Research on Human Stem Cells
Recent research by scientists on human stem cells have also found the beneficial effects of seabuckthorn berry extracts on human stem cells helping to speed up the internal process of repair and rejuvenation of cells where ever necessary concluding that it has anti ageing benefits as well.
Seabuckthorn Contains Lipids
Lipids provide the body with fuel; aid in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, act as energy store houses within cells. Lipids provide protective padding for body structures and organs and serve as building blocks for all cell membranes.
Rich in Vitamin-C
Studies have proven that the vitamin C content of Seabuckthorn is 4 – 100 fold higher than many other fruits or vegetables ( Lu Rongsen, 2003)
Rich in Antioxidants
Seabuckthorn fruit and leaves have been found rich in antioxidants like superoxide dimutase enzyme, vitamin C, E, carotenoids and flavoniods. (Yang and Kallio 2002).
High in Vitamin-K
Vitamin K plays an essential role in normal clotting and helps promote bone health. Without sufficient amounts of Vitamin K hemorrhaging can occur. Deficiencies may appear in infants, or in people who take anticoagulants or antibiotic drugs. Vitamin K is called the coagulation vitamin and plays a catalytic role in forming of prothrombonin and hence it promotes normal coagulation of the blood during the injuries of blood vessels.
Rich Source of-Flavonoids
Seabuckthorn fruit and leaves are a very rich source of flavonoids. Flavonoids have been found to possess very strong antioxidant activity. It has been found that flavonoids improve the immunity of the body, lower the osmosis of the capillary wall and prevent oxidation of Vitamin C, control arterioscelerosis, reducing cholesterol level, turning hyperthyroidism into euthyroidism and eliminating inflammation. They have also been found effective against tumour and radiation damage. (In Mingyu et al 1998).
Anti Viral Activities of Seabuckthorn Leaf Extract
Seabuckthorn leaves have been found to have high content of polyphenols including tannins. A chemotherapeutic study of dry purified tannin fraction and individual components has revealed a high activity in respect to a wide spectrum of viruses : Influenza viruses/A (H1N1, H2N2,H13N6, H3N2) and B/Singapore/222/79, Herpes Simplex Viruses(HSV), Strain L2, Paramyxovirus infections, adenoviruses type 2, cytomegalo viruses and other viruses pathogenic for human beings and animals. (Shipulina 1999)
Hydrolyzable tannins of seabuckthorn have shown significant anti hepatotoxic action, inhibiting glutanic- pyruvic transaminase (Hikino et al 1985)
Seabuckthorn extract has considerable anti fat liver effects.
Polyphenolic Compounds of Seabuckthorn
Polyphenolic compounds of Seabuckthorn possess an anti oxidant activity. They inhibit the growth of tumors and exhibit a radioprotective action.
Neutralizes Free Radicals
Free radicals have also been implicated in the development of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimers’s disease. Seabuckthorn fruit and leaves are quite rich in flavonoids which neutralize these free radicals.
Like Vitamin E, Carotenoids belong to the group of lipophilic antioxidants present in Lipoproteins. Carotenoids are well known for their wide distribution in the plant kingdom. Out of 600 Carotenoids known in nature 39 have been identified in seabuckthorn.
Wound Healing, Good Eyesight, Good Growth
Carotenoids improve the metabolic normalization and regenerates the injured tissues. Deficiency of Carotenoids in human foods leads to poor growth, weak eyesight, decreases intolerance to diseases and affects the mucus membrane of gastrointestinal tract.
Carotenoids are effective remedies against burn, frostbites, ulcers and various gynaecological problems. (Mashkovski 1997)
Carotenoids raise physical and physiological capacity to work in stress conditions.(Bogdanov et al 1986)
Cancers and Healthy Skin
Carotenoids are a major source of Vitamin A. Carotenoids particularly B-Carotene and Cantaxathine act as anti-carcinogen and anti-swelling, therefore safeguard from some kinds of skin cancers. (Kertangi etal 1984)
Effects on Cardiovascular Diseases
A number of studies have been carried out on the effects of flavonoids of Seabuckthorn on cardiovascular diseases, and reveal that they have a positive inotropic effect, improve cardiac performance, decrease peripheral resistance and do not increase heart rate. Total flavonoids of Seabuckthorn has a curative effect on angina pectoris and also anti arrhythmic effect.Seabuckthorn extract has considerable anti myocardial ischemiac, anti hyperlipemia and anti fat liver effects.
Essential Constituents of Seabuckthorn - In Brief
This is an antioxidant which is very good for growth and bone development and strengthens the immune system. It is useful in promoting healthy cell growth and essential for healthy eyes and skin.
Promotes growth, protects the heart muscle, stimulates the action of the brain, is important for the functioning of the nervous system, helps in digestion of carbohydrates.
Also known as Riboflavin. It is essential for general health and growth.
Also known as Pyridoxine. It works to produce energy from fats and proteins. Helps in the absorption of Vitamin B12. Important for healthy function of brain and nervous system.
Without the range of B Vitamins the human body cannot convert fuel to energy and our skin and hair would deteriorate. If you are lacking energy you could possibly be lacking enough of the B Vitamins which because they are water soluble are required every day. They don’t store in the body to fill any deficiencies that may occur. Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, and pantothenic acid, serve as coenzymes to the enzymes that release energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Vitamin B6 assists enzymes that metabolize amino acids.
Vitamin B12 has been shown to reduce homocysteine levels as has vitamin B6. Supplementation of these vitamins to augment low dietary intakes of folic acid B6 and B12 offers a convenient way to ensure that optimal intakes of these vitamins are achieved while offering an economical means to ensure optimalcardio vascular health maintainence and reduction of neural tube defects bduring pregnancy.
This is a water soluble vitamin also known as ascorbic acid, and functions as an antioxidant. It is essential to prevent Scurvy.
Promotes normal bone and teeth formation by ensuring the active absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Sunshine is also a major source of Vitamin D.
This is an essential nutrient that functions as an antioxidant in the human body. Vitamin E enhances immune response and regulates platelet aggregation.
This is called the coagulation Vitamin. It is required to make a substance called prothrombin which is then converted to thrombin. Thrombin in turn converts fibrinogen to fibrin which then creates the blood clot.Antioxidants
The process that causes a nail to rust or even a chopped apple to turn brown is called oxidation. It is the same process that occurs in ones body with each breath one takes.
When free radicals attack, the result can vary from a small boil to a mighty cancer or from a slight irritation to asthma or some lifelong allergic disorder. As free radicals hit the tiny drops of LDL (Low density Lipo Proteins) cholesterol in your blood it is oxidized. The cholesterol turns sticky and attaches to rough spots on the walls of arteries causing them to block and cause heart attack if unchecked.
Seabuckthorn is rich in antioxidants.
Phytonutrients are a step beyond vitamins and minerals and are necessary to achieve good health. Seabuckthorn is also rich in these phytonutrients such as flavonoides, carotenoides, catechin and phenols.
Protein and Amino Acids
Seabuckthorn is rich in proteins and amino acids. Amino acids are able to make millions of proteins by combining with each other in various combinations. The vegetarian or non vegetarian sources do not supply all the essential amino acids such as contained in seabuckthorn.
Seabuckthorn is rich in minerals such as Zinc, Calcium, Iron,
Zinc: A critical role Zinc plays is the synthesis of the nucleic acids RNA & DNA which are essential for cell division, cell repair and cell growth. It is also essential for Bone health, enzyme function, proper immune function and prostaglandin synthesis.
Seabuckthorn Leaf Extract
Seabuckthorn boosts immunity as experimental studies on Seabuckthorn leaf extracts and seabuckthorn juice have shown it possesses a wide spectrum of anti viral activities in respect of Influenza Viruses A and B, Adeno viruses, Paramixoviruses, Herpes virus, Cytomegaloviruses, HIV viruses, and anti microbial activity against gram positive and gram negative and other pathogenic bacteria and fungi.
Recent research on human stem cells have also found the beneficial effects of seabuckthorn berry extracts on human stem cells concluding that it has anti ageing benefits as well.
Herbal Extracts in Immunosash
T. cordifolia or Giloy
T. cordifolia or Giloy for example is known for its various medicinal properties including anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and anti-allergic properties. In vitro experiments have shown anticancer potential for T. cordifolia .
According to ancient Ayurvedic lexicons, GILOY or T. cordifolia is also referred to as “amrita”. The term “amrita” is ascribed to this plant due to its ability to impart youthfulness, vitality and longevity. T. cordifolia is well known in modern medicine for its adaptogenic, immunomodulatory and anti-oxidant activities.
Andrographis paniculata, commonly known as bhunimba and kalmegha in Sanskrit, A. paniculata extract contains diterpenes, flavonoids and stigmasterols.
Its anti-HIV activity has also been reported and Studies have shown that A. paniculata is a potent stimulator of the immune system and that it activates both the antigen-specific and non-specific immune responses . Due to its ability to activate both types of immune response, A. paniculata is a potent chemoprotective agent and is effective against a variety of infectious and oncogenic agents . A. Paniculuta or Kalmegh extracts have been shown to have anti-oncogenic properties.
Ziziphus nummularia, also known as Bhukamtaka Sukhsharanphala in Sanskrit, harbor in Hindi and have been shown to have antitumor activity.
Centella asiatica, known as Mandukaparni in Sanskrit, brahmamanduki in Hindi is another plant that has shown potential as an anticancer agent.
Tumeric has also been shown to inhibit tumor cell invasion and metastasis in vitro.
Curcuma longa is popularly known as turmeric in English, haridra in Sanskrit and haldi in Hindi. The rhizome of the plant is traditionally used in cooking. The active ingredient of this plant is curcumin, a polyphenol derived from the rhizome of the plant. Turmeric is used for both cancer prevention and treatment. The anticancer potential of curcumin is associated with its ability to inhibit proliferation in a wide variety of tumor cell types.
Pippali is most renowned for its effectiveness against conditions affecting respiratory tract, in bronchial asthma , a counter-irritant ,eases inflammation, helps improves lung strength and helps fight infections by virtue of its antibacterial properties.
Phyllanthus amarus or Bhumi Amla contains various lignans, flavanoids and tannins, and evidence suggests that P. amarus extract may exert antitumor effects
Withania somnifera (Linn.) known as Ashwagandha in Sanskrit and Hindi has been used in the Indian traditional system of medicine Ayurveda, and the plant is marketed world-wide because of its medicinal properties. W. somnifera extract is suggested to modulate a variety of biological responses. Therefore, it has been extensively used in many indigenous preparations for its anti-ageing, aphrodisiac, cardiotonic, thyro-regulatory, anti-peroxidative, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, anti-stress, anti-oxidant, immuno-modulatory, hemopoietic, and rejuvenating properties W. somnifera has been in use in the Indian traditional system of medicine for ages for its energy-promoting and anti-stress benefits .
Cedrus deodara (deodar cedar, himalayan cedar, or deodar in Hindi Bark of the Cedrus deodara is a good remedy in remittent and intermittent fevers, inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, ulcers, diarrhea and dysentery .
Boswellia serrata or Salai guggulu is a deciduous middle sized tree. A number of pharmacological properties of the gum have been documented.
Glycyrrihza Glabra (Mulethi) in ayurveda is known to boost immunity and helps keep the respiratory tract healthy,and is useful in conditions such as cough, bronchitis and can also reduce the effects of chronic asthma.