4/9/2018 5 Comments
Recent animal studies have demonstrate remarkable beneficial benefits of Sea buckthorn oil made from the plants berries and seeds. Use of Sea Buckthorn is by no means new. It's medicinal use was noted in ancient Tibetan healing texts since the Tang Dynasty (617–907) and has been called “the Holy Fruit of the Himalayas.” Its use has been recorded in early Ayurvedic medicine.
Sea Buckthorn berries, together with the juices, jams, and oils made from them, have a range of beneficial antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer effects (1). Sea Buckthorne oil has been shown to stimulate the immune system, improve kidney and liver function (1). In cancer patients it kills cancer cell as well as slow their reproduction (1). Sea Buckthorne oil has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol. It protects the cardiovascular as well as the cerebrovascular systems (3, 4). The oil has also been shown to help reduce depression in mice under chronic stress (2,5).
When used topically, Sea Buckthorne oil is a great natural cleanser and exfoliater. It can also help heal burns, cuts, wounds, sunburn, rashes, and other types of skin damage. Sea-buckthorn oil improves blood circulation, facilitates oxygenation of the skin, removes excess toxins from the body and easily penetrates through the skin (2). Sea-buckthorn oil protects against infections, prevents allergies, eliminates inflammation and inhibits the aging process in skin (2).
Sea Buckthorne oil is an excellent source of two important unsaturated fatty acids palmitoleic acid (omega-7) and gamma-linolenic acid (omega-6) as well as vitamins A and E (2,3) and phytosterols, especially beta-sitosterol (1, 2, 3, 4).
The optimal dosage for Sea Buckthorn oil is to yet to be determined through human studies. A guideline is to look for a supplement made from both pulp and seed. Take enough to get about about 300-400 mg of palmitoleic (Omega 7) per day.
(1) "The Anticancer Activity of Sea Buckthorn" - Front Pharmacol. 2018 Mar 15
(2) "Abundance of active ingredients in Sea Buckthorn" - Lipids in Health and Disease 2017 May
(3) "The beneficial health aspects of sea buckthorn Research" - J Ethnopharmacol. 2018 Mar
(4) "Beneficial effects of β-sitosterol on type 1 cholecystokinin receptor dysfunction induced by elevated membrane cholesterol" - Clin Nutr. 2016 Dec
(5) "Anti-depressive effect of polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acid from pomegranate peel and flax seed in mice exposed to chronic mild stress." - Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2013 Nov
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Dr. Kelley LeBlanc is a holistic Chiropractor with a background in chemistry, nutrition and yoga.
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