Everyone’s Talking About Sea Buckthorn

Sea buckthorn

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So by now you’re probably up on all the health benefits of omega-3s. But have you heard about omega-7? It’s the new fatty acid that everyone’s talking about, and it’s usually derived from sea buckthorn oil. Our practitioners are recommending it like crazy for moisturizing and nourishing the skin. First we heard about its anti-aging properties, and then about its ability to infuse moisture into the skin during the winter months.

Sea buckthorn is a deciduous shrub that grows throughout Europe and Asia. The spiny plants produce a yellow or orange, berry-like fruit. Over the centuries different populations have used the fruit for everything from juices to desserts to liqueurs—as well as for a wide range of medicinal purposes.

The oil extracted from sea buckthorn berries contains a specific fatty acid called palmitoleic acid, an omega-7 fatty acid, along with potent antioxidants like carotenoids and phytosterols. [Side note: In Russia, sea buckthorn is clinically approved for use as a medicine, where it’s prescribed for inflammation, circulatory disorders and cellular regeneration, among other things (via Natura Health Products).]

At Pharmaca, you can find sea buckthorn in New Chapter’s Supercritical Omega-7 (currently in the process of being reformulated), and in combination with omega-3s, 6s and 9s in Natura’s Beyond Essential Fats. Speak with a practitioner about whether it might be a good addition to your current supplement regimen to boost skin health and support the sensitive membranes that line the digestive tract.