In spite of it’s name, sea buckthorn oil does not come from some strange sea creature, but from a bush found high in the Himalayas.
While extracting the natural oils from nutrient rich plants is a fairly new process, Tibetans have been enjoying the medical and health benefits of sea buckthorn for centuries, generally through teas and compresses made of dried berries and leaves.
In addition to healthy bioflavonoids, sea buckthorn oil is also nutrient rich and contains almost 200 active ingredients, including Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, E and K and the rather hard-to-come-by Omega-7 essential fatty acid.
You may be familiar with the Omega 3, 6 and 9 EFA’s found in fish oil, but sea buckthorn is the only plant known to contain Omega 3, 6, 9 and 7. Here are 10 reasons why using sea buckthorn oil will improve your life.
1. A sea buckthorn berry a day keeps the cancer away
The liver is the largest internal organ in the body and one of its key functions is to filter out toxins. A specific group of toxins known as aflatoxins are created by a fungi found in a number of crops consumed in vast amounts in the US, such as corn and peanuts.
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These aflatoxins have been strongly linked to liver cancer and the eradication of aflatoxins can go a long way towards the prevention of liver cancer.
According to a study published in Poultry Science, chickens given sea buckthorn oil showed a significant reduction in the concentration of aflatoxins found in their livers, as well as a reduction in the adverse affects of the aflatoxins.
2. Builds strong, healthy gums to accent your dazzling white smile
As early as 1939, medical and dental experts began to notice the negatives effects the nutrient-poor diet of most Westerners was having on dental hygiene.
According to Gerald P. Curatola,D.D.S, a guest blogger for the Dr. Oz Show website, the overwhelmingly high nutritional content of the sea buckthorn berry makes it an invaluable component of good oral health, promoting healthy teeth and gums.
3. Gives skin a healthy, youthful glow
While it may not be a “miracle” cure, there is ample evidence that sea buckthorn oil can solve a wide variety of skin problems ranging from treating burns, healing wounds and preventing acne, sunburn, dermatitis, eczema and even stretch marks.
It has also been shown to be useful in slowing the effects of aging. While a Berkely Wellness article was skeptical of some of the more outrageous claims made about sea buckthorn oil, it did state that “lab studies have shown that has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-clotting effects.
There’s some evidence it can promote skin healing, boost immunity, improve cholesterol, and inhibit colon and liver cancer cells–at least in mice and test tubes.”
4. Get a handle on ulcers and acid reflux
Ulcers and instances of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (more commonly referred to as acid reflux) are on the rise and over-the-counter medications are flying off the shelves. While OTC medications may help reduce or manage the symptoms of ulcers and acid reflux, they don’t actually heal or cure the underlying problem.
The Omega-7’s in sea buckthorn oil, however, have been shown to actually heal the mucous membranes in the esophagus, stomach, and intestine. This not only help alleviate the symptoms of ulcers and serves to both heal existing conditions and prevent against future conditions.
5. Keeps your ticker in tip-top condition
Sea buckthorn oil has been shown to increase good cholesterol while simultaneously reducing the harmful effects of bad cholesterol as well as inhibiting the inflammation that is often associated with cardiovascular diseases.
A daily dose of sea buckthorn oil can potentially prevent a number of cardiovascular diseases, including atherosclerosis, hypertension and even heart attacks. (6)
6. Sends the cold and flu packing
High doses of vitamin C have long been a basic weapon in the battle against colds and the flu, generally through massive consumption of orange juice or vitamin supplements.
According to the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, however, the amount of vitamin C found in the sea buckthorn berry is 40 times higher than of that found in oranges.
7. Defends against diabetes
A 2010 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consumption of sea buckthorn berries helped to normalize blood sugar levels and keep them from spiking, which is the constant struggle of diabetes sufferers.
Not only can sea buckthorn oil help those that already struggle with diabetes, but it can help those who are prone to developing adult onset diabetes due to genetic factors.
8. Gives your immune system an NBA-sized boost
It is no secret that antioxidants are one of the best weapons in the fight against infections caused by numerous airborne bacteria, viruses or even parasites, not to mention more serious diseases like cancer.
A study conducted by the Department of Drug Technology and Pharmaceutical Management at Kaunas University of Medicine in Lithuania showed that the pure extracted oil of the sea buckthorn plant contained more than double the free radical fighting carotenoids than other oils.
That makes the proven antioxidant power of sea buckthorn oil is higher than the air Michael Jordan catches.
9. Provides soothing relief for dry, itchy eyes
Contact lens wearers in particular are generally intimately familiar with the painful irritation caused by dry eyes. According to Dr. Tori Hudson, N.D., in a 3 month study of 100 men and women that struggled with dry eyes found that twice daily doses of sea buckthorn oil significantly reduced the redness and burning sensation associated with dry eyes.
Researchers believe that the essential fatty acids found in sea buckthorn oil help maintain the thin film that coats the eye and helps to prevent critical moisture loss.
10. Relieves rosacea
Rosacea is an inflammatory condition that can cause severe facial redness. In some cases, the redness can be so severe that it can’t even be adequately covered with makeup.
Both the high Vitamin-C content and the anti-inflammatory properties of sea buckthorn berries make sea buckthorn oil a soothing remedy for this painful condition.
Will You Give Buckhorn Oil A Try Today?
Regardless of whether you are just looking for a way of getting more vital nutrients in your diet or whether you have more serious issues like diabetes or heart disease, sea buckthorn oil is showing significant promise as being almost a “miracle cure” for a wide variety of ailments.
Of course, as with all oils, it is hugely important to purchase products that have been farmed and processed responsibly and distributed within a very short window. When it comes to any kind of botanical oils, the active properties in the oils begin to break down soon after harvesting, so the fresher they are and the more carefully they have been processed, the more active ingredients they will contain.
Here is a great video about not only the benefits of sea buckthorn, but why it is so important that it be both harvested and processed properly. Pick up a bottle of sea buckthorn oil today and experience the many health benefits this ancient, power-packed plant has to offer.