I was grocery shopping last week at my local Metro grocery store and was happily shocked to see a new super food in their frozen fruit section. That "super fruit" was Sea Buckthorn. I was even more surprised to learn that this new super food is even produced locally in Ontario by Boreal Naturals! https://www.facebook.com/borealwinery/
Until now, I’ve only seen this super food as a supplement. That means capsules or shelf stable liquid. Although these forms will have their benefits it is not the natural, whole food form which I always recommend. In the Himalayas, this super food is even dubbed “Holy Fruit”. Here’s why...
Sea Buckthorn has many benefits. It is possibly the only known source of all four omegas -3,6,7, and 9! This little berry is also chocked full of antioxidants - Vitamin A, C, E, to be exact. Antioxidants combat free radicals which also makes this little powerhouse great at protecting and fighting against cancer while even improving liver function!
What about gut function? Well, sea buckthorn can do that too! The nutrients in this berry assist the body with repairing the mucosal lining of the gut while reducing intestinal inflammation. This will help anyone with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s or Colitis, and leaky gut.
In addition to all of this, the berries are also loaded with the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus. They are also rich in many B vitamins. All of these nutrients make sea buckthorn great for skin health! Sea buckthorn is even the star ingredient in my favourite skin care product! Sea Buckthorn Best Skin Ever Beware! This little berry is very bitter and often avoided because of its taste. Don’t worry, I’ve got a recipe for you that masks the bitterness and gets this superfood into your diet in its whole food form!
SEA BUCKTHORN SMOOTHIE
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup mango (frozen)
1/2 cup sea buckthorn berries (frozen)
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tsp maca powder (optional)
1 navel orange
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!