Herbs and herbal remedies have become increasingly popular in the recent years because they help the body fight diseases naturally. In addition, many herbs are used by the pharmaceutical industry as key ingredients of a variety of medications. Let's take for example Aspirin which is the most widely used medication in the world. Its key ingredient is salicylic acid which was isolated from willow bark in the early 19th century. And the list of herbs that are used by the mainstream medicine in the pill-form is nearly endless.

Ecklonia cava, a type of brown algae which is found off the coast of Korea, Japan and China has attracted a lot of attention for its health benefits. The thing that makes it special among herbal remedies are its outstanding antioxidant properties which is estimated to be times more potent than that of green tea. As one of the most powerful antioxidants in the planet, Ecklonia cava helps neutralize the damage that is caused by the free radicals. These are believed to play an important role in a number of health problems including cancer which means that Ecklonia cava may reduce the risk of cancer. In addition to having anti-cancer properties, the researches also suggest that this brown alga could be beneficial for fibromylgia, high cholesterol, heart disease, insomnia, arthritis, asthma, erectile dysfunction and a number of other health problems, while animal studies have shown promising results of Ecklonia cava in weight loss.

The brown alga from the ocean of East Asia seems a miraculous plant, however, many people wonder if it is really as powerful as it claims to be. The best way to find out is to take a look at scientific studies. Those that were conducted so far mostly confirm the above mentioned health benefits of Ecklonia cava although many mainstream health care providers warn that more studies are required to confirm the health claims of this brown alga. This is completely normal because the mainstream medicine has very strict standards when it comes to both natural and non-natural treatments. As a result, many years can pass before a particular medication or herbal remedy is officially recognized as effective and safe by the mainstream medicine. Considering that the mentioned health benefits of Ecklonia cava were discovered only in the recent years, it may take a lot of time before it will be officially recognized as a uniquely potent antioxidant by the medical community.

Potential side effects are another highly important thing that should be kept in mind before using any remedies including all-natural ones. Although most of them are popular due to absence of side effects, it is important to be aware that some herbal remedies can cause potentially serious side effects. Ecklonia cava has no known side effects at the moment of writing, however, you are highly recommended to consult with your doctor if being pregnant or breast-feeding, if having a medical condition or if taking any medications before starting to use this brown alga which is available in the form of extract.