Nutritional and Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn

April 26th, 2012 by ROBERT RUNYON

The sea-buckthorn is used in a variety of ways. It is manufactured to a number of products, such as of course, food, agricultural engineering and other such landscape uses, pharmacological actions, traditional medicine, and nutritional uses. Although there have been a quite a number of uses for the sea-buckthorn, its medicinal, nutritional, and overall health benefits have been subject to a lot of scientific research.

The sea-buckthorn is full of minerals and nutrients which combine in such a way that it increases healing and therapeutic abilities. The plant is filled with necessary fatty acids, one in particular being palmitoleic acid, a vital constituent of skin. Ascorbic acid, which is associated with Vitamin C, is also prevalent in the sea-buckthorn, along with protein and bioactive substances; together with protein, they all participate in the rejuvenation process.

Sea buckthorn berries are nutritious, although quite oily and acidic. This acidity is a testament though that the berries can be processed and turned into astringent. The acidity is also caused by a high content of Vitamin C, which is along the range of 114 to 1,550 milligrams per 100 grams. The berries of the sea-buckthorn have an average of content of about 695 milligrams for every 100 grams, 15 times greater than in oranges, which only contains 45 milligrams for every 100 grams. This seats the sea-buckthorn fruit as one of the most Vitamin C rich plants. The berries also contain very thick quantities of carotenoids, nutrients that produce great anti-oxidation levels, Vitamin E, needed for strong skeletal maintenance, amino acids, other dietary minerals, and polyphenols, another anti-oxidizing chemical. Phytochemical and nutrient components of the sea-buckthorn berries have cancer preventing abilities, or at least have constructive effects on bone marrow after chemotherapy or other diseases. The berries also have prospective healing effects on inflammatory conditions. Other pharmacological uses the sea-buckthorn berries have, such as cytoprotective, immunomodularity, radioprotective, anti-stress, anti-atherogenic, hepatoprotective, anti-microbial, anti-tumor, and tissue rejuvenation have been confirmed.

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