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Ecklonia cava

Ecklonia Cava is a brown seaweed with a rich polyphenolic content (this particular subset being known as eckols or phlorotannins) that confers anti-oxidant properties, it is being investigated for health properties.

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Summary of Ecklonia cava

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Ecklonia Cava is a type of seaweed which is known to be one of the highest sources of phloroglucinols, a type of antioxidant compound that appears to be unique to sea plants. The phloroglucinols appear to be very potent anti-oxidants, and these benefits have been noted after oral ingestion as well.

That being said, the potency of Phloroglucinols being anti-oxidants seems to be a bit separate from the magnitude of benefit one gets from ingesting these compounds. Benefits have been noted on blood pressure, blood glucose, and inflammation but for the most part these are statistically sound but practically small benefits. The current human evidence is unconvincing for the most part, although these compounds and seaweed are undoubtedly 'healthy' as a general statement.

Other effects that seem interesting for Ecklonia Cava are an apparently anti-allergic potential that is not highly explored, and there appears to be some anti-cancer properties as well (mostly tested in regards to melanoma). Topical application of Ecklonia is one of a few compounds that can enhance hair growth, and it appears to be novel in the sense that it both inhibits androgen-induced hair loss and also directly enhances hair growth (so it, by itself, appears to be some form of combination therapy).

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Ecklonia Cava products appear to benefit the body in relatively low doses, with weak health benefits on blood pressure and glucose in the range of 100mg; higher doses (which would be expected when consuming the seaweed itself as a food product) confer dose-dependent responses.

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Human Effect Matrix

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The Human Effect Matrix summarizes human studies to tell you what effects Ecklonia cava has on your body, how much evidence there is, and how strong these effects are.

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Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
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Notes
grade-c Minor - See study
May reduce blood glucose levels, not overly potent in doing so
grade-c Minor Very High See 2 studies
A possible reduction in blood pressure in overweight persons with supplementation of ecklonia cava
grade-c Minor Very High See 2 studies
Possible reductions in LDL-C
grade-c Minor Very High See 2 studies
A possible reduction in total cholesterol concentrations
grade-c - - See study
No significant influence on triglycerides noted with ecklonia cava
grade-d Notable - See study
Appears to reduce C-reactive protein, with the degree of reduction being noted almost a halving
grade-d - - See study
No significant influence on HDL-C detected

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