Powerful antioxidant from
the sea for heart health.
About six months
ago, someone came to me and asked: Have you heard of this stuff?
Today, I’m using
it. Ecklonia Cava Extract is such an important supplement that the
information you’re getting here today will be going into the update
of our book, Bypassing Bypass.
Extract, ECE, is derived from a specific species of brown algae
found off the coasts of Japan and Korea. ECE contains polyphenols,
phytochemicals found in green tea, red wine, and berries that act as
antioxidants, however, these polyphenols are very unique, are not
found in land based plants, and are quite possibly the most powerful
antioxidants found in nature, approximately 10 to 100 times more
powerful than other polyphenols. It’s ORAC score of more than 8,300.
ECE is 40%
fat-soluble. Water soluble polyphenols found in land based plants
have a half-life of about 30 minutes. Their antioxidant powers fall
off very quickly. ECE’s polyphenols have a half life of 12 hours (24
times longer), plus they have the ability to cross the blood brain
barrier and increase blood flow.
Judging ECE by
its ORAC score alone does this algae a great disservice, mainly
because of its unique structure. The power of an antioxidant is
dependant upon its structure, consisting of rings which trap
electrons and neutralize free radicals. Resveratrol has two rings.
The catechins in green tea have four rings. ECE has eight rings of
these polyphenols, more than any land based food, which makes it a
super free radical scavenger.
millions of dollars have been spent investigating this marvelous
food, and were going to let you in on what they’ve discovered.
First let’s talk
about oxidation. When metal oxidizes, it rusts. Fats, like
cholesterol, oxidize too, and this causes plaque in our arteries.
One of the most powerful oxidants in our bodies is peroxynitrite, or
as some call it: the most notorious of the free radicals.
Martin Pall, PhD
performed some ground breaking research on multiple chemical
sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, PTSD, Gulf War
syndrome, and a host of other conditions. Working with ECE, Dr Pall
discovered it was immensely potent in reducing the radical
scavenging activities of peroxynitrite, the DPPH radical (another
potent oxidant), and even reversed oxidized LDL (the so-called bad
On top of this,
Dr Pall discovered that ECE had some extraordinary anti-inflammatory
properties, and inhibited the
enzyme (ACE) responsible for high blood pressure (Angiotensin leads to constriction of the smooth muscles and arteries,
which reduces blood flow and raises blood pressure).
Given the above,
imagine all the diseases and disorders ECE can help improve.
You don’t have
to imagine. We’re gong to give you the results of all this research
In a controlled
study lasting 8 weeks, ECE:
time it took participants to fall asleep by 47 minutes
total nighttime sleep by 1.6 hours
soundness of sleep by80%
energy levels by 71%
reported 2 1/4 more good days per week
condition improved by39%
is a thin layer of cells lining your blood vessels. Damage to the
endothelial cells restricts blood flow leading to cardiovascular
disease. Endothelial cells are damaged by free radicals and low
grade infections in the blood. Then along comes LDL to bandage the
damage, and if oxidized, begins the build up of plaque.
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.
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.
In one six week
study, researchers gave 39 adults (average age 55.6) a low dose (100
mg) of ECE (the average dose is approximately 325 mg per day). Their
average cholesterol dropped from 228 to 224. LDL dropped from 141 to
135. HDL rose from 46.5 to 50.7, which is highly significant,
triglycerides fell from 215 to 195, and the subjects’ atherogenic
index (a measure of how quickly atherosclerotic deposits are formed
in the arteries) dropped 12.5%.
In a four week
animal study, half were given a standard blood pressure medicine,
while the other half got ECE. Both groups responded nearly the same,
their blood pressures were decreased, but after cessation of
treatment, the ECE group’s blood pressure rose much slower than the
Plasmin is an
enzyme that dissolves fibrin, the substance that helps blood form
clots. ECE was found to inhibit anti-plasmin, and kept blood from
forming clots 40 to 200 times better than standard medicines
(Flufenamate and Chloramine T). ECE keeps your blood thin, but not
This is a very
important point, because the viscosity of your blood, according to
functional physicians, is the determining factor in cardiovascular
events and stroke. ECE can keep you heart attack and stroke free.
Function and Blood Flow
One study found
that ECE can increase the velocity of blood flow in the carotid
artery from an average of 36.68 cm/sec to 40.09cm/sec.
An EEG study on
brain waves of healthy middle age volunteers found that ECE
compounds increase alpha-waves (producing relaxation and alertness).
It was also discovered that ECE compounds prevented sleepiness in
bus drivers and high school students during day time activities.
ECE has recently
been found to protect neuronal cells from ischemia-induced
inflammatory reactions which often occur in the aged and highly
stressed brain, thus relieving symptoms of PTSD.
In mice studies,
of acetylcholine in three brain regions related to memory formation,
as compared with non-treated mice. Especially, 140% enhancement was
observed in the frontal cortex that is crucial in long-term memory
and associative thinking.
memory was tested showing a 130-140% improvement.
In rat studies,
ECE showed inhibition of beta-amyloid deposition in the brain.
Beta-amyloid is the same substance that accumulates in Alzheimer’s
disease. The rats also learned maze challenges faster, which
demonstrated improvement in short-term memory
Inflammation & 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)
One study found
ECE to naturally suppress inflammatory responses and neutralize
inflammatory damage, showing dramatic improvement in both arthritis
recent study on 40 patients with neuropathy, ECE reduced nerve pay
by 40% in just four weeks with 80% of the patients responding
The enzyme DGAT
affects the final step in the production of triglycerides, the nasty
fats that wind up on your belly, hips, and buttocks.
experiments, ECE reduced body fat (while increasing physical
activity) by inhibiting DGAT by more than 50%. Obese mice lost more
than 10% of their body weight in 120 days.
In a human
study involving 141 young adults, their average weight dropped
approximately two and a half pounds in just two weeks.
In a six month
study of 31 men with ED, ECE performed better than Viagra® in all
parameters (orgasmic function, intercourse satisfaction, overall
satisfaction) except for erectile function, which showed ECE equal
to Viagra®. The kicker is that no side effects were reported with
strongly indicate that the long-term administration of ECE
significantly contributes to the neutralization of oxidative risk
factors, thereby improving peripheral blood circulation around
muscles and nerves involved in sexual function as well as the penile
It should be
noted that ECE does not work as quickly as Viagra®, and to get these
benefits, ECE must be taken daily for a period of time.
After a six
week study, it was confirmed that ECE can rejuvenate damaged
endothelial cells to produce nitric oxide, increasing dilation of
the blood vessels by 50%.
Glucose concentrations are often elevated in diabetics and aldose
reductase has long been believed to be responsible for diabetic
complications involving a number of organs. Many aldose reductase
inhibitors have been developed as drug candidates but virtually all
have failed. [Wikipedia]
compounds have been found to be potent aldose reductase inhibitors,
which may be of benefit for patients with metabolic syndrome,
syndrome X, or diabetes.
has shown to drop blood sugar quickly, and even if you cheat on your
diet, blood sugar quickly normalizes.
Harvard (Joslin School of Diabetes) mouse study directly implicated
excessive fat deposition in the mouse pancreas as turning on the NF-kappaB
inflammation pathway, resulting in full-blown type II diabetes and
insulin insensitivity in the mice. It was then discovered in another
mouse study that ECE reversed fat deposition in liver and pancreas
cells and markedly inhibited inflammation in the pancreas.
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
Algoran-FS is a
new formulation using
Ecklonia Bicyclis, and like all their
98% pure; a
standardized 25 to 1 extract. To potentiate the product, the
manufacturers have added Cordyceps Sinensis (a medicinal mushroom
that's been used for over 2,000 years), Gynostemma Pentaphylum (or
Jiaogulan, another Chinese herb),
Originally the manufacturer planned to create
Algoran-FS using both the ECE and EBE but, as noted below in our
correction, the studies came back that they didn't function together
as well as they'd anticipated, so this product using only the
The product is designed for energy and
Cordyceps Sinensis, as stated above, has been used in Chinese
medicine for over 2,000 years. Here is a short-list of what it does:
Anti-inflammatory (recommended for lower back
Increases libido and potency.
Lowers blood pressure.
Alleviates respiratory, cardiovascular,
kidney, and liver disease.
Counteracts atherosclerosis by improving blood
Jiaogulan is something we've written about
previously, but here are its highlights.
- Antioxidant: known to
increase the presence of Super-Oxide Dismutase, a powerful
internal antioxidant. In one study it was discovered that SOD
increased a whopping 282%.
- Helps with insomnia: this
herb was fount to improve sleep quality in 89 – 95% of those
- Fights hypertension:
studies have shown that Jiaogulan is 82% effective in lowering
blood pressure. Scientists feel that it was Jiaogulan’s ability
to help release Nitric Oxide that is responsible for its effect
- Antitumor: though the
literature likes to point out that more research is needed,
Jiaogulan seems to inhibit tumor growth, actually kills cancer
cells (increases NK activity), and is a pretty powerful
preventive. In one study, it helped inhibit cervical cancer.
- Fights radiation damage: in
a study of cancer patients undergoing it was discovered that
administering Jiaogulan to patients undergoing radiation therapy
helped to regularize the white blood counts.
- Hypoglycemic: shown to
improve glucose tolerance and maintain healthy insulin levels.
- Increases cellular
immunity: patients whose immune systems had been compromised by
cancer (and its treatment) were shown to have a much better
prognosis when using Jiaogulan as opposed to the control group.
additive is Huperzine which is an extract
from a club moss (Huperzia serrata) that comes to us from
Chinese folk medicine. Huperzine strongly inhibits
acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine,
which aids in memory and learning. In Alzheimer’s patients, there is
a shortage of acetylcholine. Huperzine A is, according to
researchers, a promising substance for the symptomatic treatment of
ECE and is
sold under the name Seanol®, but so far, I’ve not found any version
that measures up to Algoran-FS. Swanson’s version is standardized to
13%, however Swanson is now selling the Ecklonia Cava we've
discovered, but then, so is Simply the
making Algoran-FS has the most potent version available, and in
addition to the pills, I’ve been buying it in bulk to add to
recipes. One level teaspoon in a stir fry is a great healthy boost
for the entire family. You can buy it in bulk ONLY from the
manufacturer in Canada:
325 mgs of ECE
is equal to ten servings of fruits and vegetables. One teaspoon in
your stir fry is equal to over forty servings of fruits and
Ecklonia Bicyclis does everything listed above
that Ecklonia Cava does with one exception: it's actions are
targeted. This means that it just seems to go where it is needed.
The Ecklonia Cava has a general effect, while the Ecklonia Bicyclis
has a targeted effect.
I’ve already received lots of emails from people
who’ve done a bit of research into Ecklonia Bicyclis who tell me
that it’s been on the market for some time now, and it is sold in
its whole form Arame, a seaweed.
As we’ve often said in the past, we Westerners
love reduction. We’ve reduced vitamin C to ascorbic acid and there
are many aloe products that reduce it to one or two ingredients.
We’ve told you that a product works like an orchestra, all parts
working together synergistically. Ascorbic acid cannot do what a C
complex can do. As for Aloe, the whole form is intensely powerful
with hundreds of phytochemicals working together. Having said that,
the extract of EB produced by the makers of the Algoran products is
not only one of the most powerful antioxidants in existence with
actual lasting strength (most water soluble antioxidants work for
just a short time before they’re filtered out by the kidneys), it
performs better than their whole form, again as mentioned, going
where it is needed most.
Eating Arame is good for us, but cannot perform as
well as the extract because you could not possibly eat enough Arame
to get the therapeutic benefits of the extract. To get one gram of
the extract you would have to eat 11.5 kilos of the seaweed.
Additionally, the extract goes directly into your bloodstream and
the seaweed has to be digested first. One additional problem with
eating Arame is that there are two different types. Ecklonia
Bicyclis and Eisenia Arborea. When you buy Arame, you never really
know which you are getting.
The Ecklonia Cava is
comprehensive in its benefits while the Ecklonia Bicyclis is
targeted. The new product from these people in Canada
contains 200mgs of both. It’s a bit more expensive, expected to
retail for $39.95 per 60 capsules. If you are interested, go to the
Best’s site as often as possible to
look for updates. And if you are using Microsoft’s IE, hit Ctr-Refresh
when you get there to make sure you are seeing the most recent page.
The manufacturer, Ford-Speranza
Nutraceuticals, had decided NOT to package Ecklonia Cava and
Ecklonia Bicyclis together due to research results. They had
suspected that the two compounds would work synergistically
together, however it seems that
together, these two supplements did not work as well as they had
hoped. Thus, right now (05/01/12) the company is producing only a
pure ECE supplement with no additives. They are manufacturing right
now a variety of ECE supplements with additives for specific
conditions, as well as a pure EBE extract. Here is a link the the
company with the American distributorship of these products (which
will appear on their page as they are released):
Simply the Best.
Algoran AA is their latest
concoction using Ecklonia Bicyclis, with lots of additional
suplements and herbs, all aimed at anti-aging. The additional herbs
and supplements are aimed at reducing inflammation and cutting the
amount of sugar in our blood stream. We've written about many of the
ingredients already at this site, such as L-carnitine, which works
both in our mitochondria (the factories of our cells) making them
more efficient, and works to keep neurotransmitters healthy and
functioning properly. It's a bit more expensive than their other
products, but is a very good product if you're starting to feel the
effects of aging.
Nutricology: Ecklonia Cava: A Review
Dr Robert Rowan's
Anti-aging super supplement from seaweed ─ a
user's review of all ECE supplements.
Seaweed Polyphenol Possible Cure for Diabetes (PDF)
Ecklonia Cava Extract: SuperAntioxidant (PDF)