Sea Buckthorn Uses/Research Summary

By Seabuck Staff , published Jul 11, 2012

Ancient Use of Sea Buckthorn

Before 12 century BC, legend has it that the ancient Greeks were some of the first to notice the health benefits of sea buckthorn. They noticed that some sick horses that were set free returned strong, energetic and with very shiny coats! The source of this magic was traced to the sea buckthorn berries that the horses ate in the wild. The subsequent latin name for the shrub became Hippophae rhamnoides L. Hippophae translates to "shiny horse".

Modern Understanding and Benefits 

Modern research has confirmed that the fatty acids found in sea buckthorn are great for cellular health- causing shiny hair and healthy skin. In fact, every year, researcher find more nutritive and pharmacological values of its bark, fruit, leaves and especially its oils. More than 190 nutrients and bioactive substances are found in sea buckthorn oil!

Plant Based Omega 3

Some of the most important nutrients in sea buckthorn include as linolenic acid-also known as plant based omega 3. Plant based omega 3 has many health benefits. Omega 3 is found in sea buckthorn seed oil specifically.


Liver Support

Cardiovascular Support

Skin Brightening

Immunity boost

Healthy inflammation response

Many More Phytonutrients

Turns out, pure sea buckthorn has many phytonutrients. Some of these include vitamins E, A, carotene, polyphenols and flavonoids. It even contains trace elements including iron, copper, manganese and selenium. This complex group of phytonutrients can support the immune system and many other health benefits. 

Antioxidant Properties

Sea buckthorn naturally contains a wide variety of antioxidants. It contains an enzyme called superoxide dismutase- which is important for fighting free radicals within the body. These antioxdants are also a great help in supporting the white blood cells and overall immune response in the body.

Gastrointestinal, Lung and Liver Health

The fatty acids and antioxidants in sea buckthorn make it great for supporting the digestive system. Our digestive system is also known as the alimentary system. Omega-7 in particular is great for supporting the cellular health of the delicate mucous membranes in the body. The mucous membranes in the mouth, stomach, intestines and duodenum are all supported by omega 7 and the other nutrients found in sea buckthorn.

Sea buckthorn can increase the metabolism of cholesterol in the body, which in turn can protect the liver from fatty liver, alcohol induced damage and damage induced by over the counter pain killers. Sea buckthorn oil is also known to help balance gastric acid and support the health of the kidney. 

In the past ten years, new studies have shown promise for sea buckthorn extracts to be beneficial for lung health and treating lung damage.

Cerebrovascular Health

Sea buckthorn oil actively reduces blood fat level, nurtures the blood vessels. Of the rich unsaturated fatty acids, oleic acid (Omega 9) reduces cholesterol; linoleic acid (Omega 6) regulates blood pressure and reduces serum cholesterol, linolenic acid (Omega 3) tends to maintain healthy blood pressure, dissolves accumulated fat and promote metabolism and regulate sugar level. Together they facilitate normal blood circulation. Sitosterol is one of the materials forming cell membrane and it stimulates metabolism. It combines cholesterol in foods and get rejected, and thus reducing serum cholesterol content. Vitamin E promotes metabolism, prevents oxidation of high-density (bad) cholesterol in the serum, thus inhibiting and reducing cholesterol settlement along the blood vessel wall. Phosphatides and triterpenoids inhibit cholesterol formation and help its removal. Sea buckthorn oil has tonic effects to cerebral cardiovascular systems. Total flavonoids increase blood flow of the coronary artery and supply nutrients to heart muscles, lower oxygen consumption, strengthen muscle contraction, thus improving the heart function and increasing anti-hypoxia ability of the system. Sitosterols soften the blood vessels, and increase their tenacity, improve its elasticity. Vitamins E and other antioxidants remove wastes including peroxides and ailing and dead cells from the blood, and avoid damages the wastes may do to the artery walls. 5-serotonin and betaine protect the cerebral cardiovascular functions by comprehensive regulation and coordination of the nervous, endocrine and the immune systems.


Skin Health

Free fatty acids, carbohydrates, phytosterol, phosphatide, vitamins E and A, carotenoids in sea buckthorn oil are organically combined together providing more protection and nutrition to the skin. The free fatty acids are easily absorbed by the skin, which it helps keep slightly acidic, and inhibits unhealthy microbes. Linoleic acid (Omega 6), palmitoleic acid (Omega 7) and linolenic acid (Omega 3) promote healing of tissue damage, and the hydrocarbon prevents excessive moisture loss of the skin, softens and lubricates the skin and keep it smooth and fair. Sitosterol improves microcirculation in the skin. Phosphatide forms a protective film to prevent moisture loss and keep invaders at bay, and acts both as a moisture regulator and an antioxidant against wrinkles. The miracle properties of stimulation to tissue regeneration and epithelial natural healing but without leaving scars, make sea buckthorn oil a most welcome remedy for burn, cuts, frostbites, bed sores, wounds, etc.


Your Sub-Health Condition

Sub-health condition is a state between health and disease when all necessary physical and chemical indexes are tested negative by medical equipments and things seem normal, but the person experiences all kind of discomfiture and even pain. This is a critical state of health in which our body systems are not well coordinated and balanced, some systems may break down soon and pathogens may invade and diseases may strike any time. The danger is we do not really know what is wrong and we neglect it. Sea buckthorn oil provides various nutrients and bio-active substances the body needs, such as unsaturated fatty acids, carotenoids, phytosterols, amino acids, vitamins and trace elements. They regulate and harmonize the endocrine, circulatory, autonomic nerve and digestive systems. This, with antioxidant and free radical resistant properties, may effectively restore health and help get rid of sub-health conditions.



Computer operators, cell phone users, medical personnel related to X-ray, electronic or nuclear workers, astronauts, pilots, stewards stewardesses, etc., may be subjected to radiation, and Vitamin E, carotenoids, flavonoids, unsaturated fatty acids, malic acid and selenium promote self reparation of tissues and cells. Sea buckthorn oil provides a rich and comprehensive supply of nutrients, improves blood circulation and removes stasis, and eliminates waste, promotes healthy tissue growth, improves gastrointestinal functions, restores liver and kidney functions, increases the self- repairing ability of the traumatized organs and cells, promotes the functions of the spleen and bone marrow and blood generation, and protects the heart, spleen, liver, kidney & lung against the damaging effects of radiation. The same way it also may improve life quality of patients by reducing the adverse effects of operation, chemotherapy and radiation.


Woman's Health

Sea buckthorn oil provides comprehensive nutrients and has multi-effects on the endocrine, circulation, nerves, immune and reproductive systems by regulating and coordinating them. It also has inhibiting properties against unhealthy microbes and both internal and external use are very effective for cervical, uterine and vaginal health, and is very helpful to facilitate midlife changes, to keep proper functions of the uterus and keep the vagina lubricated.

Children's Health

Children need comprehensive and well-balanced nutritional structure to grow strong and healthy. Sea buckthorn oil provides rich vitamins A, E, D, K, etc., trace elements including iron, zinc, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium and iodine which are easy to absorb without any hormones. The various immune regulating factors increase children's natural resistance without side effects. Therefore it is a smart choice to add sea buckthorn oil to the diet of children. They may concentrate and study better when they take sea buckthorn oil.



Cardiotonic, stomachic, dermatropic, antioxidant, anti-radiation, anti-constipation, defer aging, healthy cholesterol maintaining, blood vessel softening, blood fat reducing, blood pressure and sugar balancing, blood circulation promoting and pro-natural healing, Sea buckthorn oil has a wide range of uses both internal and external, it has a wide application in cerebral-cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary, gynecological, immunological and dermatological health.

CO2 supercritical fluid extracted in the most advanced facility, Balanceuticals brand Sea buckthorn oil is the best in quality. Of the14 fatty acids almost 90% are unsaturated and the two essential unsaturated fatty acids linolenic acid (Omega 3) and linoleic acid (Omega 6) are in almost perfect 1:1 ratio. Research says that the check and balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 is important in regulating thousands of metabolic functions through prostaglandine pathways, and nearly every biologic function is somehow interconnected with it. The rare palmitoleic acid (Omega 7) is very important for cell membrane, tissue regeneration and skin care. In all, sea buckthorn oil is a great herb store of natural remedies by itself, and if you decide to take just one supplement this is IT.



Written by Seabuck Staff

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