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Sea Buckthorn

Also indexed as:Buckthorn (Sea), Hippophae rhamnoides
Sea Buckthorn: Main Image
Botanical names:
Hippophae rhamnoides

Parts Used & Where Grown

Sea buckthorn berries are used, either as the whole berry, berry puree or juice, or the oil derived from the fruit or its seeds. The plant is native to Europe and Asia.
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Burns
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
Sea buckthorn extracts may speed the healing of skin injuries, including burns.
Cardiovascular Disease
10 mg three times daily of a flavonoid extract of sea buckthorn for six weeks 2 stars[2 stars]
Sea buckthorn berries, their oil, or flavonoid-rich extracts of the fruit have lowered biochemical indicators of increased cardiovascular risk in some, though not all, preliminary and double-blind human studies.
Dry Eye Syndrome
2 grams per day of sea buckthorn oil for three months 2 stars[2 stars]
Sea buckthorn oil contains large amounts of essential fatty acids that are thought to be helpful for both preventing dry eye syndrome and reducing its severity.
Liver Cirrhosis
15 grams three times daily of sea buckthorn extract 2 stars[2 stars]
Preliminary research suggests that sea buckthorn may improve indicators of liver damage.
Common Cold and Sore Throat
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Sea buckthorn has been shown in animal studies to have immune system-enhancing and anti-inflammatory properties, though a clinical trial did not find benefit.
Eczema
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Sea buckthorn oil contains large amounts of essential fatty acids that are important to skin health inflammation control.
High Cholesterol
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Sea buckthorn contains flavonoids and essential fatty acids that may influence blood cholesterol according to animal and preliminary human research.
Hypertension
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Research suggest that flavonoids from sea buckthorn may have blood pressure-lowering effects.
Peptic Ulcer
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Sea buckthorn contains flavonoids and other constituents that promote healing. It has been associated with peptic ulcer improvement, though more research is needed.
Type 1 Diabetes
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Animal and preliminary research suggests a connection between sea buckthorn and improved measures of blood sugar control.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Sea buckthorn has been used as a traditional herbal remedy in central and eastern Asia for respiratory, skin, and gastrointestinal conditions, and to reduce fever and inflammation.

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