Although small and bitter, sea buckthorn fruits have an exceptional therapeutical value. They can be picked or bought from markets starting at the end of the summer and ending with autumn.
White sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnosides) has an impressive nutritional complex. Few of us know that sea buckthorn grains are very rich in calcium (211.8 mg%), magnesium (186.1 mg%) and phosphorus (194.4 mg%).
They also contain vitamins that have strong antioxidant properties: vitamin C (up to 2 500 mg%), vitamin A (380 mg%), vitamin E (16 mg%) and vitamin D (20 mg%). Sea buckthorn contains all the vitamins in the B complex, except for B12, and 18 amino acids. It is extremely rich in antioxidants such as polyphenols, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, and lycopene.
Sea buckthorn oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids: 80-90% oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitoleic acid, heptadecanoic and erucic acid.
Experts say that sea buckthorn should be seen as a real nutritional supplement, rich in multivitamins, multi-minerals, and probiotics, and that, despite numerous studies being done around the world, the therapeutical and prophylactic capacity of this superfood has not been fully exploited yet.
Sea buckthorn regenerates, prevents aging symptoms, reinvigorates, stimulates, heals and defends the organism from numerous diseases. These wild fruits are indicated in all the affections that are caused by vitamin or mineral deficiencies. They are also a valuable help for individuals that are weakened, both young and elders, due to its tonic effects.
How to prepare sea buckthorn with honey
One of the best ways of storing and administrating sea buckthorn is in the form of syrup. It can be prepared at home easily, by following a recipe that helps keep the nutrients intact. Syrup turns out to be much sweeter and healthier if honey is used instead of white sugar.
- 1 kg of sea buckthorn
- 500 g of poly floral honey
How to prepare it
Fresh sea buckthorn should be used – if you can pick it yourself and prepare the syrup immediately after, that is a perfect choice. Keep only the healthy and ripe grains, wash them well and pass them through the fruit juicer.
The juice obtained is put in a blender, after which honey is added. Blend for a few minutes, enough for it to homogenize. Repeat the action every three hours. After 24 hours, put the syrup in bottles, seal tightly and keep them at low temperatures.
How to use it
To prevent diseases, strengthen overall health and improve immunity, a tasty drink is prepared using 30 ml of syrup and 150 ml of water (plain or mineral). It has antiflu, immunostimulatory, antiviral, anticarcinogen, anti-aging, antioxidant and hormone-balancing effects.
For serious diseases, one teaspoon of sea buckthorn (undiluted) is consumed three times a day, 15 minutes before meals.
Keep in mind that sea buckthorn has energizing effects and should not be used right before trying to get some rest.
When it is all said and done, sea buckthorn’s properties are beyond impressive: a small fruit that few others can match in the richness of nutrients; it is perhaps time we all gave it more attention.