The Powers of the Sea Buckthorn Plant: Promoting Skin and Digestive Health

sea buckthorn plantDespite the fact that so many people have never heard of it before, the sea buckthorn plant provides immense benefits to our health. The sour, flavorful fruit grows on small trees or shrubs in a pretty yellow-orange color, and for those who are familiar with it, it is known as a valuable source of antioxidants, vitamin C, and its use as powerful healing oil (2).

The major benefits of the sea buckthorn plant lie in the realms of skin and digestive health. For the skin, extract from the plant provides benefits that promote overall healthy skin and strong anti-aging components. Its anti-aging benefits come from its promotion of skin hydration, elasticity, and regeneration. Sea buckthorn is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, so it helps treat and prevent acne as well. The plant’s antioxidants work to protect cell walls and DNA structure, helping to improve texture and pigment distribution of skin. Because of this key component, sea buckthorn is also effective against rosacea, a condition that often looks like acne, characterized by facial redness and little red bumps (1).

On the other hand, there are many benefits that take place below the surface, in the digestive system, which are often overlooked. Overall, the components of the sea buckthorn plant, when ingested, accelerate the healing process of a range of digestive problems. Its key component is omega-7, which is our bodies’ mucous membranes’ best friend. These membranes are found throughout the body – covering our digestive, respiratory, and urogenital tracts, and even the inner surfaces of our eyes. That being said, sea buckthorn is helpful for ulcers for the same reason that it is helpful for skin: it moisturizes from the inside, out (3).

Ulcers are a specific type of digestive ailment in which disintegration of body tissue marks an eroded area of skin or mucous membrane. Membranes, when irritated or inflamed, can lead to conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, leaky gut, Crohn’s disease, and acid reflux. Luckily, the omega-7 found in sea buckthorn can help prevent these, as well as rapidly heal these damaged membranes, making major progress in solving the problem (3).

There are a few different options when it comes to incorporating the sea buckthorn plant into our diets. In some countries, people blend it with other fruits to make delicious juices and use it as a base for different sauces, jellies, and liqueurs (2).

However, the best way to obtain the most beneficial amounts of sea buckthorn is through a supplement. There are pills that contain the combination of extracts from the sea buckthorn pulp and seed oils, and these will provide optimal benefits to the body (3). With that in mind, always make sure to first consult with a doctor if you are concerned with your health in any way, before beginning a new supplement regimen.

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References (click to show/hide)

  1. Groskopp, Theresa, CN. "Top 10 Uses of Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil." Natural Healthy Concepts. Natural Healthy Concepts, 28 May 2013. Web. 23 July 2014.<http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2013/05/28/top-10-uses-of-seabuckthorn-seed-oil/>.
  2. "Sea Berries." Raintree Nursery. Raintree Nursery, n.d. Web. 23 July 2014.<http://www.raintreenursery.com/Unusual_EdiblesSea_Berries/>.
  3. Ventresca, Mike. "Regenerate Skin and Help Ulcers Heal." Mimi Vanderhaven n.d.:n. pag. Print.

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