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Sea Buckthorn Berry - Anti Aging, Healing, Vitamin Super Berry


Hippophae rhamnoides - Sea Buckthorn Berry - Grows mainly in China, Russia, Scandinavia and Northern-Europe


It has been used for centuries in Europe and Asia. Recently, it has attracted considerable attention from researchers around the world, including North America, mainly for its nutritional and medicinal value.


Sea-Buckthorn berries are multi purposed, edible and nutritious, though acidic and astringent to eat raw, it can be frosted to reduce the astringency and/or mixed as a juice with sweeter substances such as apple or grape juice.


When the berries are pressed, the resulting Sea Buckthorn juice separates into three layers: on top is a thick, orange cream; in the middle, a layer containing sea-buckthorn’s characteristic high content of saturated and polyunsaturated fats; and the bottom layer is sediment and juice. Containing fat sources applicable for cosmetic purposes, the upper two layers can be processed for skin creams and liniments, whereas the bottom layer can be used for edible products like syrup.


Bio-active substances in the oil from the seed and pulp are used in a variety of dermatological applications, among them anti-aging face creams and lotions and in sun care products. Buckthorn extracts can actually improve metabolism and retard skin maturation, thus slowing the aging process, it promotes cell tissue regeneration, thus aiding in the healing of wounds, and restoring skin tissue. mostly because of the effects of its high levels of Vitamins A and E.


Sea Buckthorn oil is said to have proven effective in the treatment of skin conditions including burns, skin ulcers, cancer, acne and dermatitis of various forms.
It’s oil has been used by cosmonauts for protection against radiation burns in space.


Current research indicates that not only does it enhance immune activity and disease resistance, but it also destroys harmful free radicals found in our bodies


Nutrients and potential health effects:


The fruits are rich in carbohydrates, protein, organic acids, amino acids and vitamins.


1. The concentration of vitamin C in buckthorn fruit, ranged from 100-300 mg/100 g fruit, is higher than strawberry, kiwi, orange, tomato, carrot, and hawthorn
(Bernath and Foldesi 1992; Lu 1992). an average content (695 mg per 100 grams) about 12 times greater than the 50 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams found in orange placing sea-buckthorn fruit among the most enriched plant sources of vitamin C


2. Sea Buckthorn is also high in protein, especially globulins and albumins, and fatty acids such as linoleic and linolenic acids.


3. Vitamin E content in buckthorn (202.9 mg/100 g fruit) is higher than wheat embryo, safflower, maize, and soybean.


Medicinal uses of sea buckthorn are well documented in Asia and Europe.


The most important pharmacological functions attributed to sea buckthorn oil are:


1.Anti-inflammatory
2. Antimicrobial
3.Pain relief, and promoting regeneration of tissues.
Sea buckthorn oil is also touted as a treatment for:
1.Oral mucositis
2. Rectum mucositis
3. Vaginal mucositis
4. Cervical erosion
5. Radiation damage, burns, scalds
6. Skin ulcers caused by malnutrition, and other skin damage.


More than ten different drugs have been developed from Buckthorn in Asia and Europe and are available in different forms, such as liquids, powders, plasters, films, pastes, pills, liniments, suppositories, and aerosols.


In Europe and Asia, there are numerous products made from Buckthorn, such as tea from leaves, beverages and jam from fruits, fermented products from pulp


References:


Health plants (Michael Castelman)
Nat?rlich Gesund mit Sanddorn ( Weber, K?llemberg )