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Ingredients:  Sea buckthorn oil (from seeds and soft parts, manufactured by supercritical CO2 extraction) 72%, capsule shell (modified maize starch E1440, glycerol E422, gelling agent: carrageenan E407, acidity regulator: disodium phosphate E339, colours: iron oxide E172, titanium dioxide E171)

Sea Buckthorn

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The berry of sea buckthorn has for hundreds of years been valued and used as a source of nutrients.

The oil of sea buckthorn berry contains fatty acids of virtually all important series, omega-3, -7 and -9 and is exceptionally rich in palmitoleic acid (omega-7), rarely found in the plant kingdom. The oil is also rich in natural antioxidants; tocopherols, tocotrienols, carotenoids and plant sterols. Antioxidants inhibit harmful oxidation of fatty acids in cell membranes. Plant sterols may be of benefit to cholesterol metabolism.

Working synergistically, the nutrients in sea buckthorn oil support general well-being and may help maintain the health and integrity of cell membranes, especially in mucous membranes and skin.

Sea Buckthorn Oil (Omega 7)

Omega-7 fatty acids help to prevent vaginal dryness in menopausal women

Omega-7 fatty acids promote normal immune function, and inhibit the development of inflammatory disorders.

Omega-7 fatty acids can offer help for dry eyes

What are Omega-7 fatty acids?

Omega-7 fatty acids are extracted from berries of the sea buckthorn plant (Hippopae rhamnoides), a shrub originating in the Himalayas. Most of the research into the sea buckthorn plant has been carried out by Chinese and Russian scientists, and sea buckthorn is widely used in health products and cosmetics in these countries. More recently, the beneficial potential of the sea buckthorn plant has been increasingly recognized in Europe and North America The oil extracted from sea buckthorn berries is a rich source of the essential polyunsaturated omega-7 fatty acids (PUFAs), palmitoleic acid and cis-vaccenic acid. Relatively few plant species are good sources of these essential PUFAs. In addition to the omega-7 PUFAs, sea buckthorn oil is a good source of the PUFAs alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3 type), linoleic acid (omega-6 type), and oleic acid (omega-9 type), as well as containing high levels of antioxidants (tocopherols, tocotrienols, carotenoids plant sterols and vitamin C).

What do omega-7 fatty acids do?

Mucous membranes line the surface of the digestive system, the respiratory tract, and the urino-genital tracts. The essential PUFAs and antioxidants present in sea buckthorn oil act synergistically in maintaining healthy mucous membranes throughout the body. The omega-7 PUFA palmitoleic acid is of particular importance, because it confers fluidity to the membrane, whilst having a low susceptibility to oxidation. Lipid peroxidation by free radicals results in the disintegration of membranes and a resultant loss of function, leading to ulceration of the digestive tract, a disturbed epidermal barrier in the skin (resulting in impaired wound healing and dermatitis), and dryness of the genital tract lining (particularly in menopausal women). Omega-7 PUFAs, together with the other classes of omega PUFAs present in sea buckthorn oil (and their metabolites) play an important role in regulating immune function and the inflammatory response. Thus omega-7 fatty acids promote tissue regeneration and anti-inflammatory action in the skin and mucosa.

Clinical studies have shown omega-7 fatty acids to have the following benefits:

  • Omega-7 fatty acids help to prevent vaginal dryness in menopausal women
  • Omega-7 fatty acids promote normal immune function, and inhibit the development of inflammatory disorders.

What evidence is there for the efficacy of Omega-7 fatty acids?

(i) Healthy mucous membranes/vaginal dryness: The benefits of omega-7 PUFAs in maintaining healthy mucous membranes, and in reducing vaginal dryness in menopausal women have been reviewed by Yang & Kallio (2002).

(ii) Skin inflammation: A randomized controlled trial has demonstrated the benefit of supplementation with sea buckthorn on symptoms of patients with atopic dermatitis (Yang et al, 1999).

How much Omega-7 fatty acids should you take?

The recommended intake for palmitoleic acid is 240mg/day.

Are there adverse effects from taking Omega-7 fatty acids?

No significant adverse effects have been reported for Omega-7 fatty acids.


Yang B, Kallio H (2002) Composition and physiological effects of sea buckthorn lipids. Trends in Food Sci Technol; 13: 160-167.

Manufacturer:  Pharma Nord
Quantity:  150 vege caps

Price:  £28.50

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