- 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”, seabuckthorn, sandthorn, seaberry, “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 seabuckthorn may have to do with the fact that in Western Europe, it is largely confined to sea coasts where salt spray off the sea prevents other larger plants from out-competing it, but in central Asia it is more widespread in dry semi-desert sites where other plants cannot survive the dry conditions. In central Europe and Asia it also occurs as a subalpine shrub above tree line mountains, and other sunny areas such as river banks. They are tolerant of salt in the air and soil, but demand full sunlight for good growth and do not tolerate shady conditions near larger trees. They typically occur in dry, sandy areas and can thrive in such hard oil as arsenic sands where few other plants can even survive.
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, China where the plant is utilized for soil and water conservation purposes, including prevention of oil erosion, sand drift and holding of precious water.
While you read about the wonderfully wide variety of health nutrients it provides to humans, please be aware that it also has a strong ability of fixing nitrogen by its roots, for use of other inhabitants of Mother earth.
What is the difference between sea buckthorn berry oil and the sea buckthorn seed oil?
As research on seabuckthorn intensifies, more and more nutrients and health factors will be found. So far more that 200 of them have been identified and the composition ratio is very similar to our human body with near 1:1 ratio between Omega 3 and Omega 6. It is also reported that seabuckthorn contains all known vitamins beside fatty acids, carotenoids, phospholipids, minerals, both micro and macro. These 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 those with the highest percentages, and many others are not listed. This does not mean that they are not significant since some of them play very important role even when little is present. What is even more important is the synergetic effects of them all.
Which sea buckthorn product is the best for me?
While no adverse effect is found with seabuckthorn oils and rich literature exist of its effective use in many medical traditions, the detailed biological functions of its ingredients have not been fully explored and understood. We may expect many more uses it in the near future in the food and pharmaceutical industries. But from the above comparison between berry oil and seed oil, you may easily found what you need according to your professional health and nutrition advisors. There are many overlapping areas so far as the useful functions are concerned in which differences may be thin and insignificant such as in the case of cardiovascular, digestive, liver, lung and skin health, and for infection and inflammation response, and natural healing. This is exactly why we try to provide them in a way that can best serve your particular need with a series of products for you to take advantage of.
The berry oil is more characterized with high content of the rare Omega 7 and if you have a serious cell and membrane issues and peptic and duodenal concerns, you might like to go with the berry oil. If you want a powerful antioxidant and something for anti-radiation, regeneration of cells, you may choose the seed oil which has high content of Omega 3. But if you want something for daily health maintenance, or are in a sub-health condition, you might like to use our blend product, a formulation with both berry and seed oils providing a much wider spectrum of health benefiting factors.
Can my kids take sea buckthorn?
As it is said that no adverse effect of the oil has been found, we do not think why not. In China it is listed both as food and medicine. If you are in doubt or your kid is in certain conditions and taking medication, please consult your health professional.
Can I give sea buckthorn to my pets?
Yes, by all means!