Sea Buckthorn Source of Omega 7
Out of the shadows of history has emerged the story of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)- Hippophae, translated, means “Shiny Horse”. Legend is that after a successful military campaign, the victorious Greeks were amazed to discover that the deserted and wounded horses of their enemy survived miraculously after taking shelter in a nearby jungle. More shocking than their survival, was that the horses emerged from this area stronger than ever with a striking feature: shiny and radiant hair.
Most people have heard of the essential fatty-acids Omega 3,6,and 9. Omega 3 is found in flax and fish oils, Omega 6 in borage and evening primrose, and Omega 9 in olives. Omega 7 (palmitoleic acid) is in Sea Buckthorn. Omega 7 is a naturally occurring component of healthy skin and is a highly effective antioxidant providing strong anti-aging support because of its ability to rein-in free radicals. It is also a strong emollient – a substance that soothes and moisturizes the skin and promotes the regeneration of tissues.
While modern studies report these benefits for the skin, ancient texts also reveal an extensive history of traditional use of Sea Buckthorn in Tibet & Mongolia for the body’s sensitive internal organs – in particular the mucous membranes that line the stomach/GI tract, upper respiratory tract and vagina. The ability of this botanical to help moisturize and sooth these sensitive internal areas in addition to its external skin benefits has made it a staple of traditional herbal systems.
Sea Buckthorn berries and seeds are also a source of Omega, 3, 6 and 9 – making it the optimal form of essential fatty-acid supplementation. It is one that everyone should consider incorporating into their skin and membrane health routine. It is truly a super food and great for beautiful hair.
Modern science has a special technology called Supercritical CO2 extraction which does not use hexane and other industrial solvents. This system delivers the full spectrum of constituents without any harsh solvent residues. It is important to find Omega 7 that has used this process for extraction. It is gentle with a low heat, low oxygen environment. One excellent source is New Chapter’s Omega 7.