Juice, oil, tea or berries of sea buckthorn should never be missing at home. And do you know why? Because this plant is a precious source of antioxidants and shows anti-aging and antimicrobial properties, also able to support the immune system, as emerges from various scientific researches (Ivanisova et al, Acta Sci Pol Technol Aliment, 2020 - Larmo et al, AJCN, 2013).
Sea buckthorn is a valuable source of antioxidants such as polyphenols and carotenoids. However, in general, fresh fruit is not consumed but what we can find are products obtained from sea buckthorn, such as juices, dried berries, oil and tea prepared with fruits, leaves and twigs. That's why the researchers analyzed the properties of these sea buckthorn products to evaluate their anti-aging and antimicrobial action against certain types of bacteria such as salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, the cause of some infections affecting the skin, the respiratory and urinary tract, and Escherichia coli. What emerged was that all products derived from sea buckthorn have a high antioxidant and antimicrobial power, but sea buckthorn berry juice contains the greatest amount of polyphenols and carotenoids. As for the properties of sea buckthorn tea, it has been possible to observe that this drink protects the activity of macrophages, which are cells of the immune system that play a frontline role against attacks by bacteria and viruses. Finally, 20 grams of dried sea buckthorn berries taken daily for 30 days were able to reduce triglycerides and bad cholesterol, just like 4 grams of sea buckthorn oil taken in capsule form.