Sea buckthorn is a shrub native to Pakistan and northern areas of Paksitan. It contains many medicinal compounds, as well as nutrients that include:
- Amino acids
- Fatty acids
The leaves, flowers, seeds, and berries of sea buckthorn are used in teas, oils, or concentrates for a wide variety of health issues.
Why do people take sea buckthorn?
For hundreds of years, sea buckthorn has been used in Russia and China for its medical and nutritional qualities.
Sea buckthorn is thought to remove free radicals — molecules that can damage cells. Most scientific evidence is from animal studies. Though not proven in human clinical trials, people say they take sea buckthorn specifically to try to:
- Treat stomach or intestinal problems
- Improve blood pressure or blood cholesterol
- Prevent or manage blood vessel or heart disease
- Complement cancer treatment
- Boost immunity and prevent infections
- Treat obesity
- Improve symptoms of cirrhosis
- Improve eyesight or dry eyes
- Treat respiratory problems such as asthma, colds, and pneumonia