- What is sea buckthorn?
- What is the difference between sea buckthorn berry oil and the sea buckthorn seed oil?
- Which sea buckthorn product is the best for me?
- Can my kids take sea buckthorn?
- Can I give sea buckthorn to my pets?
What is sea buckthorn?
The seabuckthorns (Hippophae L.) are deciduous shrubs in the genus Hippophae, family Elaeagnaceae. It is also referred to as sea buckthorn, sand thorn, sea berry, sacred fruit, or liquid gold when referring to its oil and juice .
It is by far the most widespread of the species in the genus, with a range extending from the Atlantic coasts of Europe right across to northwestern China. The English name of sea buckthorn may have to do with the fact that in Western Europe, it is largely confined to sea coasts. In central Asia, it is found in desert areas where other plants cannot survive the dry conditions. In central Europe and Asia it also occurs as a sub-alpine shrub above tree lines in mountainous regions. Sea buckthorn is tolerant of the harshest of conditions.
More than 90 percent or about 1.5 million hectares of the world’s sea buckthorn wild forest or plantations can be found in Tibet. There, the plant is utilized for soil and water conservation purposes, including prevention of oil erosion, sand drift and holding of precious water. Sea buckthorn is also considered a beneficial crop and improves soil quality by a process called nitrogen-fixing.
What is the difference between sea buckthorn berry oil and the sea buckthorn seed oil?
Sea buckthorn has been and continues to be studied by the scientific community to find out more about its fascinating chemical composition and its medicinal qualities. It has been shown in several studies that the ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 is nearly 1:1, the perfect balance for a healthy body. Sea buckthorn contains a full spectrum of fatty acids, carotenoids, phospholipids and minerals. These qualities are distributed in its seed, fruits, leaves and flowers in different proportions and quantity.
Here is a summary comparison of the average ingredients between fruit oil and seed oil:
|Ingredient||Percentage by weight||Activities|
|Vitamin E||Seed Oil||298-373 iu/100g||Antioxidant, etc|
|Berry Oil||234-313 iu/100g|
|Vitamin A||Seed Oil||2755-4400 iu/100g||Vision, etc|
|Berry Oil||2755-5511 iu/100g|
|Vitamin D||Seed Oil||2mg/100g||For calcium and phosphor absorption and storage, etc|
|Vitamins K||Seed Oil||150mg/100g||Anti-bleeding|
|Phospolipid||Seed Oil||0.5%||Maintaining metabolism|
|Carotenoid||Seed Oil||40-55mg/100g||Delay the aging process|
|Β-sitosterol-β-D-glucosides||Seed Oil||31mg/100g||Peptic and duotenal ulcer, etc.|
|Palmitic Acid||Seed Oil||10%||Important fatty acid in both human & animals|
|Palmitoleic Acid (Omega 7)||Seed Oil||Important ingredient for healthy skin and cell membrane|
|Stearic Acid||Seed Oil||1%||Important fatty acid in both human & animals|
|Oleic Acid (Omega 9)||Seed Oil||20-25%||Unsaturated fatty acid important for both humans & animals|
|Linoleic Acid (Omega 6)||Seed Oil||29-38%||Polyunsaturated fatty acid essential for both humans and animals,|
|Linolenic Acid (Omega 3)||Seed Oil||25-30%||Polyunsaturated fatty acid important but often lacking in both humans and animals|
The above list shows only the vitamins and minerals with the highest percentages. Sea buckthorn is made of a complex tapestry of phyto-nutrients and vitamins, some in amounts too small to be listed above. All of these components, even the ones that exist in small amounts, work together to enhance the benefits of the supplement.
Which sea buckthorn product is the best for me?
The berry oil is high in Omega-7, which can help moisturize cell membranes, has anti-inflammatory properties and can have a positive effect on blood insulin levels. This additional cellular moisture can help people with different dry-eye syndromes, vaginal dryness and dry skin conditions. It can even assist in re-hydrating the digestive tract and internal organs. It’s great for skin and nails as well. The seed oil is high in Omega-3 and is a great replacement for fish-oil based Omega-3 products. Omega-3 can help maintain healthy blood pressure levels, can reduce inflammation and is known for it’s heart and brain health supporting functions. Both oils are so high in other vitamins and nutrients that they can be treated almost as a multi-vitamin. Our best selling product is our Omega-7 blend capsule which combines both oils for maximum benefits.
Can my kids take sea buckthorn?
We have many customers who do give their children sea buckthorn supplements. Our oils work are especially well for cuts, scrapes and burns. It is always wise to medication consult your health professional before giving any supplement to children.
Can I give sea buckthorn to my pets?
Yes, sea buckthorn has been used as a remedy for pets for centuries.