Sea buckthorn is earning fame as a supplement for healthier, clearer, younger skin. But did you know it can also heal and strengthen many other parts of the body? These benefits of sea buckthorn go much deeper than the skin.
What Is Sea Buckthorn?
Sea buckthorn is a shrub that grows in coastal and mountainous areas of Europe and Asia. Its seeds and fruit contain over 190 nutrients (substances your body needs to survive) and phytonutrients (substances your body doesn’t need to survive but can improve your health). Sea buckthorn has major antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties and is the only known edible plant that contains every type of Omega fatty acid: 3, 6, 7, and 9.
Sea buckthorn oil comes in two kinds, depending on which part of the plant is used: fruit oil and seed oil. They share some similar nutritional properties and some differences. For example, fruit oil contains Omega-7.
According to study, people with dry eyes who take sea buckthorn oil supplements experience a decrease in symptoms within three months. This happens because sea buckthorn helps regulate hormone changes as people age, including some that cause dry eyes.
Sea buckthorn oil may inhibit hormones that influence the body to store excess glucose as fat. This can promote weight loss in people who are naturally more prone to storing fat.
Omega-7 palmitoleic acid found in sea buckthorn oil regulates hormones during menopause. This can help mucous membranes remain moist and relieve itching and dryness associated with menopause.
Sea buckthorn contains antioxidants like carotenoids that fight free radicals. This means sea buckthorn oil can boost your immune system and increase your resistance to infection.
Evidence suggests sea buckthorn may reduce blood cholesterol, decreasing the risk of heart attacks and hypertension.
Antioxidants in sea buckthorn may reduce the amount of harmful aflatoxins in the liver and regulate liver enzymes. Nutritionists are still learning how well sea buckthorn protects the liver. It is not recommended for people with some liver conditions, so talk to your doctor before trying it.
Palmitoleic acid soothes and strengthens mucosal tissue in the lining of the digestive tract. This eases several digestive ailments like heartburn, constipation, gastric ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and more.
Vitamin B12 found in sea buckthorn can lower your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. If you have Alzheimer’s, this supplement can slow your rate of cognitive decline, allowing you to stay active and independent longer.
If you want to revitalize your immune and digestive systems (and have great skin, too!), try sea buckthorn oil.