Updated: Mar 25, 2021
Have you ever wondered what Sea Buckthorn is and what benefits it brings to our body when consumed? These wonder berries are yellow/orange in colour and have been used over centuries as food, traditional medicine and skin treatment. But studies now show they could inhibit COVID-19 as well. Find out how below.
So what exactly is Sea Buckthorn?
Sea Buckthorn is a plant which has been used in medicine, homemade remedies as well as in jams and baking for centuries in Eastern Europe and Asia. It is a hardy plant able to withstand winter temperatures as low as -40 degrees, with silvery green leaves and very thorny branches making it difficult to harvest the waxy yellow fruits.
I am originally from Romania and I grew up having sea-buckthorn powder every morning with a teaspoon of honey. It was delicious but most importantly was boosting our immune system, keeping us healthy and away from colds and flus.
Sea Buckthorn provides a rich source of many minerals including Calcium, Potassium and Iron. Has a high content of vitamin C, vitamin B group, mainly B1 (thiamine) and B2 (riboflavin) and other vitamins such as vitamin E, vitamin A and K.
The berries also provide a good source of carotenoids, mainly ß-carotene. 2
Let's talk about what benefits you get by consuming Sea Buckthorn powder
1. Sea Buckthorn powder can inhibit COVID -19
Korean researchers found substance inhibiting COVID-19 < Hospital < 기사본문 - KBR (koreabiomed.com) Click on the link for full article.
A recent study is drawing the attention of the medical community, claiming that sea buckthorn berry’s lactic acid bacteria can contain the spread of the new coronavirus by inhibiting the activation of its energy source, purine. According to a research team at Ehwa Womans University Medical Centre, it has confirmed probiotic bacteria extracted from fermented sea buckthorn berry had lots of lactobacillus gasseri (L. gasseri), which represses the activation of purine, an energy source required for the mutation of new coronavirus.
The researchers, led by Professor Yoon Ha-na of the Urology Department, also discovered that sea buckthorn berry had abundant amounts of ehstreptococcus thermophilus and lactobacillus rhamnoses, which have the same chemical binding site to the COVID-19 and affect the protein activity of AIDS. They also confirmed nine antioxidants, six minerals, and 16 amino acids. Professor Yoon expects the probiotic bacteria in sea buckthorn berry to be a supplementary treatment to suppress COVID-19 spread by inhibiting purine activity.
“I believe the probiotic bacteria will work as a complementary treatment to prevent COVID-19 and will apply the same mechanism to additional studies, including cystitis and hyperlipidaemia,” Professor Yoon said.
Professor Jeong Goo-bo of Gachon University Lee Gil Ya Cancer and Diabetes Institute, also said, “I believe L. gasseri, derived from plants, can be effective in preventing COVID-19 spread because it affects the activation of purine enzyme, the energy source for AIDS, hepatitis, Ebola, and COVID-19 virus.”
The source 출처 : KBR(http://www.koreabiomed.com)
2. Rich in Nutrients
Sea Buckthorn is packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants which help protect your body against aging and illnesses like cancer and heart disease. Sea Buckthorn supports health benefits including antimicrobial, anti cancerous, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, and other related effects. 1
Sea Buckthorn contains the rare Omega 7 which help reducing inflammation in the body, blood sugar regulation, and accelerating the metabolism of fat.
3. Help boost Your Immune System
Sea Buckthorn powder strengthens and increase resistance to illnesses.
It accelerates regeneration of mucous membranes in the gastrointestinal tract,
such as in the stomach, the large intestine, the urinary tract, and the oral cavity. 2
Sea Buckthorn powder is rich in flavonoids which may help your body fight infections and viruses. These small berries contain a great amount of antioxidants which are absolutely necessary to regulate the reactions that release the free radicals. Antioxidant nutrients commonly included in the diet such as vitamin E, vitamin C, β-carotene, selenium, copper, iron and zinc improve different immune function exhibiting an important protective role in infections caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites. 2
4. Protects your liver
The liver is often affected by a multitude of environmental pollutants and drugs, all of which place a burden on this vital organ which can damage and weaken the liver and eventually lead to hepatitis or cirrhosis.
Sea Buckthorn has shown numerous positive effects on liver protection and treatment of liver diseases. The compounds contained in sea buckthorn such as unsaturated fatty acids,
α-tocopherol or ß-carotene protect hepatic cells against damage by hepatotoxins. The content of flavonoids in sea buckthorn are responsible for protecting against liver fattening. 3
5. Help Fight Cancer
Researches shows that Sea Buckthorn may help fight cancer cells.
The best effect has been reported in relation to the treatment of patients with colon cancer, leukaemia, and prostatic carcinoma. Other studies suggest that Sea Buckthorn oil alleviates haematological damage caused by chemotherapy, such as part of treatment of leukaemia.
Sea Buckthorn has also been reported to favourably affect the inhibition of certain factors causing stomach cancer. 4
6. Protect Against Diabetes
Sea Buckthorn is a great candidate for complementary therapy of diabetes. By consuming Sea Buckthorn powder helps lower your blood sugar levels and has been shown to have positive effects in relieving symptoms such as fatigue, dry mouth and dry eye in non-diabetic diseases. 5
7. Improves cardiovascular system
The content of flavonoids in Sea Buckthorn, as well as the unsaturated fatty acids helps improve the function of the cardiovascular system and helps prevent heart diseases.
Following a diet enriched with Sea Buckthorn, flavonoids significantly reduced the increased hypertension, hyperinsulinemia and dyslipidaemia. Research shows that incorporating
150 mg/kg/day of Sea Buckthorn increases the blood concentration of circulating angiotensin II (an active form of angiotensin, which is a peptide instrumental in the constriction of blood vessels and the resulting hypertension, or high blood pressure). 6
Sea Buckthorn is very rich in many nutrients and can improve the health of your liver and heart, protect against diabetes and strengthen your immune system and increases resistance to illnesses.
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