Sea buckthorn berries are grown on a shrub, which is native to a wide area in Europe and Asia. The plant thrives in environments where other plants don’t grow, such as sea coasts and semidesert areas. While edible, the sea buckthorn berries are sour and astringent, and not very pleasant to eat raw. However, they are very nutritious and can be enjoyed when mixed with naturally sweet juices or when they are ‘bletted’ (or frosted), which reduces the unpleasant flavors.
The berries are a vibrant yellow-orange color, and grow in clusters. It’s a juicy berry about the size of a grape, with a single large seed at its center. The pulp is used for juices and nutritious concentrates, while the oils are extracted for use in cosmetics and nutritional supplements, since it is very potent with beneficial vitamins and minerals.
Sea buckthorn berries are highly nutritious, with a high volume of antioxidants in addition to Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and carotenoids. Consuming the berries in juices or applying sea buckthorn berry oil can result in some beneficial health effects:
- Prevents infections
- Improves eyesight
- Slows the aging process
- Treats asthma
- Reduces cholesterol
- Balances the immune system
- Slows the decline of cognitive function due to aging
- Reduces illnesses caused by cancer
- Limits the toxicity of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy
- Reduces the risk and minimizes the effects of pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cardiac, blood or metabolic disorders
- May reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Treats stomach and intestinal diseases
- Softens skin