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Sea Buckthorn – Nature’s Elixir Of Life – Vigorous Herbs

Occurrence and meaning

The sea buckthorn, sometimes also called sand berry, probably got its name from the sand dunes on the North and Baltic Seas, on which the shrub likes to grow. And because it stands on barren ground, it must also be firmly rooted. He gives this power to his orange-colored fruits, which are botanically more nuts than berries and represent a powerhouse of healthy ingredients. The sea buckthorn bush looks completely inconspicuous at first glance. Bulky and bizarre in shape, it clings to the ground with dense roots and protects its bright red “berries” with pointed leaves and thorns. Sea buckthorn is a plant with extraordinary properties. Their special characteristics are: highest vitality and resilience.

Sea Buckthorn - Nature's Elixir Of Life - Vigorous Herbs

Sea Buckthorn – Nature’s Elixir Of Life – Vigorous Herbs

It was not until the 1950s that sea buckthorn was discovered as a useful plant for agriculture. In the GDR and in other Eastern European countries the search for variety for the local fruit assortment was made among the wild plants. Since the 1990s, sea buckthorn has become one of the most popular natural food supplements in western countries as well. This thorn bush, which belongs to the oleaginous family, with its small orange-red to yellow fruits, thrives particularly well on the North and Baltic Sea coasts. The plant does not place high demands on the soil and prefers sandy soils (“sand” thorn). Sea buckthorn is particularly suitable for organic cultivation. Problems with pests are rare. On the contrary:

Concentrated light energy

Sea buckthorn places high demands on “cosmic food” – sun and light. In bright sunlight, the wild plant produces valuable substances that can be used in many ways. The high content of unsaturated fatty acids, numerous natural vitamins, minerals and trace elements are the reason why the red gold berries are so valuable for keeping the body healthy. Sea buckthorn works – from the inside and outside.

 

Processing and application

Sea buckthorn tastes too sour for most people – that’s why it is often sweetened with honey. For processing, the berries are first washed and then squeezed. Sea buckthorn tastes too sour for most people. The juice is therefore usually sweetened with honey or mixed with apple juice, but is also available unsweetened. Sea buckthorn tastes particularly refreshing with dairy products such as yoghurt, kefir or buttermilk. Sea buckthorn juices, in which the whole berry has been processed, are particularly valuable as they contain the full spectrum of useful nutrients. For the sea buckthorn fruit powder available in health food stores and health food stores, the fruits come from controlled ecological cultivation. They are gently processed into an ultra-fine powder in a special process. This preserves the valuable ingredients and ensures optimal bioavailability and absorption. Approx. 6 to 8 kg of fresh fruit are required to produce one kilo of fruit powder. In addition to the health applications already mentioned, the powder is also ideal for use in the kitchen. As an addition to a wide variety of desserts, to flavor soups, sauces or main dishes (especially fish) or mixed with valuable cooking oils, it refines salads. But not only the juice and the dried extract can be used by the sea buckthorn. An oil that is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins is extracted from the pressed residue from the peel and seeds. A small part of it is always present in the juice, where it settles on the milk like cream. In Russia, sea buckthorn is grown mainly for this oil. It is sold there in pharmacies and used externally for skin diseases and internally for gastrointestinal complaints.

 

Small berry with great power!

The small sea buckthorn berries have a great effect on the body’s defenses. Their richness in natural vitamin C has made the small sea buckthorn fruits famous – at 260 milligrams per 100 grams of fruit, the content is much higher than for example lemon; only rose hips can keep up here. As a natural source of vitamin C, sea buckthorn strengthens the immune system and promotes performance, especially in times of increased physical and mental stress. A few teaspoons of sea buckthorn pulp powder or a dietary supplement containing sea buckthorn are sufficient to increase resistance during the cold season. The red gold berries also have numerous minerals, vitamins and trace elements such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron or zinc, provitamin A (beta-carotene) and vitamins B1, B2, E and K. The natural content of unsaturated fatty acids ensures that the fat-soluble vitamins can be optimally absorbed by the body. In addition to the antioxidant effect (neutralization of free radicals) through the vitamins and secondary plant substances it contains, sea buckthorn is said to have a strengthening effect on the immune system its flavonoids too. Clinical studies with flavonoid extracts from sea buckthorn also showed an improved ability of the blood vessels to contract, which has a positive effect on cardiovascular diseases Spleen, gynecological problems, rheumatic complaints and edema of the joints as well as to support chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The natural content of unsaturated fatty acids ensures that the fat-soluble vitamins can be optimally absorbed by the body. In addition to the antioxidant effect (neutralization of free radicals) through the vitamins and secondary plant substances it contains, sea buckthorn is said to have strengthening effects on the immune system due to its flavonoids. Clinical studies with flavonoid extracts from sea buckthorn also showed an improved ability of the blood vessels to contract, which has a positive effect on cardiovascular diseases Spleen, gynecological problems, rheumatic complaints and edema of the joints as well as to support chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The natural content of unsaturated fatty acids ensures that the fat-soluble vitamins can be optimally absorbed by the body. In addition to the antioxidant effect (neutralization of free radicals) through the vitamins and secondary plant substances it contains, sea buckthorn is said to have strengthening effects on the immune system due to its flavonoids. Clinical studies with flavonoid extracts from sea buckthorn also showed an improved ability of the blood vessels to contract, which has a positive effect on cardiovascular diseases Spleen, gynecological problems, rheumatic complaints and edema of the joints as well as to support chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Major “side effects” desired!

Finally, sea buckthorn has a pleasant “side effect”: In numerous overweight test persons who have taken part in weight loss programs, sea buckthorn has improved the success of weight loss because the desire for sweets, but also for nicotine and caffeine, dwindled. Background: According to the so-called lipostatic theory of hunger, various free fatty acids in the bloodstream convey the feeling of hunger. Vitamin B12 in turn is involved in the breakdown of these fatty acids. Sea buckthorn is one of the very few vegetable sources of vitamin B12. For a long time, nutritional physiology as a science assumed that the best sources of vitamin B12 were foods of animal origin such as milk, liver and meat.

Watch out vegans!

Since there are only a few alternatives for vitamin B12, sea buckthorn is an important addition to their diet, especially for vegetarians and vegans. With its bright orange-colored fruits that hang on the bushes well into winter, sea buckthorn was initially only considered a decorative ornamental shrub in the streetscape in this country. Because the berries could only be picked by hand from the thorny bushes, a harvest remained unprofitable for a long time.

Sea buckthorn oil for naturally beautiful skin

Sea buckthorn stores the energy and light of the sun’s rays. The red-gold oil from seeds and pulp is rich in natural vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids such as lonolic, linolenic and palmitoleic acid, which are part of the vital building blocks of our cells. Sea buckthorn oil is particularly well absorbed by the skin due to its close resemblance to the lipids in the upper layers of the skin. This supports the important barrier function of the skin, regenerates it and regains its vitality. Due to the high proportion of beta-carotene, which absorbs light energy, the sea buckthorn oil offers a high level of light and sun protection. This filter effect of UV light is supplemented by the biological protective effect of the carotenoids as radical scavengers and the antioxidant properties of the tocopherols. This not only protects the skin from excessive solar radiation, but also from free radicals and environmental pollutants such as ozone. Sea buckthorn oil counteracts premature skin aging. By building up a protective deposit in the skin tissue, the tendency to sun allergies and the resulting reddening of the skin is noticeably reduced. If a sunburn does occur due to insufficient sun protection, the pain-relieving and cell tissue-renewing properties of sea buckthorn oil can prove themselves. In addition, sea buckthorn oil promotes the natural pigment balance of the skin, which means that a healthy tan is retained for longer. By building up a protective deposit in the skin tissue, the tendency to sun allergies and the resulting reddening of the skin is noticeably reduced. If a sunburn does occur due to insufficient sun protection, the pain-relieving and cell tissue-renewing properties of sea buckthorn oil can prove themselves. In addition, sea buckthorn oil promotes the natural pigment balance in the skin, which means that a healthy tan is retained for longer. By building up a protective deposit in the skin tissue, the tendency to sun allergies and the resulting reddening of the skin is noticeably reduced. If a sunburn does occur due to insufficient sun protection, the pain-relieving and cell tissue-renewing properties of sea buckthorn oil can prove themselves. In addition, sea buckthorn oil promotes the natural pigment balance of the skin, which means that a healthy tan is retained for longer.

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