Seabuckthorn Health Benefits
Seabuckthorn has hundreds of potential benefits it provides, both nutritionally and medicinally, whether taken internally, in the form of a juice, tea or supplement, or applied topically to the skin in oil, lotion or cream form. It has the ability to both heal and prevent a wide array of illnesses and conditions.
- Acne: The anti-inflammatory agents such as quercetin and salycins, together with the immune boosting fatty acids work in harmony to help address the main culprits of acne: immune system, hormone imbalances and chronic inflammation.
- Anti-aging: Rich in vitamin A and vitamin E, it helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and retard premature skin maturation.
- Chemotherapy: The flavonoids helps cancer patients recover more rapidly from the effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatment.
- Cardiovascular benefits: Rich in unsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3, omega-6, omega-7 and omega-9 oils can significantly help improve heart health and drastically reduce a person's risk for heart attacks and strokes.
- Cell repair and rejuvenation: Aid significantly in the repair and rejuvenation of the body's cellular structure.
- Cerebral health: The fatty acids, flavonoids and carotonoids help reduce the risk of stroke and promote overall brain health and memory.
- Cholesterol control: The flavonoids and essential fatty acids help to increase the good cholesterol (HDL) in blood and reduce risk of conditions such as coronary heart disease and stroke. Also, phytosterols reduce the amount of cholesterol that take in during meals.
- Fatigue: Rich in many important vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin E, and can help reduce some of the more common symptoms of fatigue such as low energy and muscle tension. It helps promote a more restful night sleep.
- Gastrointestinal health: The seed oil is an effective treatment for gastric ulcers as it normalizes the output of gastric acid and helps to reduce inflammation in the stomach and other gastrointestinal organs.
- Hair: The oils and fatty acids can improve overall hair health and lends itself to a healthy and natural-looking shine. It may help a reduction in the onset of premature hair loss.
- Hypertension or high blood pressure: Extracts from all parts of sea buckthorn bark, juice, leaves and oil can be effective in treating high blood pressure. Its essential fatty acids help to lower blood pressure, and some research suggests that increasing flavonoids (which are abundant in sea buckthorn) intake also benefits hypertension.
- Immune system: Rich in vitamin C which can help boost the immune system and helps to fight off disease.
- Liver: Help normalize liver enzymes and immune system markers in those with inflammation or cirrhosis of the liver, and may help prevent the harmful effects of many substances high in toxicity.
- Menopause: A natural lubricant and helps to relieve vaginal dryness that may occur during menopause.
- Skin diseases: Ability to treat conditions such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, skin lesions and rosacea. Its skin-healing abilities are due to its high essential fatty acid, flavonoids, protein, and vitamin content.
- Sun Block: Naturally absorbs the sun's harmful UV rays which can cause skin damage and may lead to skin cancer.
- Triglycerides: Helps to lower these blood fats that can also contribute to heart disease and stroke.
- Ulcers: This fruit improves the health of mucous membranes in the gastrointestinal tract. The seed and pulp oils can prevent and cure gastric ulcers.
- Wound and burn healing and skin rejuvenation: Palmitoleic acid, which is just one of the fatty acids is a naturally occurring substance in the skin. Seabuckthorn has proved very effective in the treatment of wounds, burns dermatitis and even cancers of the skin.
These are just a few of the many nutritional and healing benefits of seabuckthorn, and as research continues on this apparent wonder fruit even more benefits are apt to surface.