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Sea Buckthorn: Ancient Healer and Modern Superfood

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Sea Buckthorn: Ancient Healer and Modern Superfood

An ancient Tibetan healing secret is finally being discovered in the West.  For thousands of years Tibetans used a fruit that grows wild in the Himalayan Mountains as food and medicine to treat many serious health conditions ranging from breathing disorders to skin problems.  Now science is proving that sea buckthorn is potent natural medicine.

Like many superfoods, sea buckthorn contains numerous powerful antioxidants that help the body deal with free radical damage (now linked to almost every illness and aging).  But sea buckthorn doesn’t stop there, it is also an excellent source of important Omega 7s.  That’s not a typo.  You may have heard of Omega 3s, 6s, and 9s, but 7s are also important.  And sea buckthorn is one of the best sources of this critical essential fat.

Nutrient Powerhouse

Sea buckthorn also contains over 190 nutrients and phytonutrients, making it an extreme superfood.  It has plentiful amounts of flavonoids—phytonutrients found in research to prevent cancer cells from multiplying while reducing pain and inflammation, and contributing to weight loss in overweight individuals.  The superfruit also contains plentiful amounts of the important healing enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD)—actually, four times more than ginseng, another good source of SOD.

Breathing Conditions and Heart Disease

Asthma, chronic coughs, other breathing disorders, and skin conditions are a few of the traditional uses for sea buckthorn, but it has also been shown to improve the health of eyes, mouth, and mucous membranes.  Other research shows it dramatically reduces harmful cholesterol levels and C-reactive protein, which is known to inflame and damage cells and be linked to illnesses like heart disease.

GI Healing

Its anti-ulcer compounds combined with its natural anti-inflammatories make sea buckthorn an excellent choice for gastrointestinal complaints.  The oil appears to provide a protective and healing coating to the stomach and gastrointestinal (GI) tract, reducing the effects of harmful microbes like E-coli.

Skin Regenerator

When it comes to skin conditions, it has been shown effective in a wide variety of ailments, including:  acne, burns, dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, stretch marks, and wounds.  Many of its 190 nutrients are likely at work in these conditions but its high amounts of Omega 7s cause skin cell regeneration, minimizing wrinkling and the appearance of aging skin.  Based on research published in the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications scientists concluded that sea buckthorn could be used as a therapeutic agent against inflammatory skin diseases.

Keep reading to discover sea buckthorn’s benefits for cancer and weight loss…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

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8:40PM PST on Dec 10, 2014

Great Article!
I have been taking it for more than 2.5 years,
It is quite effective in reducing inflammation.
From my personal experience, it reduces my inflammation marker (hsCRP) from a dangerous level, to normal level within 3 months. No doubt,a good cardio-vascular supplements.

6:02AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

I have stage 4 COPD, i will definitely look into this. Over the last 2 years i have slowly weaned myself off nearly all my medication and now use only 2 inhalers. I know my limitations and can manage my attacks better now and haven't had to go into hospital for nearly 24 months.

1:44PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Thank you Michelle, loved the article, enjoyed reading all the comments from the care 2 members also.

6:18AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Thank you

10:18AM PDT on May 31, 2013

Thanks so much!

4:05AM PDT on May 28, 2013


4:16AM PDT on May 12, 2013

This ? fruit sounds wonderful - can it just be eaten??

6:36AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013


2:14AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Thanks! Will try.

12:36AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Thank you!

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