Hippophae, ‘sea buckthorn’ was practically unheard of before it became a topic on the Dr. Oz show. When these ancient berries became known for its medicinal and cosmetic properties, sea buckthorn gained exposure nearly overnight.
Originating in Southeast Asia, these nature berries has numerous skin and health benefits. More than 90% or about 1,500,000 ha (5,800 sq mi) of the world’s natural sea-buckthorn habitat is found in China, Mongolia, Russia, northern Europe and Canada where the plant is used for soil, water and wildlife conservation and anti-desertification purposes and for consumer products.
These berries are quite tart, sort of like sour orange with hints of mango. Their ingredients are known for its ability to support a healthy weight, as well as improving cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health. With its antioxidant compounds, omega 3s, 6s, 9s and omega 7, holistic experts have known to address the buckthorn berry as the holy fruit. Here are the four major functions of these miracle berries:
1. The omegas in the juice of these berries help to strengthen the lining of the digestive tract and the colon which is beneficial for intestinal health.
2. They contain fatty acids which are conducive to heart health by controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.
3. According to a study, Sea Buckthorn berries signals the body to stop storing unnecessary fats, which may aid in weight loss.
4. Sea buckthorn is an “all in one” beauty treatment for skin, hair and nail health. They provide anti-sebum chemicals which help in reducing the swelling and redness which occurs with rosacea and acne. It’s filled with power packed omegas which help to tackle wrinkles and other signs of malnourished skin.
The seed and fruit oils of these berries nourish and protect the cells of the body, which strengthens the immune system to cancerous cells. The berry oil contains nearly all of the omega 7 content which is excellent for the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes. It’s also full of beta carotenoids which give this fruit that rich orange color. The seed oil has almost all of the omega 3 content and contains stronger antioxidants. Its nutritional profile is also more potent. Both the seed and oil are good for both internal and external use. It’s best to drink a juice blend in its rawest form so that the body can naturally absorb the nutrients.