Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Terry, “My hands get so dry in the winter, to the point that my skin cracks open on my fingertips. Am I low on a certain oil or mineral? It is so painful – hoping you can help. Thanks!” — Cathy M., Sobieski, WI
A. Dear Cathy, I would recommend adding sea buckthorn oil to your daily regimen. Harvested in the Arctic Circle, sea buckthorn is a hardy plant with a very high concentration of nutrients due to the fact that it grows in such a harsh environment. Sea buckthorn oil contains over 200 nutrients including vitamin E, beta-carotene, tocotrienols and a very rare form of essential fatty acid called Omega-7.
Sea buckthorn oil has been clinically shown to improve the hydration capabilities of the skin and mucous membranes, helping to alleviate dryness and facilitate skin healing. Dose is important when it comes to sea buckthorn oil – start with the clinically studied dose of two 500 mg capsules, taken internally, twice daily. Give the sea buckthorn oil at least 2 to 3 months to work. As your skin improves, you may be able to reduce this to two 500 mg capsules once a day, but play it by ear—if your skin starts to get dry, you can always increase the dose again.
Terry . . . Naturally