes; it increased total nighttime sleep by 1.6 hours; it improved depth of sleep by 80%; it increased their energy levels by 70%; they reported 2 1/4 more good days per week; it reduced their pain by 30%; and their general condition improved by 40%. Interestingly, these improvements were achieved at all doses. Patients taking the placebo showed no improvement over the course of the study.
Arthritis, Inflammation and Neuralgia
It was found that ECE is comparable to the highly touted drug Celebrex® in the ability to reduce PGE2 by slowing down the lipoxygenase (LOX) system. One study found ECE to naturally suppress inflammatory responses and neutralize inflammatory damage, showing dramatic improvement in both arthritis and neuralgia. In another recent study on 40 patients with neuropathy, ECE reduced nerve pay by 40% in just four weeks with 80% of the patients responding favorably.
Ecklonia Cava Extract (ECE) may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Laboratory rats given ECE showed an inhibition of beta-amyloid formation in the brain, a substance that accumulates in Alzheimer’s disease.
ECE vs. Viagra®: 8-Week Human Clinical Trial Scientists studied 31 men with erectile dysfunction for over six months. For eight weeks they compared ECE to Viagra®. They looked at orgasmic function, intercourse fulfillment, erectile function, and overall fulfillment. ECE scored equal to or higher than Viagra® in satisfaction and No side effects were reported.
To date, no toxicity has been found at any level. It is manufactured from edible algae, and is considered a food. There are no known drug interactions.
Many other studies have been conducted with Ecklonia Cava Extract. As this remarkable substance continues to be researched, many new benefits may yet be discovered!