Overvalued in antiquity, undervalued in modern times, over the last years sea-buckthorn is finally assuming the prominent place it deserves among the treasures of nature. The age-old plant grows even in the most barren lands, while its fruit is rich beyond the wildest imagination. Its name comes from ancient history, when it was observed that the injured horses of Alexander the Great that consumed leaves of this plant had shiny hair. The Greek word "Phaos" means glow, light and it seems that these small fruit enclose the glow of nature.
It is considered a super food because it has a strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic and healing action. Sea-buckthorn provides toning, well-being and energy and strengthens the immune and nervous systems. It contains more than 190 nutrients, such as:
- vitamin C, which - among other things - contributes to iron absorption and enhances the body's immune system
- vitamin E, which prevents cell ageing, helps oxygenate tissues and strengthens the reproductive system
- all B complex vitamins, all the necessary metals for the body, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, potassium, selenium and zinc, essential for mental and physical health
- unsaturated fatty acids (omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9) necessary for the good function of the brain, the nervous, immune and reproductive system, while protecting against cardiovascular diseases, limiting bad cholesterol in blood and offering a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action.
Since hippophaes has only recently entered our lives, we have not tried out any recipes yet, but we would love to hear from you. We have been told about sausages, biscuits and breads.
Did you know that...
- The decoction of hippophaes is also exceptional: put 5 fruits in boiled water, simmer for 3 minutes and after it cools down, strain and drink it.
- It is the only fruit containing more than 15 active antioxidants, and therefore one of the top anticancer foods in the world.
- It has preventive action against eye diseases, such as cataract and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
- It detoxifies the body, oxygenates cells and helps manage premature ageing.
- Due to its content of fatty acids and aminoacids it contributes to the smooth functioning of the digestive system and accelerates metabolism, it optimises calorie burning, while it also creates the sense of being full.