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Seabuckthorn is a spiny shrub that posesses berries with high nutritional content. Seabuckthorn has been used in traditional Chinese health remedies/treatments and current research is now beginning to understand and support the traditional uses.
Seabuckthorn has several environmental uses, including preventing and controlling soil erosion and land desertification. There are many therapeutic uses of seabuckthorn berries and leaves.
Most of the research focuses on the health benefits relating to tumours, circulatory health, natural resistance and defence, liver cirrhosis, stomach digestive disorders and many benefits for the skin. This research review focuses on both environmental and health application of seabuckthorn based on the current research available.
Seabuckthorn has been used in traditional Chinese remedies/treatments since the Tang Dynasty, going back more than 1000 years.
The genus name Hippophae is classical Latin for "shining horse," ('Hippo' - horse and 'phaos' - to shine) a name that was given in ancient times after it was found that feeding the leaves maintained a healthy digestive system and made their hair shiny. In 1977, seabuckthorn was officially listed in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia by Ministry of Public Health as a traditional remedy and treatment for maintaining healthy digestive system.
Seabuckthorn gets its name from its habit of growing near the sea, and from the possession of many spines or thorns that are reminiscent of some buckthorn species (of the genus Rhamnus).
Seabuckthorn has recently been the focus of a study at Louisiana State University to evaluate the effects that sea buckthorn berry pulp has on the treatment or prevention of gastric ulcers in horses.
Equi-Buck contains sea buckthorn berry pulp, which is a rich source of vitamins, omega fatty acids, trace minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and other bioactive substances.
The study concluded that:
•Seabuckthorn prevented the worsening of glandular ulcers during feed deprivation in the horses in the study.
•The horses treated with Seabuckthorn had fewer and less severe non glandular ulcers,
•Seabuckthorn , may have efficacy in preventing ulcers from forming or existing ulcers from worsening in horses that are stall confined and undergoing a feeding stress.
Equi-Buck is a cost effective way to help prevent equine gastric ulcers. In addition to the benefits it offers for ulcer prevention, the product also:
•Helps maintain a healthy shiny coat.
•Helps maintain consistent eating habits during times of stress.
•Provides powerful antioxidants.
•Helps maintain a healthy reproductive function.
Spring grass is the best medicine for horses and the only grass with good levels of beta carotene - the
main ingredient in Sea Buckthorn. So it is no surprise
our clients have been pleased with the results using this supplement.’
Summerhill Equine Veteninary Partnership