wikiHow to Benefit from Ecklonia Cava Antioxidant Seanol

Two Methods:Spectacular BiochemistryWorld's greatest longevity and this antioxidant

Seaweed has been important in many Asian diets. Being aware of potential health benefits of certain seaweeds, in the 1990s a study of the health benefits of seaweed was begun, funded by more than $39 million from the Korean government.[1]


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    Access information about Ecklonia cava as his latest proclaimed highly-beneficial health supplement, quote: “Scientifically researched in two open label studies to help lower your total cholesterol, LDL 'bad' cholesterol and triglycerides and maintain your HDL 'good' cholesterol (and cardiovascular health) at the same time, as part of your heart healthy program." And, Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra said it: [2]
    • "Helps boost alpha waves, which are associated with mental focus and acuity (reduces drowsiness)
    • Soothes your stiff joints (Reduce joint stiffness and everyday aches and pain);
    • Sends your energy soaring... (Ease fatigue and help boost your energy levels)
    • Increases your blood flow and circulation!”
    • Helps fight the signs of aging (Fights free radical assault)"
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    Check the results of a study, after years of hard work, which found that a rare red/brown seaweed called Ecklonia cava is special:[3]
    • They tested more than 400 red and brown seaweeds, looking for a specific type of molecular structure with superior antioxidant properties.
      • After six weeks of Ecklonia cava, blood flow dilation and nitric oxide activity in the blood vessels improved.
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    Caveat: water soluble antioxidants work primarily outside of your cells. Compare land-based antioxidants that can not penetrate the blood/brain barrier that "protects" helps protect your brain against most water soluble substances.
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    Help your brain with Seanol easily crosses the blood/brain barrier because it is "40 percent fat soluble" and gives your brain antioxidant protection because it does penetrate the blood/brain barrier into your brain.
    • But, also, Seanol is both fat and water soluble, so it’s able to easily penetrate your cells, working inside of them for maximum protection and outside, too.
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    Retain Seanol in your body as much as 12 hours: This is because it is oil soluble, as research suggests that it also gives you longer protection because of that distinct benefit.
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    Compare water soluble antioxidants which pass through your body in about 30 minutes: Then they are expelled in your urine. This means Seanol may provide up to 24 times longer antioxidant protection:

    12 hr / .5 hr = 24 times, OR = 2400% longer lasting effects
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    Read about rare sea plants from which Seanol is extracted that originate in 100 feet (30.5 m) of pure, nutrient-rich waters of Jeju Island off the coast of Korea. The ocean waters off its shores are one of the few places in the world where this prized red/brown seaweed grows: Ecklonia cava are laden with the most powerful antioxidants on earth, with an ORAC score as much as 100 times greater than any land-based antioxidants. Called Seanol it is a highly valued antioxidant in Korea, Japan and other Asian countries since it has begun to be produced and marketed. It starts with the unique molecular structure of Seanol that allows it to “trap” far more free radicals than any land-based antioxidant, Seanol, which contains two types of powerful antioxidants:[4]

Method 1
Spectacular Biochemistry

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    See how Seanol has much more availability of polyphenols and phlorotannins the land based molecular structures of "two to four connected rings": antioxidants found in many land-based products such as berries, tea leaves, grapes, pomegranates, fruits and vegetables -- and these rings are critical because they “trap” free radicals.
    • Trans-resveratrol from red grapes has only "two-ring" molecular structure.
    • Green tea has a "four-ring" molecular structure.
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    Smash: Notice, Seanol has "eight rings"! This allows it to trap far more free radicals than any other antioxidant, as it has this complex molecule, and it can form the same polyphenols and phlorotannins, but in the more sophisticated molecular structure compared.[4]
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    Look into the ability of a food, vitamin or extract to absorb harmful free radicals, thereby rendering them harmless, is measured by the "Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity" (ORAC) score. The higher the ORAC score, the better, as foods and natural substances with high ORAC scores may protect your cells and tissues from oxidative damage.
    • Seanol has an ORAC value of a whopping 8,368, far superior to green tea, red wine’s resveratrol and many fruits and vegetables.
      • Seanol has over 10 times more ORAC value than an orange. You’d have to eat 7 or 8 oranges a day to get the same ORAC value as one serving of Seanol.
    • ORAC Value of Seanol for 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) for food items:
      • Seanol 8,368 / Raisins 2,830 / Blueberries 2,400 / Blackberries 2,036 / Strawberries 1,540 / Oranges 750 / Red grapes 739 / Cherries 670 / Spinach 1,260 / Broccoli flowers 890 / Beets 840 / Corn 400 / Eggplant 390 / Tea 700–1,600 (Red wine is noted for resveratrol from red grapes.)
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    Realize that, “You’d have to drink 200 glasses of green tea a day to get the antioxidant protection of a daily dose of this extract. Why? Because its ORAC score is up to 100 times greater than any land-based antioxidant."
    • Now, these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Method 2
World's greatest longevity and this antioxidant

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    In a study for every 100,000 Islanders living on Okinawa, there are 457 people over 100 years old. Compare than to just 10 people over 100 years for every 100,000 Americans. Scientists have studied the Okinawans and attribute their long lives to hard work, clean air, and diet—which, you guessed it, includes a lot of seaweed. The Okinawans, like many Japanese and Asians, love their seaweed, and eat it as part of many meals. The Japanese, overall, live longer than any other people on earth, with an average lifespan of 79.4 years for men and 86.5 years for women? And among the Japanese, the Okinawans live the longest.[4]
    • Mahinda Seneviratne and Soo-Hyun Kim, report that it showed “significant activities in all antioxidant assays...activities that were superior to those of a commercial synthetic and natural antioxidant tests.” Scientific research also documents that Ecklonia cava has shown “higher scavenging activities” toward free radicals, as this “super antioxidant” penetrates your cells more effectively.[4]


  • Recommendations of "Ecklonia cava" are included from this cardiologist, a pioneer, who has been published in medical journals since 1977, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, M.D., certified nutritionist: There is now a product called Seanol, which is an antioxidant derived from this very special seaweed. Dr. Sinatra has been published in numerous medical and nutrition journals on nutritional subjects that were related to cardiovascular/heart disease beginning in 1992 listed on his "complete vitae" page referenced:[2]
    • "Back in the mid-1980s, I was among the first cardiologists in America to recommend natural substances such as coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), L-Carnitine and green tea for my patients. Some of my peers scoffed at me. But scientific evidence suggested these breakthroughs could do wonders for the heart, and I proved my case." Dr. Sinatra describes himself as an integrative cardiologist. That is, he prefers to treat heart disease by using the best of both conventional and alternative medicine. Sometimes that means relying on pharmaceutical drugs and high-tech equipment—but it's just as likely to include mind-body activities that reduce stress and nutritional therapies that enhance cell metabolism. Dr. Sinatra strongly believes that the more efficient your body's cells are at creating and burning energy, the better your overall health will be. This is especially true of the heart, which uses more energy than any other organ in the body.
  • C-reactive protein (CRP) -- an indicator of inflammation in the body, and lowering it can help prevent heart attacks. Supplements that help reduce inflammation include fish oil (2-4 g daily), the brown seaweed extract Ecklonia cava (720 mg daily), curcumin from yellow mustard (50-100 mg daily), and nattokinase (50-100 mg daily).
  • Follow through with your New Year's resolutions to lose weight and to exercise regularly. Both help keep CRP in check.[5]
  • These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The statements and products here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sources and Citations

  1. "Korean biochemist Dr. Haengwoo Lee heading a group of PhDs and MDs," from report by Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, MD, Certified Cardiologist, Psychotherapist and Nutritionist
  2. 2.02.1Complete vitae of Physician, cardiologist, nutritionist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., C.N.S., C.B.T., New England Heart Center P.C., Manchester, CT 06040,
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