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Sea Buckthorn and its Anticancer Properties

April 16, 2019

Sea Buckthorn and its Anticancer Properties

The sea buckthorn, commonly known as the “Miracle Berry”, is one of the most powerful super-fruit that exists nowadays. It is characterized by a unique composition of bioactive compounds offering many health benefits, including anticancer properties.

“These berries, together with the juices, jams, and oils made from them, have a range of beneficial antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer effects”, according to Polish researchers in a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information. 

Modern studies have shown that the anti-tumor activity of sea buckthorn can be attributed to antioxidant compounds, particularly phenolic compounds such as flavonoids which protect cells from oxidative damage that can lead to genetic mutation and ultimately to cancer. 

The stress caused by living and working conditions in developed countries is one of the main reasons for the proliferation of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, sea buckthorn can serve as a natural remedy for these illnesses, as well as diseases of the skin, stomach, and liver.

A Canadian study published in the journal Anticancer Research found that “the inclusion of berries in the diet, selected for their high anticancer activities, may contribute significantly towards preventing cancer in humans”.

This study showed that sea buckthorn juice, along with other fruit juices, efficiently halted cancerous cells to divide and replicate, ultimately inhibiting the growth of various tumor cell lines, including those of breast cancer, prostate, stomach, and intestinal.

In addition, sea buckthorn berries have also been reported to contain significant amounts of bioactive compounds called carotenoids. A 2012 investigation published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute noted that women who ingest higher quantities of carotenoids may reduce breast cancer risk.

The sea buckthorn berry is included in cancer therapy as well due to its radio-protective activity. Its high content of bioactive compounds and antioxidants have protective properties, which have been demonstrated in a number of studies.

 

By Ana Llacer

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