RESEARCH SUMMARY – Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides)
Even though the history of sea buckthorn and its great medicinal and nutritional value can be traced back many centuries in Europe and Asia, it has only recently come to the attention of North Americans. The plant was fed to horses in ancient Greece, where it was found to improve their health and impart a gloss to their coat. The latter property explains the Latin name of this unique plant: Hippophae Rhamnoides -- "shiny horse".
Traditionally used to stimulate digestion, sea buckthorn provides nutritional support for the circulatory system over longer use, due to the presence of sea buckthorn flavonoids. The berries have proven to be among the most nutritious fruits known.
Sea buckthorn is being increasingly used in making fruit juices, especially when mixed with other fruits, because of its reputed health benefits. The freshly pressed juice is used in the treatment of colds and exhaustion. Russian cosmonauts have used its oil for protection against radiation burns in space.
According to Russian and Chinese scientists, sea buckthorn contains 190 bio-active components. The oil is the best single source known to man for Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, unsaturated fatty acids, essential amino acids and flavonoids.
HIGH-QUALITY MEDICINAL OIL IS MADE FROM THE FRUIT OF SEA BUCKTHORN AND USED IN THE TREATMENT OF CARDIAC DISORDERS
Sea buckthorn is an excellent source of plant based polyunsaturated (essential) fatty acids for maintaining good health and, normal growth and development. It’s seed oil naturally provides a 1:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. Sea buckthorn contains more linolenic acid per equal serving size than any other oil. Sea buckthorn is also an excellent source of oleic acid, an essential fatty acid known to help reduce blood cholesterol levels.
These essential fatty acids are important in the prevention of heart disease, cancer and maintaining an overall healthy immune system.
CONSTITUENTS OF SEA BUCKTHORN
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Other vitamins
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids
- Omega-6 essential fatty acids
- Omega-9 essential fatty acids
- Trace minerals, 11 out of 14 essential trace minerals including calcium, iron, manganese, boron, calcium, silicon and others
- Amino acids (18 amino acids have been found in sea buckthorn fruit)
- Other bio-active compounds
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