The invention provides extracts of brown seaweed of the genus Ascophyllum that have valuable pharmacological properties. In particular, compositions of the invention are useful for e.g.: inhibiting alpha-glucosidase activity; preventing or treating conditions mediated by alpha-glucosidase activity; reducing blood glucose levels; preventing or treating diabetes; modulating glucose uptake in adipocytes; preventing or treating obesity; scavenging free radicals; stimulating the immune system; activating macrophages; preventing or treating condition mediated by macrophage activation; and modulating nitric oxide production by macrophages. Methods for using the Ascophyllum extracts of the invention are provided, as are kits comprising Ascophyllum extracts of the invention and instructions for using the extracts.
Also published as : WO2006017943, US2008280994 and CA2541747
Field of Research
111599 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences not elsewhere classified 111501 Basic Pharmacology