Though they're not found in the ocean, sea buckthorn berries and the oil they produce are attracting lot of attention for their moisture-producing properties. The berries, found in the mountains of Asia and Northern Europe, can be helpful for almost any problem of the mucous membranes, according to natural health industry expert Terry Lemerond.
Lemerond, the president of EuroPharma presents an extensive introduction to the benefits of the berry in a webinar. In it, he discusses new research that shows promising benefits of the berries for conditions ranging from heart disease prevention to dry eyes.
Sea buckthorn is dripping with critical omega-7 fatty acid, the lesser known fatty brother of omega-3s. Omega-7 comprises up to 50 percent of sea buckthorn berry’s fatty acid content, making it one of the richest plant-based sources of palmitoleic acid on the planet, according to Lemerond. The seed, pulp, and skin of the berry are packed with over 200 nutrients, including antioxidant tocopherols, beta-carotene, phytosterols, and omega 3, 6 and 9 in addition to the omega 7.
Used for thousands of years by Tibetans, sea buckthorn has been noted for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune system modulating, cardiovascular strengthening and its ability to regenerate mucous membrane tissue. This last property aids people suffering from dry eyes, dry mouth, aging skin, peptic ulcers and menopausal vaginal dryness and inflammation, according to Lemerond, who points out clinical research regarding these conditions in the webinar.
In his presentation, he notes a clinical trial where sea buckthorn oil significantly reduced the symptoms of Sjogren's Syndrome, the autoimmune disease affecting mucus membranes that tennis star Venus Williams suffers from. “Conventional medicine has little to offer,” people who have the disease, says Lemerond. Hope may lie within the sea buckthorn berry. Researchers writing in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture agree, concluding “there is great potential to improve human health through consumption of these colored berries.”