Some time ago, people started talking about the properties of a berry, unknown to most of us, called Sea buckthorn. It is small berry, with an intense orange color and if you taste it, you will perceive a super acid and powerful flavor. Apart from its particular flavor, what really makes Sea Buckthorn “famous” is its oil, which contains large amounts of omega-7 and has many nutritional properties. It also helps with hydration and regeneration of skin and mucous membranes. Those who have tried it assure that there is nothing better for dry skin and mucous membranes.
What is sea buckthorn oil?
It is a small orange berry found mainly in northern Europe and Tibet, although it is a plant that can be easily adapted to different soils. Once we extract its juice (very rich in vitamin C and compounds with polyphenols) we obtain a residue that consists of skin, pulp and seed that we separate and dry. Once separated and dried, we extract the oil from each of the parts since each part has different profiles of fatty acids and lipophilic compounds. Skin and pulp are rich in acid palmitoleic acid, very beneficial to maintain epidermis hydration and the other part is very rich in omega-3.
Why is sea buckthorn oil so special?
The oily fraction of sea buckthorn is very rich in palmitoleic acid, which is rarely found in the vegetable kingdom, that is why sea buckthorn, very rich in this type of acid, is so special. On the other hand, we have the aqueous fraction (the juice) that is very rich in vitamin C and polyphenols. The level of vitamin C we are talking about is around 10 times better than a kiwi, that is, very high levels. It also contains a significant action of carotenoids and 1% – 2% oil in the same juice, which is very important since it is not found in other types of juices.
What are the benefits of palmitoleic acid or omega-7 ?
There are many studies on palmitoleic acid, also called omega-7 , at the blood circulation level, but mostly, what has been studied, is its capacity to nourish, hydrate and regenerate the skin and mucous membranes.
The way to get the most of its benefits is by taking the oil directly, in this case in the form of a food supplement since it is the only format in which it is marketed. After two to four weeks of taking sea buckthorn supplementation, we can begin to notice its effects in terms of hydration, nutrition and regeneration of skin and mucous membranes.