Sea Buckthorn - (not buckthorn) What's in a Name!
Hippophae rhamnoides, (also known as sea buckthorn, seabuckthorn, sandthorn and seaberry) is a deciduous shrub containing over 190 bioactive substances. It is recognized as one of nature’s most powerfully nutritious and healing potential plants offering one of the widest ranges of nutrients from a single source found on the globe, including Antioxidants, Vitamins, Minerals, Polyphenols, Omega Fatty Acids, Carotenoids, and Phytosterols. Sea Buckthorn fruit, seeds and leaves all have components that assist with cell regeneration, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.
Fruit yield will show in year 4 to 5 with a maximum showing around year 8. Every part of the plant can be used including the juice, fruit pulp (powder) seeds, leaves, bark and oils from the seeds and pulp.
Name that Berry
The name sea-buckthorn may be hyphenated to avoid confusion with the buckthorns (Rhamnus, family Rhamnaceae). SEA BUCKTHORN is also referred to as sandthorn, sallowthorn, or seaberry
Also known as: Ananas de Sibérie, Argasse, Argousier, Argousier Faux-Nerprun, Bourdaine Marine, Buckthorn, Chharma, Dhar-Bu, Épine Luisante, Épine Marrante, Espino Armarillo, Espino Falso, Faux Nerprun, Finbar, Grisset, Meerdorn, Oblepikha, Olivier de Sibérie, Purging Thorn, Rokitnik, Sallow Thorn, Sanddorn, Saule Épineux, Sceitbezien, Sea-Buckthorn, Seedorn.
Amount of Sea Buckthorn
Unique features: its combination of high environmental value with nutritional and medical applications -substantial interest internationally from researchers & medical practitioners. 190 bio-active ingredients.
No match in the plant kingdom: their content of carotenoids (pro-vitamin A), tocopherols (vitamin E), phylloquinone (vitamin K), as well as other vitally important healing and health-promoting vitamins, fatty acids, and micro-elements. Omega 7 plus 3-6-9
Aside from erosion control, the plant is primarily valued for its golden-orange fruits, which provide vitamin C, vitamin E, and other nutrients, flavonoids, oils rich in essential fatty acids, and other healthful components. The leaves contain triterpenes and are used for making a delicious tea.
The flavonoids of sea buckthorn (mainly from fruit pulp; also in the leaves) and the oils of sea buckthorn (primarily in the seeds, but also in the fleshy part of the fruit) are the two items specially extracted for medicinal use.
A flavonoid extract product is commonly produced that contains 80% flavonoids, with 20% of residual oils, vitamin C, and other components. The flavonoid extract is combined with an oil extract; for example, a flavonoid-oil capsule to be used to assist with treating cardiovascular disease.
The more sea buckthorn the better results.
The big manufacturers are splashing some sea buckthorn into their current lotion formulations to catch some of the action. These products are not specialized, nor are they idealized, to give the best benefits.
The sea buckthorn specialty manufacturers have a lot more experience with sea buckthorn for the skin and know the oil. Even they vary in the amount of sea buckthorn provided. Check the labels, read the company websites, and get a feel for their formulation. If they aren’t striving to jam as much sea buckthorn in there as possible, move on.
The results are in the sea buckthorn.
As always, check with your doctor before adding Sea Buckthorn to your health toolkit.
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How it Works
Sea buckthorn has been shown to have a potent antioxidant activity, mainly attributed to its flavonoids and vitamin C content. Both the flavonoids and the oils from sea buckthorn have several potential applications. There are five areas of research that have been focal points for their use: as an aid to patients undergoing cancer therapy; a long-term therapy for reduction of cardiovascular risk factors; treatment of gastrointestinal ulcers; internal and topical therapy for a variety of skin disorders; and as a liver protective agent (for chemical toxins) and a remedy for liver cirrhosis.
Vitamins and Minerals
Sea Buckthorn top end average 2500 mg/100 ml.
Orange juice 35-56 mg/100 ml.
Vitamin E 162-540 mg/100 ml
Vitamin A IU (International Units) 3756.00/100 ml
Vitamin A RE (Retinol) 376.00/100 ml
Other vitamins B1, B2, B5, D, P, K
Minerals K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn, Cr, Se
Omega Fatty Acids
Sea buckthorn is a natural source of Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 7 and Omega 9.
Omega 7 – (Palmitoleic acid) is a very rare constituent found in Sea buckthorn fruit. Omega 7 is a component of human skin. Topical application of seed and fruit oils on burned, scalded, wounded or radioactively damaged skin of both humans and animals has shown healing and anti-inflammatory effects.
Phytosterols and Polyphenols
Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Alpha-Carotene, Trans-Beta Carotene Cis-Beta Carotene, Lycopene
Carotenoids of Sea buckthorn are powerful antioxidants that can prevent cellular damage by neutralizing free radicals.
Sea Buckthorn carotenoids have strong antioxidant activity that protects red blood cells (erythrocyte membranes) against peroxidation and cell aging.
Phytosterols and Polyphenols are plant sterols that occur naturally in Sea Buckthorn. Studies have shown that plant sterols mimic cholesterol in the small intestine and partly block cholesterol absorption. Therefore, regular consumption of foods containing plant sterols results in the lowering of LDL-cholesterol levels, while having no detrimental effect on HDL-cholesterol levels (often referred to as good cholesterol). This would benefit those who want to lower their blood cholesterol levels, i.e., especially those who have moderate to high blood cholesterol.
Phenois are effective against oxidation, tumorigenesis (formation or production of tumours) and radiation. Check with your Dr. before adding Sea Buckthorn to your health toolkit.
Source: Li, T. S. C. and Beveridge, T. H. J. 2003. Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.): Production and Utilization. NRC Research/Solberry.ca