The sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) has the highest nutrient content of all the wild berries. The amount of vitamin C contained in 50 grams of sea buckthorn berries is equivalent to a medium-sized orange.
Sea Buckthorn has been used as a medicine and food for more than 2000 years. It is also well documented in Ancient Tibetan medical texts for its use as a treatment for fevers, inflammation, abscesses, the common cold, constipation, stomach tumours and gynaecological diseases.
What’s more, the powers of Sea Buckthorn were so highly valued by the Ancient Greeks that they believed it was the main food source of the mythical winged horse, Pegasus and gave him the ability to fly.
Known as the ‘wonder plant’ in Asian countries, Sea Buckthorn powder contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals. For starters, it’s rich in Vitamin C, containing up to 9 times more than other citrus fruits.
It is also a fantastic source of Omega 7 and vitamin B12, both of which are important fatty acids and nutrients for vegetarians and vegans, who can’t get them from meat and fish.
Where to find them
Wild sea buckthorn grows in the coastal regions of the Gulf of Bothnia and the Åland Islands. The sea buckthorn grows best on pebbly, sandy or shingly beaches. Actinobacteria present in the root system of the shrub bind with nitrogen in the atmosphere, which enables the sea buckthorn to grow even in fairly low-nutrient soil. It does, however, require plenty of sunlight to grow.
Sea buckthorn are small vitamine bombs
They can boost your overall health and wellbeing by helping your body’s fight against infections and illnesses that slow us down. The complete set of omegas provide support for heart and cardiovascular health and the high fibre content looks after your digestive system leaving the gut free to focus on the right type of instincts.
The sea buckthorn side-effects may include radiant hair, skin and nails and visible anti-ageing effects. Check out our recipes for inspiration how to use the powder. If you prefer to drink your vitamines you might be interested of the pure juice.
The sea buckthorn fruit has a high vitamin C content – approximately 400 mg per 100 grams, placing sea buckthorn fruit among the richest plant sources of vitamin C. Additionally, fruits have high concentrations of carotenoids, vitamin E and vitamin K. The main carotenoids are beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lycopene, while alpha-tocopherol is the major vitamin E compound.
The most prevalent dietary minerals in sea buckthorn fruits are potassium (300–380 mg/100 g), manganese (0.28–0.32 mg/100 g), and copper (0.1 mg/100 g).
The fruit is also rich in phytosterols (340–520 mg/kg), β-sitosterol being the major sterol compound as it constitutes 57–83% of total sterols.
The use of sea buckthorn
Sea Buckthorn berries are naturally tart in flavour and can be likened to sour orange, with hints of mango. Some people also say they taste a little like pineapple – we guess it depends on your taste buds!
One of the great things about sea buckthorn is that it’s incredibly versatile and can be used in a wide range of recipes. So if you’re wondering, what is the best way to take sea buckthorn, you’ve got plenty of options.
Sea buckthorn is used in the food industry to make sauces, jams, berry powders and juices. They can be preserved by drying, freezing, powder or in the form of juice or jam.
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