Hippophae or Sea Buckthorn is such an extraordinary plant that it deserves a whole article about it! In fact, when Alexander the Great discovered Hippophae berries, the secret of ancient Tibetan medicine has finally been revealed. For thousands of years, Tibetans have been using these Himalayan berries as food and remedy for numerous conditions.
Today, science has confirmed it could be the most powerful natural remedy for many diseases! A plant called Hippophae rhamnoides comes in different names all around the globe. In my language, the name is connected to wolfs and dogs, while the ancient Greeks connected it with shiny horses.
Hippophae is also known as a wolf’s thorn, dog’s thorn, Siberian pineapple, seaberry, and sea buckthorn…
There’s no healthier berry on Earth
Today we know much more about these powerful berries. Scientists agree they are useful for treating problems such as exhaustion, infections, cardiovascular diseases, problematic skin, stomach ulcers, even cancer.
Historians say that this superhero berry was extensively utilised by Alexander the Great and his Macedonian troops as they set out to vanquish the known world in the 4th century BC. In fact, these orange berries were frequent food for Alexander’s troops.
Almost 200 vitamins in Hippophae
Yes, it contains almost 200 kinds of vitamins that our body can utilise. Ancient Greeks observed the sick or injured horses who would heal when chewing the plant’s leaves and berries. After eating the plant, the horse’s hair would turn shiny and they would regain their strength. This probably inspired the ancients to give the name Hippophae (Meaning shiny horse). After this discovery, Hippophae became an indispensable energiser for warriors, heroes and athletes, offering them higher durability health, and energy.
Sea buckthorn contains almost 200 nutrients and phytonutrients essential for the healthy functioning of the body. It is abundant in flavonoids – phytonutrients that are acknowledged for reducing cancer spread, reduce pain and inflammation. Interestingly, flavonoids are also helping in achieving healthy body weight. Hippophae berries contain provitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E and K1.
Their oil is rich in folic acid (vitamin B9), which is of fundamental value for DNA reconstruction. Its antioxidant potential is extremely high according to the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).
What’s exciting about Hippophae is that it holds the largest percentage of rare omega-7 fatty acids (30% – 35%)
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzymes
It contains oil-based superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzymes which are crucial for oxidative stress defence. When it comes to minerals, there are 20 mineral elements including iron, copper, manganese, selenium, etc…
Keto and Hippophae
Luckily, Hippophae are fatty berries!!! Their oil is the only known plant-based oil in the world that includes omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 collectively! All this makes it the most extraordinary berry on our planet. If you wonder just how much sugar they have, think very low! In fact, their glycemic index is quite low, while on 20g of dried fruit you’ll get 3.6g of fat, 3.1g of protein and only 2.8g net carbs. Furthermore, A study proved that Seabuckthorn decreases and delays insulin response and improves the glycaemic profile
Strongest antidepressant and beauty booster
As an adaptogen, Hippophae can help with mental and physical stress. The synergy of bioactive components makes it a significant ally for supporting the beauty and rejuvenating the body. Many skin experts know that nothing rejuvenates skin as the Hippophae oil. The oil stimulates cell regeneration, thus decreasing wrinkles and slowing skin ageing. It is also a powerful remedy for a whole range of skin problems, including dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, wounds, burns, eczema and strokes.
Thousands of years – it works!
Hippophae and its power have been known to ancient medicine men for so many millennia. It has been traditionally used for helping asthma, chronic cough, and other respiratory problems. It strengthens the immune system and helps us fight infections.
I could spend days and research all the studies and historical texts – However, if you would take my word – I have been consuming it for 2 days now and I already feel an extreme boost in energy and good feeling. Could it be a placebo? I don’t think so! I strongly recommend you try these awesome berries. The best way to consume them if you cannot find them fresh is to use the dried version. You can soak them in warm water and with a dash of stevia enjoy them as you would with any other dried berries.
We decided to devote more time and develop recipes that include Hippophae berries, leaves or seed oil… Stay tuned and may the New Year bring you the symbolism of shiny horses of health, happiness and prosperity!