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What is Seabuckthorn?

Heaven’s Holy Fruit

Heaven’s Fruit, the wonder berry from the Himalayas- wild seabuckthorn is known as nature’s most balanced fruit. Sea buckthorn thrives in the harsh conditions and high altitudes of the Himalayas. Sea buckthorn is a very beautiful, golden and orange berry; the roots of sea buckthorn bushes go down 200 feet deep into the ground, in order to gather nutrition for survival in the harsh climate of the Himalayas.

Seabuckthorn contains more than 190 biologically active compounds. Included in these 190 nutrients, many of which being water soluble cannot be stored by the human body and are essentially required by the body every single day,  are  Vitamins and minerals  and,  Omega 3, 6, 9, and the rare omega 7,   42 Lipids,   Organic Acids ,   Amino Acids,    Folic Acid,   Tocopherols,    Flavonoids and antioxidants.

Until very recently Seabuckthorn products have not been commercially available in India and elsewhere in the world. The awareness regarding seabuckthorn and its immense benefits is however growing daily. Extensive research findings are being published regularly from various parts of the world such as USA, Russia, Germany and India and this is generating a great deal of awareness regarding the immense benefits of seabuckthorn.

History & Facts of Seabuckthorn

According to scientific studies all medicinal properties of sea buckthorn are similar to the legendary Sanjivani Booti which was used to revive Lord Shree Ram’s younger brother Lakshman Ji. That’s why it is also called Sanjivini Booti.

 

 

Mongolian emperor Changez Khan was a great emperor of 13th century. He had faith on his three powers – a well arranged army, strong discipline and sea buckthorn. Changez Khan regularly used to give sea buckthorn to his soldiers and their horses for increasing their strength and stamina.

 

 

Sea buckthorn is known by it’s Greek name “Hippophae rhamnoides” which literally translated means “shiny horse “. The Greeks used to give sea buckthorn to their race horses and war horses for better health and shiny hair.

 

 

Nutritional compounds and health benefits of sea buckthorn have been mentioned from centuries ago in medicinal books of Europe and Asia. The ancient Tibetan medical book of 18th century “Sibu Yidian” describes sea buckthorn’s health benefits and nutritional compounds on 30 of it’s pages.

 

 

Sea buckthorn is the main part of diet for Chinese Olympians. And in 2008 Olympics at Beijing, sea buckthorn was the “National Drink”.

 

 

 

There are now more than 120 scientific research studies on sea buckthorn for its number of health benefits. There is an extensive body of research on Seabuckthorn from all over the world. Clinical trials have established that it is a wonder berry and the super fruit of the century.

Endorsement of seabuckthorn

In India, The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has endorsed and recognizes the immense benifits  of Seabuckthorn. It recommends seabuckthorn for solders of the Indian Army especially those serving in high altitudes.

In The West well known personalities such as Dr Oz on “The Dr Oz Show, Oprah Winfrey on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, Dr Ro the health Guru, Melissa Walsh the celebrity makeup artist and many more have endorsed the beneficial effects of seabuckthorn for health and beauty.

Some Clinical Research references on Seabuckthorn

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