We all love to have Healthy and Glowing Skin and do almost everything under the sun to achieve it. But did you know that right diet and supplement can do wonders for your skin, nails and hair? Sea Buckthorn has been traditionally used for a wide range of skin ailments for its revered nourishing, regenerative, and restorative actions. Sea Buckthorn oil is used superficially to assist in healing skin injuries, burns, wounds, eczema, lesions, sun damaged skin, and abrasions. Current studies are being performed on its ability to combat wrinkles, acute dryness and other symptoms of prematurely aged skin. This marvelous oil has copious amounts of Phytosterol, Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene, Anti-Oxidants, and Carotenoid which helps to substantiate its relatively high success rate as a skin repairing and conditioning oil.
Sea Buckthorn and Skin
This fruit is loaded with antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, and studies show that these two nutrient powerhouses can prevent wrinkles. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, one form of vitamin E, in particular, alpha tocopherol, reduced skin roughness, length of facial lines and the depth of wrinkles when applied topically. Check out this recent clinical study of sea buckthorn for skin care.
Of the essential omega fatty acids found in Sea Buckthorn, one of the main moisturizing essential fatty acids is Omega 7 palmitoleic acid. Palmitoleic Acid (Omega-7) is a natural component of skin. It is considered a valuable topical agent in treating burns and healing wounds. This EFA can also nourish the skin when taken orally if adequate quantities of sea buckthorn or its oil are consumed and has proven to be a useful method for treating systemic skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis. According to a 1999 study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, in tests on 49 people with atopic dermatitis, researchers observed significant improvement among those who took supplements containing sea buckthorn pulp oil every day for four months. They found that the treatment blocked the causes of the condition through the immune boosting properties of essential fatty acids, at the same time; the anti-inflammatory properties of it helped to calm and sooth the skin’s current condition. Read more about sea buckthorn’s omega-7.
Sea Buckthorn and Hair Health
Thinning hair? The fruit may also be used for benefiting the hair. “Essential omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamin A are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.” Sea Buckthorn is an excellent source of both, including Vitamin C which is another antioxidant that helps maintain skin & hair health. Vitamin C aids in improving scalp circulation since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair. Learn about using sea buckthorn for healthy, shiny hair.
Sea Buckthorn and Nail Health
According to Prescription for Nutritional Healing Third Edition written by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, deficiencies in vitamins and minerals can cause excessive dryness, and darkened nails, hang-nails, “spoon” nails and/or vertical ridges. Sea Buckthorn oil is packed with the above vitamins, minerals and nutrients essential fatty acids that lavishly moisturize, smooth, and strengthen your nails.
Historically, sea buckthorn has been used to support healthy skin, hair and nails. Its vitamin dense berries can have a powerful, but gentle impact on the skin. These hardy berries help nourish hair, and nails with powerful antioxidants and essential fatty acids, Omega 3,6,9 and the rare Omega 7 – a key building block to healthy skin, hair, and nails. In December of 2010, the ladies on The View recommended sea buckthorn for hair, skin, and nails.
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