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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Sea Buckthorn - History, uses and benefits-A marvelous shrub

Sea Buckthorn -A marvelous shrub

SEA BUCKTHORN (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is a kind of wild bush found in Northern Areas Pakistan, specially abundantly found in the Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan. I still remember chasing around the fields of "Burrie didoure" ,yes!! that's what we call them in Shina, a language spoken widely in the Ghizer District, while running after each other playfully. 
In China it is famous as "Magic Plant" where more than 150 factories are producing about 200 foods, medicinal and cosmetic products on commercial scale. Since the ancient Tibetans started using sea buckthorn more than one thousand years ago, hundreds of Asians traditional recipes have been developed and carried on through generations utilizing the nutritional and medicinal properties of the berry. As attractive as they look, they seems to have a variety of uses too. 

Through the long history of application as food and medicinal ingredients, sea buckthorn berry is known to be effective in treating wounds, inflammation, mucous membrane, related disorders and disease such as cough, sputum, gastric and gynecological problems and tumors. The recent researches have revealed that the use of sea buckthorn products has highly been effective to improve immunity, normalize metabolism of cholesterol, promote blood circulation by removing blood stasis, treatment of gastric ulcers, liver protection, cardiovascular diseases, anemia, aids tumor inhabiting, reduces inflammation, diminishes swelling and accelerate the generation of tissues. Being an individual who suffer from severe acne, I have also been told to use them as a facial scrubs, so all you people out there or anyone going through any skin problems, give it a try!

During the past few decades, inspired by the long traditional use and the increasing public recognition of the benefit of natural products, scientists have carried out extensive research. This has resulted in an improved understanding of the health effects and the comical composition of the berry. It is known that the berry is rich in multiple lipophilic and hydrophilic bioactive compounds such as Vitamin C and E, carotenoids, flavonoids, fatty acids, plant sterols, lignins and minerals.

According to the scientific research, the sea buckthorn fruit and leaves contain more than 200 bio-chemicals substances which are vital for human health. The perfect combination of the bioactive composition e.g. Vitamins, amino acids, flavones, serine, phosphate, amylase, alkaloids, unsaturated fatty acids, phenolic compounds, trace elements keep wonderful harmony with human requirements. The supper oxide dismutase (SOD) content is very high and for this reason sea buckthorn is called as "Miracle Plant" and as high potential for its use in medicine, health care and food products.

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