Have you ever heard of the Sea Buckthorn berry?
If you haven’t, you should get familiar with it right away! It holds a special place in my heart as my dad grows the shrubs on his acreage so he can enjoy the benefits of these awesome little berries all year long. It's a real pain (literally) to pick off the fruit due to the massive thorns, but the benefits are incredible. And you can pick them all year as the plant can stand up to -40 degrees Celsius of cold. Even Dr. Oz has praised this super berry! So what makes it so special?
Vitamin C content
The sea buckthorn berry (Hippophae L.) is not a very big berry, even smaller than a blueberry. But within this tiny berry is about 400 mg of vitamin c. That’s 10 times the amount you get from eating an entire orange! It is a bit sour but a little does go a long way. Just put a few in your smoothies and you will be feeling the benefits! This isn’t the only vitamin it carries. It also contains a large amount of Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Beta Carotene, Lycopene and omega’s 3,6,7 and 9. Omega-7 is fairly rare to find in large enough quantities to help the body and it is a very important fatty acid to include in our lives, especially with the growing waistlines of North America (more on that below).
Vitamin A and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Carrots contain Vitamin A, but the Sea Buckthorn berry has roughly three times the Vitamin A that a carrot does (and packed in a pretty tiny berry). Taken internally, the sea buckthorn benefits can be huge. This berry helps with digestion, which will in turn help with your overall skin health. So, for all those acne sufferers, this would be a good addition to your diet!
Or if thinning hair is your concern, the Vitamin A, Omega-3 fatty acid and immense Vitamin C found in the sea buckthorn berry are great for your scalp health and also improve circulation (thus improving hair growth but also general skin appearance).
And if your nails are suffering, ingesting sea buckthorn berries or oil can help with that
too since the same vitamins and fatty acids that help your hair will help your nails.
Omega-7 – The Rare Omega
The Omega-7 fatty acid found in the Sea Buckthorn berry can help with weight management as Omega-7 can help burn fat. Omega-7 can be found in Fish oil as well, but fish oil can be heavily processed and may not contain all the other Omega’s that a Sea buckthorn berry would. Plus it is Vegan friendly J. Omega-7, as mentioned before, will help with digestion, which can also improve your bodies ability to process food and waste (hello skinny jeans). Once your digestion is back on track and operating property, your skin (and attitude) will improve.
The juice and oils of the Sea Buckthorn berry were used on Chernobyl burn victims because of its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The Omega-7 found in the Sea Buckthorn berry is a topical agent for treating skin cuts or blemishes. These
properties help the human skin regenerate and also provide some effective pain relief. When placed on skin, Sea Buckthorn oil can also protect the skin from the damaging rays of the sun and pollution. FitGlow Beauty is so smart, they included it in the Vita-
Active Foundation as the Sea Buckthorn will provide extra protection from the sun, it will also help prevent wrinkles!
SheaTerra Organics also includes the Sea Buckthorn berry in their Rose Hips & Carrots Face Cream and their Rose Hips Rose Regeneration Face Cream due to it's skin loving properties! It gives these already awesome face creams an extra boost of goodness.
So, there you have it. A miniature miracle berry! Start looking for Hippophae L. or Sea Buckthorn in your product ingredients!
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