Sea Buckthorn | Potential Nutritient Source

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Sea Buckthorn may be a source of nutrients with health benefits.

A review of the nutritional value of the sea buckthorn plant was recently published in the journal Food Research International. The authors discuss sea buckthorn’s nutritional properties, bioactive compounds, and potential health benefits.

Sea buckthorn berries, derived from sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.), may be an underused nutrient source. This plant grows as a bush in Europe and Asia. The berry juice is consumed in Russia and parts of Europe. It is acidic and is typically mixed with other sweeter juices when drinking.

The authors have cited vitamins A, K, E, C, B1 and B2, fatty acids, lipids, organic acids, amino acids, carbohydrates, folic acid, tocopherols and flavonoids, phenols, terpenes, and tannins as potential nutrients that may be “harvested” from the sea buckthorn plant. It contains the fatty acid palmitoleic acid and this has caught the interest of many in the supplement community because it is a plant based source of omega-7.

This plant appears to have potential, but more research is needed on this potential source of nutritional compounds. The authors of the review did identify a number of gaps in the current knowledge of sea buckthorn berries. For example, how does processing for market affect the nutrients in different sea buckthorn berry species?

Go to the Science Library for more Sea Buckthorn Research related to diabetes and prediabetes metabolic syndrome.

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About Robert Creighton

Dr. Creighton is a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 26 years in podiatric practice treating thousands of patients afflicted with the physiological, physical, and psychological side effects and complications of diabetes and pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. He believes these disorders present a pressing public health concern that need to be more actively addressed in a multidisciplinary way. Dr. Creighton graduated from what is now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a member of the American Public Health Association, an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and a Member of the American Nutrition Association.

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