Sea buckthorn is said to be holy fruit: the fountain of youth in a berry form. This ubiquitous plant is known as satsalulu in Lakakhi, near northern Kashmir, and it’s botanical name is Hippophae rhamnoides, which means “shining horses” in Greek.
In recent years science has verified that sea buckthorn berries do indeed contain 190 different nutrients, including high concentrations of antioxidants and fatty acids, particularly the invaluable omega-7 (palmitoleic acid). Sea buckthorn is a nutritional gold mine that can be easily transformed into shampoos, gel capsules, soaps, body lotions, skin serums, and miracle juices for those who want to age more gracefully.
The plants properties have been well described in clinical literature. The oil contains high levels of Vitamin C, about 15 times as much as oranges and sometimes as much as 1,550 mg per 100 grams. This is food based, natural Vitamin C, not the ascorbic acid form of Vitamin C sold in stores. This remarkable berry also contains high concentrations of natural Vitamin E, carotenoids, and flavonoids. Sea buckthorn also contains omega fatty acids, especially omega-7, which is found in yogurt, macadamia nuts, and whole, unpasteurized milk.
In fact, it contains more omega-7 than any other known edible food source! A study by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that omega-7 reduces levels of inflammatory chemicals produced by the body and thus reduces levels of cardiovascular risk, liver disease, and diabetes. It also seems to rejuvenate skin because omega-7 inhibits the formation of free radicals in the tissues of the skin. As early as 1986, Russian doctors used sea buckthorn ointment to treat victims of radiation injury at Chernobyl!