Not everyone loves this unique and strong-tasting berry, but more and more conscious consumers are looking for its fruit for vitamin C.
The fruits of sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) have been used for thousands of years as natural remedies for various ailments. It is a small shrub that grows naturally high in the northwestern Himalayas. That is why he is called the holy fruit of the Himalayas. A popular drug in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, it can offer health benefits – from heart support to protection against diabetes, stomach ulcers and skin damage.
The benefits of sea buckthorn
Rich in many nutrients – it contains many different vitamins, minerals and useful plant compounds. They are full of antioxidants that help protect the body from aging and diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Its seeds and leaves are especially high in quercetin, a flavonoid associated with lower blood pressure and a lower risk of heart disease. Moreover, its berries contain potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus and contain folates, biotin and vitamins B1, B2, B6, C and E. Interestingly, sea buckthorn may also be the only plant food known to contain all four omega fatty acids – omega-3, omega-6, omega-7 and omega-9.
Beneficial for the heart – The antioxidants in it help reduce risk factors for heart disease such as blood clots, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.
Protects against diabetes – it can help improve insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity, both of which help protect against type 2 diabetes.
Protects your skin – Sea buckthorn oil can help your skin heal from wounds, sunburn, frostbite and bedsores. It can also promote elasticity and protect against drought.
Boosts your immune system – it contains many useful plant compounds, such as flavonoids and antioxidants, that can help your body fight infections.
Supports the liver – because it contains healthy fats, vitamin E and carotenoids, all of which can protect liver cells from damage and at the same time treat stomach ulcers.
Helps fight cancer cells – These protective effects are due to the flavonoids and antioxidants it contains, which help kill cancer cells.
May reduce menopausal symptoms – it can reduce vaginal dryness and be an effective alternative treatment for postmenopausal women who cannot take estrogen.
Dry eye can be treated – in one study, daily consumption of sea buckthorn was associated with a reduction in eye redness.
Depression can be reduced – studies show that this plant may have antidepressant effects.
Since this herbal product has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, it may be worth trying to give a new impetus to your body. If you don’t like freeze-dried sea buckthorn, you can also try very healthy and useful pomegranate pieces.
Did you know that freeze-drying preserves the good, natural taste, aroma, appearance and nutritional value of berries and fruits, including valuable vitamins and nutrients? Read more about freeze-drying here.