As with most herbs, the sea buckthorn has a variety of beneficial properties that are excellent healing aids. One study, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, explored the medicinal value of this herb, particularly its essential oil, and found that it has strong antioxidant properties that may protect the heart from cardiovascular disorders.
Despite its name, the sea buckthorn isn’t found under the sea. It is found in the Eurasian continent, from the Baltic and North seas in the west to Central Asia in the east. Study lead Dr. Beata Olas of the Department of General Biochemistry at the University of Lodz looked at in vivo and in vitro studies on human and animal models involving sea buckthorn oil extracted from its seeds and found evidence of its cardioprotective potential. In addition, the studies show that sea buckthorn oil may protect the liver against oxidative stress. (Related: Scientists Discover Sea Buckthorn Herb Protects Liver From Toxins.)
According to Dr. Olas’ study titled The beneficial health aspects of sea buckthorn (Elaeagnus rhamnoides (L.) A.Nelson) oil, various bioactive substances are present in all parts of the sea buckthorn. This means its oil, leaves, fruit, and bark all have medicinal properties. For instance, the study revealed that the oils have high concentrations of unsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols and vitamins A and E. These components may help improve the condition of those suffering from cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disorders. Moreover, the oil has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-depressive activity, which all help promote overall health. High levels of antioxidants and essential fatty acids are also known to prevent several forms of cancer.
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More health benefits of sea buckthorn
The oil of the sea buckthorn has been known to expel coughs and loosen phlegm, as well as for treating asthma, heart disorders including angina (chest pain) and lowering cholesterol. Sea buckthorn oil is also used for slowing age-related cognitive decline, limiting the toxicity of chemical cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, treating stomach and intestinal diseases including ulcers and acid reflux or heartburn.
Some people apply sea buckthorn berry or seed oil directly to the skin for preventing sunburn, treating radiation damage from x-rays and sunburns, healing wounds, burns, and cuts, clearing acne, dermatitis, dry skin, eczema, and other skin conditions.
In foods, sea buckthorn berries are used to make jellies, juices, purees, and sauces. The orange berries are known to contain high levels of carotene, which improves vision, boosts the immune system, prevents macular degeneration and improves cardiovascular health.
As an alternative medicine, the leaves and flowers of the sea buckthorn are used for treating arthritis, gastrointestinal ulcers, and gout. A tea brewed from sea buckthorn leaves is an excellent source of vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids, and minerals, improving blood pressure and lowering cholesterol, as well as preventing and controlling blood vessel diseases.
Compared with other fruits
So how does the sea buckthorn fare with other nutrient-filled fruits? The berries of the sea buckthorn are found to contain more beta-carotene than apricots, tomatoes, or pumpkin. In addition, the berries and seeds have very high vitamin C content that can rival that found in citrus fruits, as well as high levels of vitamin E, which is abundant in nuts such as almonds.
The sea buckthorn is another one of the numerous herbs that are loaded with nutrients and have amazing healing capabilities. Visit Herbs.news to know more.