HOW DOES SEABUCKTHORN WORK
There is still much to learn, but here are some of the ways in which seabuckthorn works to reduce inflammation and supports the body’s natural healing ability.
Taken internally or applied topically seabuckthorn seed and fruit oils deliver apowerful anti-inflammatory punch! Fifteen phytosterols, seventeen carotenoids,all the isomers of Vitamin E and the essential omega 3, omega 6 and omega 7 have each been identified as effective anti-inflammatories and between them,seabuckthorn seed and fruit oils contain them all! Applied topically the oils not only reduce inflammation but they regenerate cells, ease discomfort, nourish and soften dry and over-reactive skin and provide a protective barrier against water loss and infection – supporting the skin’s natural healing capacity.
High in quercetin, isorhamnetin and kaempherol as well as vitamin C, superoxide dismutase, carotenoids and vitamin E - juices, teas and capsules from the seabuckthorn berry and leaves are potent antihistamines. Reduction of histamine retards the acceleration of inflammation that normally results from histamine release, allowing the tissues to normalize and reducing redness and swelling.
The leaves of seabuckthorn are loaded with a variety of anti-oxidants, antiinflammatories and essential nutrients. Tannins, vitamin E, carotenoids, ferulic acid, folic acid, ellagic acid, amino acids, salicylic acid and more work from the inside to calm the overactive inflammatory response and sop up free radicals.
Calcium, magnesium, potassium and other minerals provide needed nourishment to the cells. Extracts of the leaves can also be added to skincare products to nourish, hydrate and soothe inflamed and stressed tissue.
All this is very good news. It is becoming clear that a chronically overzealous and inappropriate immune response is a major contributor to acute and persistent disease, disability and reduced quality of life. So far, most of the cures are not much better than the disease and the requirement for effective measures to control and reduce inflammation through natural and nondestructive means is most pressing. Seabuckthorn is a very promising candidate. The fortunate intersection of current research into the many facets of inflammation with the benefits of seabuckthorn will hopefully point the way to a more gentle and effective strategy for managing the double edged sword that is inflammation.
Sea Buckthorn is a rich source of Vitamin C which is used to support a healthy immune system at this time of year as well as aid recovery from a cold, tiredness and convalescence Miracle leaves that may help protect against liver damage
Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) berries are well known for their cholesterol busting properties, but scientists in India say that its leaves are also rich in anti-oxidants and may help ward off liver disease, according to new research due to be published in the Society of Chemical Industry’s (SCI) Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.
28/06/2007- Regular consumption of sea buckthorn berries reduced levels of a protein that is associated with inflammation, diabetes and heart disease, say Finnish scientists.
However, no major effects were observed on the instance of common cold or digestive tract infections, reports the study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
"Sea buckthorn berries did not prevent common cold or digestive tract infections. However, areductive effect on CRP, a marker of inflammation, and a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases,was detected," wrote lead author Petra Larmo from the University of Turku.
An estimated 19 million people are affected by diabetes in the EU 25, projected to increase to 26 million by 2030. CVD causes almost 50 per cent of deaths in Europe, and is reported to cost the EU economy an estimated €169 billion ($202 billion) per year.
The researchers recruited 233 healthy subjects (average age 30.7, average BMI 23.1 kg per sq. m)
and randomly assigned them to receive sea buckthorn or placebo product for 90 days.
Petra Larmo told NutraIngredients.com: "The daily berry dose was 28 g (frozen sea buckthorn berry puree). The daily dose contained 16.7 mg flavonol glycosides (the glycosides of isorhamnetin were the most abundant), 15.6 mg vitamin C, and 1.1 mg alpha-tocopherol. Calculated as aglycones the total daily amount of flavonols was about 8.4 mg.
"A moderate berry dose was chosen to have a realistic dose for everyday consumption of the average person," she added.
At the end of the study, Larmo and co-workers report that no significant difference in the number or duration of common cold or digestive tract infections between the sea buckthorn and placebo groups.
For levels of CRP, however, significant differences were observed between the groups.
Consumption of sea buckthorn was associated with an average 0.059 mg/l decrease, which suggests beneficial effects for cardiovascular health.
The number of UTI was too small to draw solid conclusions, but the results indicate the subject
merits further investigation.
"We are carrying on our studies concerning the health effects of sea buckthorn berry. We analysed the samples of the trial reported in the EJCN for other risk markers of cardiovascular disease and flavonols, and are currently writing a manuscript of these results," Larmo told this website.
"Several other analyses (markers of inflammation, endothelium dysfunction and oxidation) from these samples have also been made and will be reported later. At the end of this year, we are planning on starting a new clinical trial. The objective is to study the effects of sea buckthorn berry on urinary tract (and other) infections in elderly people," she added.
Back in October, scientists in India reported a new extraction method for sea buckthorn berries giving a juice rich in vitamin C, polyphenols and flavonoids.
The research, published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (Vol. 86, pp. 2345-2353) reported using continuous high speed centrifugation (spinning) to separate the juice and the solid sludge the resulting juice retains more than 40 per cent of polyphenols, 50 per cent of flavonoids and 70 per cent of vitamin C present in the pulp of the red berries.
Source: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Advance online publication 27 June 2007; doi: 10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602831
"Effects of sea buckthorn berries on infections and inflammation: a double-blind, randomized,