Sea Buckthorn Berry – Deep Roots in History for a Legendary Superfood

February 05, 2017

Sea Buckthorn Berry – Deep Roots in History for a Legendary Superfood

Sea Buckthorn belongs to the botanical genus hippophae,  a group of deciduous shrubs growing throughout large areas of Europe and Asia. The most well known species of this family of shrubs is Sea Buckthorn. The Latin hippophae  translates to English as “shining horse”. The name makes reference to ancient legends of the rejuvenative capabilities of these plants. 

Ancient Greece
Early accounts from Ancient Greece speak to the berries’ miraculous effects on horses. The legends involve the liberation of weakened and starving horses, close to death. In the legends, the beleaguered animals were cut loose to allow them to wander off and die in peace. Some time later, a group of radiant and energetic horses is found frolicking on the nearby landscape. Approaching the horses, much to the surprise of the onlookers, they are found to be the ones abandoned to death. Full of curiosity for their amazing recovery, they follow the horses and find them eating bright orange Sea Buckthorn berries from thorny shrubs.

Mongol Armies
It is also said that the Mongol armies of Genghis Khan encountered the fabled fruit while traversing the Tibetan Plateau. The Mongol warriors tried this unusual fruit and experienced a similar rejuvenating effect. Upon learning of the berries rejuvenating effects, Genghis Khan ordered Sea Buckthorn berries to be fed to his armies to enhance their combat effectiveness.

Renowned throughout Europe and Asia for its nutritional and medicinal value, Sea Buckthorn is used in close to 200 products to treat cancer, heart ailments, ulcers, liver disorders, burns and brain disorders. Some of the cited benefits associated with the consumption of Sea Buckthorn berry are: anti-inflammation, antimicrobial action, pain relief, tissue regeneration, immune system boosting, and protection against cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Medicinal Uses
Due to its well-known anti-inflammatory effects, the berries are constituents of many traditional and modern Indian, Chinese and Tibetan medicines. Preparations made from the berries are used to treat colds, fever, exhaustion and other metabolic disorders. The oil from the fruit and seeds is used to treat liver diseases, inflammation, peptic ulcers, gastritis, eczema, canker sores, wounds, burns, frostbite, psoriasis, rosacea and lupus. Extracts of the berries are used in ophthalmology to treat infection and inflammation of the cornea and injuries to the eyelid. Potential anti-carcinogenic properties of the berry are an active area of research.

A Powerhouse of Nutrients
The Sea Buckthorn berries are powerhouses of, often difficult to obtain nutrients. The berries contain a plethora of more than 190 bioactive compounds including vitamins, fatty acids, antioxidants, free amino acids, lipids, flavonoids, phenols and essential minerals. The Vitamin C content of the berries has been found to be one of the most enriched plant sources of this vital nutrient with up to 12x of the level found in oranges. Vitamin E is found in the berries at concentrations more than 4x the levels found in sunflower seeds and 6x the concentration typically found in almonds and spinach. They have one of the highest recorded plant-source concentrations of Vitamin K at 100-200x the concentration typically found in leafy greens like kale and spinach.  A total of 18 of the 22 known amino acids are present in the juiced fruit.

With all of this in mind, it's no wonder why we have made Sea Buckthorn Berry one of the four pillars of the Vytogo formula. Try Vytogo today to experience for yourself the vitalizing effects of Sea Buckthorn Berry.



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