SeabuckWonders® Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil Review

SeabuckWonders® Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil is marketed as an Omega-7 supplement that supports a variety of health benefits. This powerful oil has been said to help slow down the aging process as well as help with certain ailments. For a 1.76-ounce bottle, you will pay around $22.00 plus shipping (on Amazon).

SeabuckWonders Inc. was established in 1994 and is now a subsidiary of VitaminBuddy Inc. (est. 2004), and has been selling Sea Buckthorn products since before most Americans even knew what it was. VitaminBuddy and its subsidiaries are considered reputable companies, with an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website.

SeabuckWonders products are available at health food and supplement stores across the country (store locator), on their own website, http://www.seabuckwonders.com/products, or at online stores including Amazon and Tao of Herbs. Prices will vary.

Sea Buckthorn berrySeabuckWonders® Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil Claims [8]

Because of the high concentration of nutrients in sea buckthorn berries, SeabuckWonders can make a lot of claims about this oil. And a lot of them seem to match up with the science:

Maximum Omega-7 for skin, hair and nail health

Cell membrane nurturing

Gastrointestinal and liver health

Dental and gum health

Healthy inflammation response

Their product also claims to be 100 percent USDA certified organic, non-GMO verified, hexane-free, and kosher certified. According to the SeabuckWonders main site,

The berry oil is high in Omega-7, which can help moisturize cell membranes, has anti-inflammatory properties and can have a positive effect on blood insulin levels. This additional cellular moisture can help people with different dry-eye syndromes, vaginal dryness and dry skin conditions.

SeabuckWonders® Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil Ingredients [8]

Organic Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil.

shutterstock_517470250The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Seabuck Wonders® Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil

Sea Buckthorn has been used for millennia as a treatment for a variety of different ailments. Contrary to its name it does not come from the sea, but rather from a berry bush that is native to Asia and Europe. According to Mercola.com,

Its botanical name, Hippophae rhamnoides, means ‘tree that makes the horse shine,’ referring to its ability to improve the health of horses and make their hair shiny and smooth. It was also used to cure blindness in horses. [1]

The oil dates back to the Chinese Tang Dynasty (618-907) as a relief from sickness and pain. [5] Again, from Mercola.com:

It is renowned in Ayurvedic medicine as far back as 5,000 BC. In 12 BC, the ancient Greeks used it to treat various health issues. In Tibet, Russia, Mongolia, and China, sea buckthorn is known to help relieve cough, promote blood circulation, aid digestion, and alleviate pain. [1]

Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil offers a variety of health and wellness benefits, whether used topically or internally. The berry oil itself is loaded with key vitamins and minerals that the body needs for optimal function, such as Vitamin E, Omega-3,-6, -7, and -9, as well as linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid. [3]

Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil is used in skin care: the nutrients, and fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory agents in the berries can reduce age lines, and can accelerate wound repair. All kinds of skin damage, from cuts to burns (even radiation burns), seem to heal more quickly when treated with the oil. Enough evidence for this exists that apparently clinics are beginning to use it regularly because it’s reliable and safe. [7]

Stated from WebMD:

Some people apply sea buckthorn berries, berry concentrate, and berry or seed oil directly to the skin for preventing sunburn; for treating radiation damage from x-rays and sunburns; for healing wounds including bedsores, burns, and cuts; for acne, dry skin, dermatitis, eczema, skin ulcers, and skin color changes after giving birth; and for protecting mucous membranes. [3]

Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil is also rumored to prevent weight gain: one study about the other known benefits revealed that mice who were given the berry oil (dosage not stated) did not gain weight even when fed a high-fat diet. The pressure is on now for scientists to continue their research. [7]

Many people relate the Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil composition and similarities to that of Acai berry, and pomegranate berries. In the berry oil alone are over 190 phytonutrients and vitamins. The vitamin C content of the berry is over 12 times higher than an orange. It can be taken in capsule or softgel form as well —purchased, or you can buy empty cellulose (vegetarian) capsules and fill them with berry oil yourself—for the high Omega fatty acids it provides.

The Sea Buckthorn berry oil is said to be better than the actual juice because it contains more essential fatty acids than the juice does. The juice is also said to be more bitter, which essentially will be harder to take daily versus the oil. Either can be blended into smoothies, or taken daily in capsule form. [4]

NOTE: Sea Buckthorn produces oils from both the berries and the seeds. There are marked differences, not only in the appearance of the oils—berry oil is bright-to-dark orange, seed oil more yellow—but also in their nutritional makeup and in what they are used for. As this review is for the berry oil, we’ll touch just briefly here on the seed oil’s uses: cell repair and skin moisturizing qualities due to high concentration of alpha linolenic acids, and potential immune system aid and cancer-preventive qualities. It may also have a positive effect on blood pressure, but research is ongoing. [6]

Sea Buckthorn Berry OilWord on the Street About Seabuck Wonders® Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil

Most people said that they liked the outcome of what Sea Buckthorn berry oil does in general, and others said that it stained their skin when it was used topically, because it is a bright orange color. All in all, the product got positive ratings on Amazon and was given a passing grade by the many customers who have tried it out.

“Denise Rodriguez” said, “Quality of product is 5 stars but the taste is quite awful so I gave an overall rating of 4 stars.” [2]

“Cheryl Jones” said, “Product is good for nourishment of hair, skin and nails. Blends well for your smoothies or taken directly. I like it.” [2]

“Pet Pro” said, “Using this on my skin, with a little coconut oil, at night, it seems to help heal and soften the skin where I had some surgery and laser treatment. It is orange, and I put an old pillowcase on my pillow because it does come off a bit. But it does not stain your skin. I’m also taking this in capsule form because of the great Omegas!” [2]

One reviewer, “Stoobiwik,” did mention that diluting sea buckthorn oils with a carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, argan, etc) minimized skin-staining. [2]

The Bottom Line

ProsCons
·      Affordable

·      No bad side effects

·      Questionable taste

·      May stain skin

Is Seabuck Wonders® Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil Worth A Try?

Yes.There were no mentioned adverse side effects, and the berry oil is the company’s most popular purchase—with the science available to back up a fair portion of its claims, with more research ongoing.  The company gives a 30-day money back guarantee on all of their products if you are not satisfied, but only one item per order may be refunded.

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