Sea Buckthorn’s Rare Omega-7s

Exhibit strong anti-aging effect due to high content of palmitoleic acid, tocopherols, tocotrienols, carotenoids and vitamin C

Sea Buckthorn’s Rare Omega-7s. Healthy Living Magazine

Sea Buckthorn’s Rare Omega-7s. Healthy Living Magazine

The berries of this shrub are packed with nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that protect and repair skin (including from UV radiation), slow aging and lower the risk of several major chronic disorders including heart disease and diabetes.

When 1+1 = 3

Almost nothing compares to sea buckthorn for its dual antioxidant powers and dual ability to quell inflammation. Perhaps most intriguing (and important) are its rarified omega-7 fatty acids (eg, palmitoleic acid, a type of oil) found almost exclusively in this plant and none others throughout the world. The strong antioxidant activity of sea buckthorn’s omega-7 oils is due to the high content of tocopherols, tocotrienols, vitamin C and carotenoids. All the isomers of vitamin E are present in sea buckthorn oils.

Working synergistically, vitamin E and carotenoids present in sea buckthorn’s omega-7s protect lipids and membrane structure from UV radiation, free radical damage and normalize the body’s inflammatory pathways.

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These 3 benefits result in a general anti-aging, regenerating effect for skin—from the inside out.

Not only does sea buckthorn with omega-7s maintain inner beauty, it also lowers cholesterol levels, reduces ulcers and inhibits tumor formation and thus might reduce cancer risk. So this is one of my favorite herbs. It’s a little beauty secret from someone who knows that it takes more than the scalpel to get the kind of ageless beauty we all seek.

Sea buckthorn is primarily grown in Eastern Europe and China and dates back to ancient Greek times. It was also called “swallow thorn” because the berries can stain the skin yellow. Some persons believe that because sea buckthorn is such an unbelievably rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, lipids and other important phytonutrients it must have been cultivated by breeders. According to ancient Greek legend, sea buckthorn was a key part of the diet for racehorses; this and its ability to do wonders for the horses’ outer appearance led to its botanical name Hippophae, which means “shiny horse.” It has also been said that sea buckthorn leaves were one of the preferred foods of the flying horse, Pegasus.

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However, while Pegasus may have ground the leaves, the most medicinal parts of sea buckthorn are its berries and seeds. Ancient cultures used sea buckthorn berries most frequently to treat diseases of the skin and digestive tract. Modern research confirms that this remarkable plant is indeed a powerful medicine for countering all three of the major causes of premature skin aging. Because of its ability to repair and rejuvenate skin, sea buckthorn has become the herb of choice in many hair and skin formulas in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, China and the US.

Anti-Aging Omega-7S

Preferred sea buckthorn products use the subspecies called turkestanica, which is thought to have the highest levels of omega-7s.

The turkestanica sea berry is a subspecies harvested in the Himalayan Highlands at 12,000 feet above sea level. Co-ops of Himalayan women working with one company using fair trade practices hand harvest the omega-7-rich berries with careful handling following the traditions of their ancestors. The women earn enough during the 4-6 week harvest season to provide for their families all winter.The processing process occurs within hours of the harvest in premium, omega 7-rich sea buckthorn cosmetics and supplements.

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Dr Horner is a surgeon, author and health expert with board certifications from the National Board of Surgery and the National Board of Plastic Surgery. She successfully ran a national campaign to pass laws requiring insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction following mastectomy.

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