I have recently come to appreciate the benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil, have you heard of it? No neither had I, nor had my mother. Why this uniquely cleaver little oil is not more widely acclaimed I’m not sure, so I delved a little deeper into it’s history and qualities. Here is what I discovered.
What is Sea Buckthorn oil?
Sea Buckthorn is found in Asia and Europe. It was used by Tibetan and Mongolians more than one thousand years ago as a medicinal ingredient. You can never underestimate those Tibetans can you? The interesting feature of the Sea Buckthorn berry is that it contains omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 – jackpot!! The omega 7 is the interesting one, palmitoleic acid, in which Sea Buckthorn is exceptionally rich. Palmitoleic acid is rerely found in plants so this is a rare quality possessed by Sea Buckthorn. As if that was not enough, sea buckthorn is also rich in natural antioxidants (tocopherols, tocotrienols, carotenoids) and plant sterols.
What are the benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil?
This may sound good so far, but why should we get excited about omega 7?
Omega 7 may help to maintain the natural lubrication of mucous membranes of the vaginal tract during the menopause. Its soothing action may help maintain natural lubrication of mucous membranes not only in the vaginal tract but also in the mouth, eyes and digestive tract. Like skin, mucus plays an important part in protecting the internal organs. Mucous membranes line much of our internal systems and mucous can be a route into our bodies for harmful substances and bacteria, so healthy and strong mucous membranes are important for general health. Sea Buckthorn oil is said to be good for mouth ulcers too though I have never tried it.
Why should we get excited about antioxidants and plant sterols?
The antioxidants in sea buckthorn oil help prevent free radical damage to cell membranes. Free radical damage is the damage to our systems by waste products in our bodies which are produced by oxidation, yes just breathing. Our breathing and general existence produces bi-products which “attack and age” our bodies. Anti-oxidants help to subdue the wear and tear we experience through this oxidation so they are a valuable nutrient to include in our diets.
What about the plant sterols found in Sea Buckthorn Oil, is that of any benefit? Yes, plant sterols are known to be of benefit to cholesterol management and our metabolism.
Where can I buy Sea Buckthorn Oil?
Pharma Nord Sea Buckthorn oil comes in both 60 vege caps and 150 vege caps sizes and is also present in the Higher Nature Essential Omegas mix of omegas 3,6,7,9 available in 30 caps, 90 caps and 180 caps.