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How Sea Buckthorn Berries Can Help You Stay Healthy

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 5 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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The sea buckthorn berry is very quickly becoming a popular and fast selling product.Normally found on coastal areas of many areas in Europe and some parts of Asia, the plant includes berries which are now being cultivated to sell to the general public who have discovered that these berries can be potentially very good for health and are purchasing them more frequently than ever before.

The most common form of the plant is also called Hippophae Rhamnoides and the female of the species produces succulent and juicy orange berries.

What Do The Berries Contain?

In general the berries contain extremely high levels of vitamin C, though vitamins A and E and amino acids have also been found in many varieties of the plant.Although definite research into their exact health benefits have not been fully carried out and evaluated, it is generally assumed that due to their high content of vitamin C that they must have some benefit to health and can be enjoyed in many products.

How Can The Berries Help Encourage Good Health?

Vitamin C is essential for many bodily functions and developments. It is now known to help prevent some forms of cancer, help keep tissues healthy, act as an anti-oxidant and also prove essential in the absorption of other vital vitamins and minerals in the body.

A lack of vitamin C may have serious consequences to health and most people will find that by eating a healthy diet containing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables enough to consume the required amount of vitamin C to stay healthy, otherwise a wide range of supplementary forms of vitamin C are available.

The anti-oxidant properties may be proved to help eliminate some of the harmful chemicals found in the body that may affect the heart and its function.

Sea buckthorn berries have also been found to be beneficial in preventing narrowing of the arteries caused by a build-up of cholesterol. Compounds in the berries are now being derived and used in health supplements specifically for this reason.

In What Forms Can The Berries Be Consumed By Humans?

Sea Buckthorn berries are a common source of nutrition for a great deal of wildlife, birds in particular, but when they are eaten by humans they tend to be very bitter and quite unpleasant and may need to be used as an additive to other types of food in the diet.They can however be used in jams, purees, smoothies, juice drinks and in other fruit puddings.

It is not uncommon for them to be found in cosmetic products either as the fruits can be pressed and separated into different consistencies and used in creams, lotions and other beauty products.

Sea buckthorn berries are a fairly recent discovery in the western world though they have been consumed in many products through the orient and other parts of Asia for many years.Researchers are now trying to determine the exact health benefits of the berries and which method of extracting the beneficial components is the most effective for ensuring these good qualities are not lost.

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