Holy Fruit! The Curious Case of Sea Buckthorn Berry

I think I need a NaturalNews mocking tag, given that it’s where I’m getting a lot of my material from nowadays.

*makes NaturalNews category*

Eh, good enough.

Anyways! Today, for you guys, we have the newest panacea against cancer, memory loss, and diabetes, among others. Let us get started!

With environmental pollutants, radiation, stress and chemicals bombarding us at every turn, […]

Uh, duh? If the sun’s hitting your skin, you’re getting radiation. If you’re inside of your house, you’re getting radiation. And if you’re alive, you’re surrounded by and consuming chemicals all day long.

One of the most dangerous is dihydrogen monoxide. Dihydrogen monoxide has been consumed by those who commit serious crimes such as murder, and has been linked to over 4,000 deaths a year!

BEWARE OF THE CHEMICALS!!!

[S]imply consuming a clean diet isn’t enough to ensure health – additional fortification with nutrient-dense superfoods is often required to avoid serious disease and illness.

If you’re in the developed world, you really don’t need “nutrient-dense superfoods”. Most of us can get necessary nutrients in our daily diet without really trying. If you did happen to have a deficiency (or if you have a special dietary regimen that lacks certain vitamins/minerals, e.g. vegan diets), your doctor should recommend some. Furthermore, there’s such thing as toxicity due to overdosing on vitamins/minerals. Google “iron toxicity” if you don’t believe me.

Luckily, a bright orange Himalayan berry can tackle many of our modern health issues and encourage a robust future.

Berries can get rid of cancer and AIDS?

Sea buckthorn fruit is loaded with over 190 bioactive compounds, including omega-3 and omega-7 fatty acids – the latter is a rare fat in the plant kingdom which is beneficial for weight loss and healing the gastrointestinal tract. The berry is considered one of the world’s most balanced fruits, providing powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. Rich in beta-carotene, flavonoids and vitamins C, D, E and K, sea buckthorn also contains a substantial complex of B vitamins and 20 minerals. Moreover, it supplies between 4-100 times more vitamin C than any other fruit or vegetable. With such an impressive nutritional profile, it’s no wonder the fruit has long been considered a healing treasure in the mountainous Himalayan regions in which it grows.

Some things:

  1. You can get omega-3 and omega-7 in fish. It’s probably cheaper too.
  2. Source for omega-7 being “beneficial for weight loss and healing the gastrointestinal tract”, plox.
  3. Who’s calling the sea buckthorn berry “one of the world’s most balanced fruits”, and why should one person’s claim automatically make it fact?
  4. Our bodies can make Vitamin D (sun) and Vitamin K (E. coli in our gut) on our own. Why do we need more of it? Also, isn’t Vitamin D fat soluble?
  5. Why would we need that much Vitamin C? You do realize that any additional Vitamin C that we consume and that isn’t needed is urinated out daily, right?
  6. Who considers the fruit to be a “healing treasure”? And why should we accept your appeal to tradition claim?

Inquiring minds want to know!

A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered the berry reduced post-meal blood sugar spikes. The researchers believe sea buckthorn is beneficial in keeping blood sugar levels stable and protecting against type 2 diabetes.

I believe this is the study in question.

Ten participants and four meals? Really? That’s a large enough sample size and a large enough trial period to say “yep, prevents type 2 diabetes, done!”?

Color me unimpressed.

The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry reports that participants who took sea buckthorn oil supplements daily over the course of four months experienced significant improvement in their atopic dermatitis (a form of eczema).

Study in question, only sixteen participants.

Similarly, a study in Food and Chemical Toxicology found sea buckthorn oil applied topically to burn wounds in rats markedly accelerated healing.

Study in question, seven days, no idea on how many rats were involved.

And a review published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology states:

“Sea buckthorn has been scientifically analyzed and many of its traditional uses have been established using several biochemical and pharmacological studies. Various pharmacological activities such as cytoprotective, anti-stress, immunomodulatory, hepatoprotective, radioprotective, anti-atherogenic, anti-tumor, anti-microbial and tissue regeneration have been reported.”

Study in question, this looks like a systematic review, and I don’t know what studies they used to conduct this review.

Also, this is probably not really that worthy to note, but the systematic review was done in India, and I’m not sure if India’s known for its high quality of studies as a whole, whether medical or whatnot.

Sea buckthorn is also helpful for:

  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Rosacea
  • Mental clarity and memory
  • Endurance
  • Vision
  • Healthy skin and hair
  • Respiratory function

[citations sorely needed]

Preferably one with at least 100 subjects, for example, and a long trial period.

Also, seriously, how bad can you be if you think that a study with less than twenty participants is a large enough sample size to proclaim health benefits from some random berry, but cry fowl when over 600+ independent studies show that GMOs are perfectly safe and won’t kill us?

I guess all of that confirmation bias gets to your head.

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