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Frequently Asked Questions About Sea Buckthorn Supplements
What is Sea Buckthorn?
Sea buckthorn, or Hippophae rhamnoides, is native to the Himalayan Mountains, northwestern Europe, and northern China. The name Hippophae means a shiny horse in Greek. It is said that Alexandar the Great fed his horses this berry. The horses were reported to have increased stamina and shiny hair and coats. Genghis Khan was also thought to have fed this superfood to his horses before going to war.
It is a thorny deciduous shrub that grows well in poor soils including sand and gravel. It is a hardy plant and can survive harsh conditions. This need to survive harsh conditions is what enables the plant to retain and store so many nutrients. The sea buckthorn berries are shiny, bright orange, round fruits. They are used in an array of applications from juice to face cream.
Sea buckthorn is often referred to as a super-fruit, functional food or superfood. It is rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. It contains over 190 phytonutrients and has the most powerful antioxidant known, superoxide dismutase. Some of the phytonutrients are lycopene, flavonoids, and phytosterols. They contain virtually every mineral and vitamin that the body needs. The berries are especially rich in vitamin C. They are also high in carotenoids, vitamins E and K, and vitamins B1 and B12. Sea buckthorn is also prized for its fatty acid content, especially omega-7.
This superfood has been used since ancient times in India and Asia to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and detoxify the body. Studies show it promotes heart health and digestive health. It is an emollient and is used for mucous membrane support and skin health.
Topically it is used in creams and oil to protect the skin and promote healing. It has also been shown to boost collagen production and increase cell turn-over rate. The high antioxidant content protects the body against free radicals.
How Do I Take Sea Buckthorn?
Sea buckthorn as a supplement is usually taken as juice or capsules. The oil, particularly high in omega-7, is often taken by those wanting to protect mucous membranes and promote skin health. Concentrations may vary among brands. The amount of sea buckthorn needed will depend on each unique situation and the desired goal or result.
The juice is very tart due to the vitamin C and antioxidant content. Most commercial juices are mixed with sweeter juices to balance out the taste. For this reason, many choose to take this supplement in capsule form.
Always follow the instructions on the label, but most brands recommend one to two capsules per day. In some cultures, the fruits are eaten plain or used to make jam.
How Do I Pick a Good Sea Buckthorn Product?
When looking for a good sea buckthorn supplement, choose one with fewer fillers or additives. Also, pay attention to the levels of omega-7. A good quality sea buckthorn berry contains at least 30 percent omega-7. Most of the vital nutrients are found in the berry and not the seed. The seed oil does offer some benefits, but choose an oil with more berry oil or juice content.
If possible, choose an organic or wild-harvested sea buckthorn supplement. These berries are often grown in their natural habitat and offer the highest potency. The terrain on which sea buckthorn grows is one of the reasons it offers such amazing health benefits.
Price is also a consideration when purchasing any supplement. There are products available at a wide array of prices. It is important to buy a good quality product to ensure efficacy. You don’t have to buy the most expensive product on the market to get a good sea buckthorn supplement, but you do have to do some research to ensure you are getting what you pay for.