Study suggest that Ecklonia Cava Protects Against Alcohol-induced Liver Injury
Alcoholic liver disease is widely known and is notoriously one of the most serious liver disorders, caused by excessive ethanol intake. The effects of ecklonia cava , an edible brown seaweed was examined with respect to ethanol induced liver damage in the livers of mice. After administered doses of ecklonia cava to the mice and in the amounts of 5 and 25 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, mice were given 4 grams per kilogram of ethanol of the body weight.
Both body weight and survival rates were increased as compared to the control (the mice not given ecklonia cava) while still being given ethanol. Elevated enzymes levels that are known to be toxic to the liver (glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase and glutamic pyruvic transaminase) levels in the blood were lower than those of the control.
Ecklonia cava supplemented mice also exhibited a reduction of the total cholesterol. The effect on improvement of fatty liver induced by ethanol was observed by taking out the liver immediately after dissecting the mouse. It’s been suggested that ecklonia cava possesses the beneficial effect to humans against ethanol-induced liver injury.