Sea buckthorn isn't actually from the sea; this small shrub bush grows high in the rugged territory of the Spiti Valley in the Himalayan Mountains where the reflected light, severe cold, and dry soil combine to create a hardy superfruit. The mineral content of the soil gives the sea buckthorn a high concentration of minerals and vitamins. The berries and leaves of this plant are pressed into essential oils or are brewed in a milder form as a tea. The health benefits of sea buckthorn come from its wide variety of vitamins and trace minerals, as well as the full complement of omega fatty acids.
Antioxidants help reduce oxidative stress on the body that is caused by free radicals -- molecules that attack healthy cells and inhibit the growth of new cells. This breakdown of healthy cell regeneration can affect organ function and lead to cancerous tumors. Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body, controlling their population and combatting the damage these molecules do.
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