Sea Buckthorn Benefits

Sea buckthorn benefits are wide and varied. This small yellow-orange berry is found in the Himalayas. The leaves, flowers and fruit have been used to treat everything from skin conditions, to digestive issues, high blood pressure and more.

Sea buckthorn oils and seeds contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, including Omega 7 (Palmitoleic Acid), a rare member of the Omega family of fatty acids.

Omega 3, 6 and 9 are also found in Sea buckthorn leaves and berries, along with:

Vitamins A, E, C, F, K and vitamin B. That’s quite the multi-vitamin punch, not too mention an impressive fatty acid and antioxidant profile as well.

But that’s not all…

This sour little berry is rich in amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, biotin, and folic acid.

Sea buckthorn was widely used in China and Mongolia  in ancient times and was reputed to be beneficial for cardiovascular health and strengthening the immune system. It’s plentiful medicinal properties were also often used to treat burns, skin lesions and ulcers.

Russian researchers found that the fruits of the sea buckthorn shrub contained 190 bio-active substances.

seabuckthorn contains so many biologically active substances that its development for medicinal and health products has great potential.

Studies also showed the total flavonoids – strong antioxidants – extracted from the leaves and fruit is actually a combination of seven types of flavonoids, the main two being quercetin and isorhamnetin.

Double-blind control tests in China showed that sea buckthorn extractions could remit angina and improve cardiovascular health.

Sea Buckthorn, Omega 7 & Dry Eyes

Palmitoleic acid (Omega 7) is a rare compound not commonly found in the plant kingdom. The berries, leaves and oil from sea buckthorn is rich in omega 7, along with other omega fatty acids.

A double-blind, placebo controlled study of 100 dry eye patients showed interesting results for tear film osmolarity over three months. While no changes were found in the fatty acid composition of the tear film, symptoms such as inflammation and general irritation improved.

The exact mechanism at play was undefined, however, with the impressive nutritional, anti-inflammatory and lipid profile of sea buckthorn, it may have well been related to a general improvement in health for all participants over the trial period.

This berry has as much vitamin E as wheat germ, three times more vitamin A than carrots, and four times more superoxide dismutase (SOD), an important enzyme that helps prevent free radical damage, than ginseng – Dr Mercola

What of Side Effects?

As a naturally occurring food supplement, the side effects of sea buckthorn supplements minimal.

Researchers found, through long term toxicity tests,  no negative effects in rats with a dosage of up to 18g /kg – nearly 20 times that of clinical doses.  As long as no denaturation occurred, the oil was seen to be non toxic and safe to use.

The Good Oils

The benefits of sea buckthorn as a food supplement and antioxidant certainly look very promising. If you’ve tried it before, feel free to comment below and tell me what you think.

References:
The Medicinal Research & Development of Sea Buckthorn.

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Oral Sea Buckthorn & Dry Eye Syndrome

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