Sea Buckthorn Berries: What Are They & What Are The Benefits?

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Berries have long been praised for their numerous health benefits, and sea buckthorn berries follow suit. Read on to learn how sea buckthorn berries could specifically benefit your skin and how to incorporate them into your diet.

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What Is Sea Buckthorn?

The sea buckthorn bush is a deciduous shrub native to Europe and Asia. It's quite similar to blackberry and raspberry bushes, so they have a similar size. The leaves, on the other hand, are quite unlike any other berry bush and are silvery-green, long, and slender. Male plants bloom with flowers, creating pollen. The female specimen produces the orange berry-like fruit that they call the sea buckthorn berry. People refer to this fruit as 'the miracle berry' because of its many nutrients. The berry joins açaí berries, blueberries, and blackberries as a super fruit.

 

Sea Buckthorn Berries
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Sea Buckthorn Benefits

Sea Buckthorn Health Benefits

Scientists have conducted research on the juice, oil, and other extracts from the sea buckthorn berry to see its composition. They found that the sea buckthorn contained a whole host of nutrients which have multiple benefits, most of which are beneficial to the skin. These nutrients include a variety of vitamins, amino acids, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin (a substance that is supposed to support eye health), flavonoids, fatty acids and tannin acid, among others.

Many who use sea buckthorns regard it as a cure-all and have used it for thousands of years. Modern research shows that these components from the plant and its berries can ease weight loss, maximise the benefits of exercise, reduce the chances of liver fibrosis, and promote cardiovascular health. Impressive, right?

 

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Sea Buckthorn Berry Juice
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Sea Buckthorn Skin Benefits

For direct healing, sea buckthorn oil is effective on the skin for burns, wounds, cuts, and any kind of skin damage. People widely use the oil for its skincare benefits. The wide range of nutrients present in the fruit can benefit the skin greatly, providing deep nourishment.

The mix of vitamins and antioxidants that make up this oil when applied to the skin will nourish and protect it. Daily use of this oil can keep you looking young and healthy from the inside-out, providing deep moisturisation as well.

Sea Buckthorn Berries: What Are They And What Are The Benefits?

  •  Sea buckthorn berries are a close relative to blackberries and raspberries, and follow suit with other supper berries as they are nutrient and antioxidant-rich.
  • These berries contain nutrients such as vitamins, amino acids, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin (a substance that is supposed to support eye health), flavonoids, fatty acids and tannin acid among others.
  • Sea buckthorn works to support your health, both internally and externally when applied to the skin.

 

Sea Buckthorn Berries
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On That Note

People have sworn by sea buckthorn berries and their oil for centuries. Being nutrient-rich makes them good for curing and nourishing. Modern research is finding some support for several health benefits. When sea buckthorn products are applied to the skin consistently, it will nourish deeply to make the skin look healthy and youthful. Like with all new products, make sure you do a patch test on your arm to be sure you don't have any allergic reactions. If any of these benefits appeal to you, go ahead and give it a go.

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