Sea Buckthorn: The Other Source of Fatty Acids
Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) is an amazing botanical. It has been called a “nutrient bomb” because the seed, pulp and skin of the berry are packed with over 200 nutrients, including carotenoids, tocopherols, and essential fatty acids, including omega-3, omega-6, omega-9, and the much more elusive omega-7.
This review noted that while there are many attributes to sea buckthorn oil, and that they can work together, many of the positive effects have been connected to specific nutrients within the oil, rather than the entire botanical. That’s why it is important to select a sea buckthorn that has a complete profile of fatty acids, vitamins, and other nutrients from the seed, pulp, and entire berry: it is capable of providing the full potential of this remarkable plant.
Solà Marsiñach M, Cuenca AP. The impact of sea buckthorn oil fatty acids on human health. Lipids Health Dis. 2019;18(1):145.
The beneficial properties of fatty acids have been undervalued for several years. In contraposition, new studies reveal that fatty acids have an essential role for human health. The aim of the study is to demonstrate the clinical applications of fatty acids present in sea buckthorn oil. The composition of fatty acids found in sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil is unique for this species, presenting a vast range of health benefits for humans and therefore it is highly valued by both biomedicine and the cosmetic industry. In this way, we will see the clinical effect of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fatty acids that constitute sea buckthorn oil and how they contribute to the correct function of the organism. Despite there being studies that support the positive effects of sea buckthorn fatty acids, they are limited. Hence, most of the results obtained in this review are from studies of isolated fatty acids instead of fatty acids extracted from sea buckthorn oil. These facts permit to demonstrate the effect of sea buckthorn fatty acids separately but we lost the possibility of detecting a synergic effect of all of them. More studies are necessary to certify the clinical application of the fatty acids present in sea buckthorn oil as well as discovering possible synergies between them.