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Alternative Names

Algae, Algas Pardas, Algues Brunes, Algues Brunes Marines, Brown Alga, Brown Algae, Brown Seaweed, EC, ECE, Ecklonia Extract, Eckol, LAD103, Marine Brown Algae, Phlorotannin. CAUTION: Please refer to separate listings for Bladderwrack, Blue-Green Algae, Laminaria

Scientific Name

Ecklonia Cava

Why Do People Use Brown Algae?

Orally, brown algae are used for fibromyalgia, cancer, osteoarthritis, fatigue, insomnia, hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and radiation exposure. They are also used for Gulf War syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multiple-chemical sensitivity, weight loss and obesity, and many other conditions.

Is It Safe To Use?

There is insufficient reliable information available about the safety of brown algae. Pregnancy and Lactation - Insufficient reliable information available; avoid using.

How Effective Is Brown Algae?

There is insufficient reliable information available about the effectiveness of brown algae.

How Brown Algae Works?

Brown algae contain pharmacologically active polyphenols called phlorotannins. These are polymers of phloroglucinol and include eckol, ventol, and triphlorethol-A.Sterol derivatives including fucosterol, ergosterol, and cholesterol are also provided by brown algae. Phlorotannin constituents of brown algae have antioxidant effects and inhibit lipid peroxidation in vitro. There is interest in brown algae for preventing cancer due to the antioxidant effects of phlorotannin constituents. In vitro, the eckol constituent of brown algae protects lung fibroblasts against oxidative damage. Crude polyphenol extracts of brown algae also seem to decrease proliferation of cancer cells in vitro. Phlorotannins from brown algae also appear to protect against gamma-ray radiation exposure. Some research shows that triphlorethol-A from brown algae reduces oxidative cellular damage caused by radiation exposure in vitro. The eckol constituent also seems to decrease mortality in animal models of lethal irradiation. There is also interest in brown algae for preventing osteoarthritis due to the antioxidant and potential anti-inflammatory effects of brown algae constituents. In addition to antioxidant effects, phlorotannin-rich extracts of brown algae appear to reduce production of inflammatory prostaglandins, inhibit interleukin-1 alpha, and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). Phlorotannins in brown algae also inhibit matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) in vitro. MMP inhibitors are thought to have a role in preventing cancer metastasis, osteoarthritis, and wrinkle formation. Brown algae are being used to prevent asthmatic attacks. Brown algae are thought to have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy effects that might reduce asthma exacerbation. In animal models, administering brown algae extracts appears to decrease experimentally induced airway hyper-responsiveness, matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) levels, and inflammatory cytokines. Brown algae constituents appear to have antibacterial and antiviral effects. In vitro, a phloroglucinol derivative contained in brown algae inhibits replication and cell entry of human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1).

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Brown Algae?

None known.

How Brown Algae Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

None known.

How Brown Algae Interacts With Drugs?

None known.

How Brown Algae Interacts With Foods?

None known.

How Brown Algae Interacts With Lab Tests?

None known.

How Brown Algae Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

None known.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Brown Algae?

No typical dosage for brown algae.


Brown algae are edible algae usually harvested off the coasts of Japan, Korea, and China.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Brown Algae Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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