Sea buckthorn is packed with many varieties of nourishing and nurturing elements. It’s not surprising that it is one of the fastest growing ingredients in the natural supplement world. It’s an exotic super fruit with an interesting history. The plant itself is ancient and has remained unchanged for more than 2 billion years. It’s a resilient shrub or small tree that grows high in mountain ranges and on salty shorelines (which accounts for the Sea part of the name). It survives in extreme temperatures and has long, protective thorns that grow out of the branches. In order to survive, the plant evolved a diversified chemical portfolio. The result of this tenacity is the one of the most nutritionally robust fruits, leaves and even bark of any plant on earth.
Hippophae Rhamnoides L
Though there are 7 different species of SBT, Hippophae Rhamnoides L. is the most prolific and widely used across the world. The word Hippophae has been derived from a Latin word ‘Hippo’ meaning horse and ‘Phaos’ which means ‘shine’. It has been fed to horses for centuries for health and luminosity of coat. The different parts of the plant also have been used by many cultures in Eurasia as food and medicine for centuries.
Sea buckthorn has a high amount of Omega Fatty Acids, including 3,6,7 and 9. Some of the phytonutrients in SBT are tocopherols, carotenoids, vitamins K, C and a few different forms of B. There are also physterols coumarins, triterpenes and zinc. You don’t need to be a chemist to see how amazingly packed with nutrition sea buckthorn is.
In addition to being a wonderful and natural beauty remedy, SBT is known for its overall support of human health. This wonderful natural remedy is perfect for everyday use and is a veritable multivitamin. Below are just some of the benefits that SBT has to offer:
- Collagen and Cell Support
- Healthy inflammation response
- Moisture Support
 Medicinal and therapeutic potential of Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) Journal of Ethnopharmacology 138 (2011) 268–278. Geetha Suryakumar, Asheesh Gupta