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The List of Essential Fatty Acids That Everyone Needs to Know

We’ve all heard about the benefits of the well-known omega-3 fatty acid. It’s found in foods such as fish, walnuts, and spinach, and experts love to extol its virtues—it has benefits for almost every part of the body.

Omega-3s tend to get all the attention, so many people might not even be aware of the other fatty acids: omegas 6, 7, and 9. How are they different? Are they as beneficial as omega-3?

Many fatty acids are not naturally produced by the body, and so we must ingest them in the form of foods or supplements. So here’s a quick, informative list of essential fatty acids—now you’ll know where to find them and how they help your body.

Omega-3

What are omega-3 fatty acids? Everyone has heard of them, but what do you actually know about them? Luckily, this one is well-researched and easy to learn about. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for heart health. They improve blood lipids, which helps extend the life of a heart.

Omega-3s are also great for the brain. They’ve been shown to boost cognitive sharpness in seniors, improving their memory and other problems that typically arise with age. Their benefits for the brain also extend to mental health, helping to level out mood swings and regulate emotions. And they are vital for a healthy pregnancy, promoting fetal brain development, healthy eyes, and an ideal birth weight.

They can be found in foods such as walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, and other nuts; seaweed; spinach; and many types of fish–tuna, mackerel, cod, and salmon (especially wild-caught).

Omega-6

Omega-6 primarily promotes brain health, by supporting normal brain functioning and keeping the body’s growth and development on track. Besides the brain, omega-6 is also great for the hair and skin, supports healthy bones and reproductive system, and helps to regulate the metabolism.

It could be argued that omega-6 is just as beneficial as omega-3, but there is one big difference—omega-6 is found in so many common foods, such as vegetable oils, grain-fed meats, and nuts. As a result, it’s hard to be deficient in it, but relatively easy to have an excess of it. You want to be careful of this, because while omega-3 helps to reduce inflammation, omega-6 does the opposite.

Omega-7

This fatty acid is excellent for hydrating your entire body from the inside. This includes lubricating the numerous mucous membranes in the body, helping with dry eyes and vaginal dryness commonly experienced by postmenopausal women. Thanks to this hydration, your skin is also improved, promoting elasticity and preventing wrinkles.

It can also ease stomach issues such as ulcers, indigestion, and heartburn–the lubricated mucous membranes protect the stomach lining as well. Omega-7 is also good for your heart, reducing your risk of heart disease by regulating cholesterol.

You can find omega-7 in avocado, sea buckthorn oil, macadamia nuts, grass-fed meat, and dairy.

Omega-9

Omega-9 is great for reducing inflammation, promoting healthy joints and healing, and protecting against disease. Our bodies produce omega-9 on their own, so most people don’t have to worry about being deficient. But olive oil is a good source of it, as well as macadamia nuts, seeds, and salmon.

Making omega fatty acids a regular part of your diet will lead to a happier, healthier you.

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Wear RED (and Think Sea Berry ORANGE) for Heart Health

Tuesday, February 2, 2018 is National Wear Red Day.  Fifteen years ago nearly 500,000 lives of American women were being claimed by heart disease.  This frightening statistic prompted the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood institute to take action creating the first National Wear Red Day in February, 2005.  Now, each year on the first Friday in February we raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women by wearing RED, the color of our hearts.

SIBU takes special interest in heart health as we are THE “Sea Buckthorn Company”.  No, sea buckthorn isn’t red, but in our world, “ORANGE is the new red”!  Our mission at SIBU is to provide whole body health and beauty through the power of sea buckthorn via nutritional supplements and natural skincare products; and this includes heart health!

In an article released by Nutra Ingredients – USA, on Jan. 31, 2018, they discuss a recent study regarding the anti-oxidant and cardiovascular benefits of sea buckthorn berries.  The berry contains over 190 bioactive compounds including omega fatty acids 3, 6, 9, and Omega 7, more than 60 anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids and more.

Also noteworthy is a study by Dr. Yan Jun Xu, where he sights sea buckthorn as a “promising plant for reducing cardiovascular disease risk”.

SIBU provides Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn supplements in juice and soft gel form to provide you with all of the benefits of sea buckthorn.  Educate yourself on the power of sea buckthorn and Omega 7 and all it has to offer you.  Wear RED and think ORANGE and you’ll be well on your way to better cardiovascular health!

 

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Omega 7 for Dogs

Written by Guest Blogger, Vanessa Chung with SimpleWag

We all know that omega fatty acids are essential to our health. But did you know our pups need these fatty acids as well?

Fish oil for dogs is a great way to incorporate many essential fatty acids into our pup’s diet since it does provide omega-3s and omega-6s. However, there is one omega that doesn’t get the credit it deserves: omega-7. While fish oil isn’t a great source of omega-7, there is a plant-based oil that is a great multivitamin and has a high level of omega-7s and other EFAs: sea buckthorn oil!

What Is Sea Buckthorn Oil?

Sea buckthorn may sound like a type of seaweed or species of sea cucumber, but it’s actually just a plant with a cool name!

Sea buckthorns are bushes that grow in the mountainous and coastal regions of Eurasia. The oil is extracted from the berries and seeds cultivated from the shrubs, and have been used for centuries by civilizations as a natural medicine for both skin and general health.

In addition to being abundant in omega 7 (also known as palmitoleic acid), sea buckthorn oil has a number of other fatty acids and vitamins including omegas 3 and 6 and vitamins A, B, C, and E!

Benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil for Dogs

Sea buckthorn oil is a great way to give your dog an EFA and vitamin-packed health boost, naturally! Here are some of the ways they can benefit from the healing properties of this ancient medicine:

  • Skincare and Haircare. The omega-7 fatty acid in sea buckthorn oil helps to keep your dog’s skin hydrated, while vitamins C and E help to keep their coats shiny and healthy!
  • Heart Health. Omega-7 is a polyunsaturated fat that helps to keep the artery passages clear and make it easier for blood to flow through the cardiovascular system.
  • Allergies. In addition to being high in antioxidants, sea buckthorn oil also contains omega-3, which can help your pup fight the inflammatory response to allergens!
  • Brain Health. Rich in all the important omega and vitamins, sea buckthorn oil can help support the health and function of your pup’s brain!

Be sure to visit SeaBuck 7 at www.seabuck.com, SIBU’s sister company with a focus on sea buckthorn benefits for our animal friends! Get your Omega 7 Oil and Sea Buckthorn Balm for your dog today!

 

Conclusion

While this supplement may not be available at your local big-name pet or grocery stores, there are many brands online that offer sea buckthorn products specifically for animals. Like any supplement, it is best to consult your pet’s veterinarian and assess their health needs before administering a new component to their lifestyle. Overall, sea buckthorn oil is a perfect all-natural, multi-functional supplement for your dog (and for you!) that is plant-based and sustainable!

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Vanessa Chung is a senior at Cal State Fullerton studying Business Administration with a concentration in Entertainment and Hospitality Management. In addition to writing for SimpleWag, she loves to photograph everything from plants to food. You can follow her food adventures on Instagram @adventurouseats and her daily life adventures @nessiequik

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Is Your Skin, Hair & Nails Supplement Causing Acne?

SIBU Sea Berry Therapy is for all skin types and all ages, but we have a special appeal to those dealing with problematic skin situations.  Whether it’s the signs of age, extremely dry skin, eczema, rosacea or yes, even acne, SIBU and the power of sea berry (sea buckthorn) can help improve the look and feel of your skin.

As “beauty from the inside” becomes more and more accepted in our culture, we look back and realize that it’s what SIBU has been doing from the very beginning.  Sea berry and the power of Omega 7 can have a very positive impact on the skin both from the inside (with supplements) and the outside (with skincare products).  But beware!  There are supplements and even some “good for you” foods out there that could be causing or contributing to your acne.

MyBeautyBunny.com has posted a great article about some of the foods and supplements that can actually cause acne.  We could’t have said it any better ourselves so here’s a link to the very informative and helpful article.

 

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Health & Beauty Benefits of Sea Berry; From the Inside and the Outside

Sea Berry is by definition the astringent edible orange berry of the sea buckthorn [bush or shrub]. Not surprisingly, there is a lot more to it than that. With a nutrient profile consisting of over 190 bioactive compounds, sea berry contains amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, E, and folic acid, over 60 antioxidants, at least 20 minerals, and healthy fatty acids. This super fruit is full of carotenoids, xanthophylls, phenolics, and flavanoids. It’s an absolute powerhouse of nutrients!

With so much to offer, how is this little “miracle berry” best used to your advantage? There are many beneficial herbs and botanicals out there but HOW you use them can determine the benefits. Anti-oxidants can be especially tricky in regards to getting the most out of what they offer. Sea berry is unique in that it provides powerful benefits both internally and topically. Let’s break it down.

Sea Buckthorn Supplements

Sea Berry is VERY tart and astringent! It’s definitely not the “pop a handful of berries in your mouth for a snack” kind of berry. A sea berry juice or soft gel supplement are the most common ways to get your daily dose. Here are some of the key benefits to ingesting sea berry.

  • Sea berry contains all of the key fatty acids – omegas 3, 6, 9 and the elusive omega 7. It is, in fact, the world’s richest plant-based source of omega 7. Though the oil extracted from the seed of the berry does contain a small amount of omega 7, it’s the pulp or fruit and the oil extracted from it that has the most internally beneficial amounts of omega 7 (palmitoleic acid). This monounsaturated fatty acid benefits and supports the cardiovascular system, the digestive and urogenital tracks, the mucosal membranes of the body and promotes skin, hair and nail health.
  • There is at least 10x the amount of vitamin C in a sea berry as there is in an orange; making it ideal to boost your immune system. Vitamin C also plays a key role in boosting collagen production in the skin.
  • The anti-oxidants in sea berry neutralize free radicals and help prevent damage on a cellular level. High potency and the bioavailability of the anti-oxidants make all the difference. Sea Berry wins in both categories here!
  • The high amount of omega 7 found in sea berry also plays a key roll in helping to support metabolic function. Though not a weight loss product, omega 7 (palmitoleic acid) has been shown in studies to reduce insulin resistance and counter the risk factors that are responsible for metabolic syndrome. Click here for more information.

Whether you choose to drink sea berry juice or take a sea berry oil soft gel, you will see a noticeable difference in how you look and feel with continued ingestion.

*Pro Tip – if the straight puree is a bit tart for your taste, try blending it with your morning smoothie or mixing it with your favorite cocktail.

Sea Buckthorn Skincare

So how can sea berry help you look better from the outside? Earlier, I mentioned the oil extracted from the seeds of the sea berry. This “magical” golden oil is rich in vitamins A & E, omega 3 fatty acids and a plethora of anti-oxidants. It does have internal benefits but it’s on the outside that it really takes center stage. Check out the list of benefits:

  • Hydrates and nourishes the skin
  • Naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial
  • Reduces redness and calms irritation *Pro Tip – Applying as a spot treatment on areas of rosacea, eczema or even acne can help relieve dryness, inflammation and irritation
  • Extremely healing when applied to minor cuts or burns – including minor sunburn, and can help reduce the appearance of scarring due to its restorative and regenerative properties
  • Effective anti-aging treatment that has been used throughout Asia and India for centuries. *Pro Tip – Apply daily as an all-over beauty oil to reduce fine lines and also help lessen the appearance of visible sun damage.

Sea Berry seed oil by itself is a very effective beauty oil. You will also find it as a key ingredient in a variety of creams, serums and body and hair care products.

If you’re looking for a natural ingredient that can truly make a difference in your health and beauty from the inside and the outside, give the little orange sea berry a try.

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SIBU Among First to Replace Carrageenan in Vegetarian Soft Gel

Natural Products Insider published a press release regarding SIBU’s use of new soft gel technology in the Omega-7 Support Soft Gels.

Tapioca starch – StarchGelTM – replaces the use of Carrageenan in the SIBU soft gel, maintaining its vegan certification and broadening its customer appeal. The use of tapioca starch resolves the issues of gastrointestinal distress and inflammation that have been linked to the use of carrageenan.  Tapioca Starch is naturally derived from the Cassava Root.

Omega 7 Support continues to provide all of the benefits of sea berry oils and Omega 7 for whole body health, including healthier skin, hair and nails.  Dusty McMullin, Chief Operations and Manufacturing Officer at SIBU explains why this change has been made.  “SIBU is excited to be one of the very first companies to adopt a tapioca-based vegetarian soft gel capsule for it’s Omega 7 Support nutritional supplement.  We are always looking for ways to improve and enhance our products and feel like this will be a positive change due to the growing concerns surrounding carrageenan in the market place.”

Read the complete release via the link above.

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Nourish Your Hair with Omega 7 Supplements

Good hair starts from the inside. Fortunately, the things that benefit your overall health are also important for strong, healthy, beautiful hair. Drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and eating a diet rich in a variety of vitamins and nutrients will all help on your journey to beautiful, healthy hair. For most people, additional supplements containing key nutrients can also help in this process. Omega 7 supplements are gaining attention for their nourishing hair benefits, so read on to learn about why they are gaining in popularity.

The Omegas

There are several different kinds of omegas and they have overlapping but distinct benefits. Omegas 3, 6, and 9 are the commonly used supplements for overall health, and they help make hair shiny and lustrous. The other omega compound that specifically benefits hair and skin is omega 7, or palmitoleic acid. It is a fatty acid commonly found in sea buckthorn and some cold-water fish oils.

Healthy Hair

In addition to heart health, brain and memory function, and many other health benefits, fatty acids have wonderful effects on your skin and hair. Healthier hair follicles, shiny locks, and full strands are the often-sought effects of supplements.  Omega fatty acids also promote faster hair growth and better scalp and skin health.

Other Hair Health Tips

In addition to basic health practices, omega 7 supplements, and other fatty acids in your diet, there are steps you can take to promote hair and scalp health. Finding the right shampoo schedule is an essential first step. While some people benefit from washing their hair daily, others find that their scalps and hair strands are stripped of essential natural oils with too much washing. On the other hand, if too much product is allowed to build up between washings, it can counteract the effects of your diet and supplementation. In all, sea buckthorn oil, a little love and care for your hair, and a healthy diet can help you achieve the hair of your dreams.

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How Sea Buckthorn Oil Helps in Anti-Aging Skin Care

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There are numerous skin care products on the market aimed at retaining or regaining the skin’s youthful glow. But, many of these products are riddled with chemicals and other ingredients that can actually damage the skin even more. Sea buckthorn products are different, however, because the natural components actually help the skin to heal itself. Here’s what you need to know about sea buckthorn  and how it helps with anti-aging.

Omega-7 Fatty Acids

Omega-7 fatty acids are more abundant in sea buckthorn than in any other plant source. This fatty acid is an important contributor in tissue regeneration, which is what keeps skin healthy. The Omega-7 fatty acids found in a sea buckthorn supplement increase collagen production, which is not only good for the skin, but helps with hair and nail growth and health as well. A healthy amount of collagen in the skin reduces fine lines and wrinkles and keeps the skin looking youthful.

Anti-Oxidants

Sea buckthorn also contains numerous anti-oxidants like vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamins A and C. These antioxidants are vital in preventing inflammation and reducing or preventing acne breakouts that can leave the skin irreparably scarred and damaged. They also prevent skin dryness so that it’s more difficult for wrinkles to form.

Skin Ailment Treatment

One reason skin ages prematurely is because of the stress placed on it not only from the elements of sun and wind, but from skin conditions as well. Sea buckthorn has shown promising results when used to treat skin ailments like psoriasis, acne, rosacea, burns, and wounds. This is because flavanoids, palmitoleic acid, and high vitamin concentration are all present in sea buckthorn. These components all work together to reduce inflammation and help the skin heal naturally.

Additional Health Benefits

In addition to healthier skin, nails, and hair, sea buckthorn supplements can help in other ways as well. The nutrients in sea buckthorn help sustain energy levels and improve overall cellular health so you’ll feel better as  you age. Joint health is supported making it easier to be active as you age. Other symptoms of aging that generally cause aches and pains are diminished because of the anti-inflammatory effects of sea buckthorn oil.

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Sea Buckthorn Powder: Why We Don’t Use It!

When something seems too good to be true, watch out, it usually is. This can be said for a variety of things in life but is especially true in the world of food and nutritional supplements. It seems that almost daily we hear about food fraud and poor quality or contaminated ingredients in our food chain. Some products are more ‘pure’ than others and some are simply gimmicks.  It’s time to set the record straight about sea buckthorn powder and oil products.

The health benefits of sea buckthorn have been known for thousands of years. The fruit, leaves and stems contain a number of healthy compounds, not limited to flavonoids, antioxidants, minerals and several omega fatty acids. Its’ boom in popularity as a health supplement has been followed by a similar boom in different types of products: pet supplements, cosmetics, fruit juice, powders, purees and oils.   It seems that there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet about using sea buckthorn powder vs. oil, so let’s take a look:

Sea Buckthorn oil

The majority of the oil found in the sea buckthorn plant is in fact in the berries, or fruit.  It can be extracted by a variety of different ways, one of the best being CO2 supercritical extraction. This is a low-temperature process that works similarly to an oversized espresso machine.  The raw, pureed sea buckthorn berry fruit and/or seed is put into the machine and the oil fraction is extracted under high pressure CO2.  The benefit of any sea buckthorn oil, from either seed or pulp origin, is that this oil comes with a plethora of fat-soluble compounds.  Omega-3, 6, 7 and 9, vitamin A, vitamin E, amino acids, and flavonoids are just a few of these beneficial compounds that ‘hitch a ride’ with the oil and into your product.

Sea Buckthorn powder

Sea buckthorn powder is made by dehydrating either sea buckthorn puree or juice. Sometimes the powder is made from the by-product of the oil-extracting process.  It can be difficult to find a sea buckthorn powder with a complete list of ingredients. Some ingredients in the powder may include added sugars such as maltodextrin. Sea buckthorn is naturally a bitter fruit and sweeteners are often added to the powder to improve palatability. While the final product can be high in Vitamin C, the oil fraction is greatly diminished in these powders, leaving the omega fatty acid nutrients almost non-existent; which is where some of the biggest health benefits truly lie.

One of your best options is sea buckthorn oil. Be sure to select a pure oil and not a ‘purified’ oil – as there is a difference. Sea buckthorn oil has no additives or sweeteners and packs the best nutritional punch with high, concentrated amounts of omegas 3, 6, 9 and the elusive omega 7.

Another option is to try a liquid pulp form. Pureed sea buckthorn fruit not only retains the important omegas, it provides full body nutrition with 190+ bio-active compounds. This is a key difference between sea buckthorn pulp and its oils. The oil contains the fat-soluble nutrients while the pulp contains the water-soluble nutrients. You can’t remove the water-solubles and keep the nutrients it carries. CONSUMERS BE CAUTIOUS: Any claims stating that sea buckthorn oil houses this full array of 190 nutrients is false. This can only be found when the entire sea buckthorn berry is incorporated. Be wary of this misleading marketing tactic.

Be an educated consumer

When selecting a sea buckthorn product, make sure that sea buckthorn puree or oil is high on the ingredients list – listed first or possibly second is best. If there are no ingredients listed ask the company for more information before making a purchase.
If you are going to make an investment in your health, purchase what is pure and closest to nature. You will see an improvement in your health faster than if you used an inferior or heavily processed product.

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Choosing the Right Sea Berry Products for Oily Skin

Sea berry

Sea buckthorn, also known as sea berry, comes from the seeds and berries of the sea buckthorn plant. Although it’s been used for thousands of years, it’s only recently come into prominence in the United States since it’s native to Europe and Asia. It provides a wide range of benefits to the skin, digestive system, and overall health. If you’re struggling with oily skin, here’s what you need to know about this amazing plant.

How to Take Sea Buckthorn

There are 3 basic ways to take sea buckthorn:

  • Oil: Sea buckthorn oils let you make use of the plant in its purest form. They can be taken internally or used topically, although it can be inconvenient if you want to treat a relatively large section of skin.
  • Lotions and creams: These make using sea buckthorn oil more convenient if you want to use it topically. In addition, the lotions may have additional ingredients that can help address your skin issues.
  • Soft gel capsules: If you find you don’t enjoy the taste of sea berry oil on its own, you can simply take a soft gel instead. This is a good way to take the oil for overall health, and it can do wonders for oily skin.

Berries vs. Seeds

One of the important things to realize when working with sea buckthorn is that it actually provides 2 very different types of oils. One type of oil is taken from the berry or pulp, while the other is taken from the seeds inside the berry. While both are effective at promoting overall health, the main benefits of seed oil are external: helping to repair the skin, accelerate the healing process, and helping to eliminate the symptoms of various skin conditions such as acne, rosace, dry skin, and sensitive skin. Berry or fruit oil, on the other hand, has more internal skin benefits. The berry oil is where all of the omega 7 nutrition is found. Omega 7 is the rare fatty acid that’s been shown to provide key building blocks for healthy skin internally. It’s literally feeding your body the nutrients it needs to produce healthy skin from the inside-out.
Seed oil provides more topical benefits for the skin.  It is useful for improving a wide range of skin conditions from acne to eczema.

Sea Berries for Oily Skin

Sea berries have been shown to reduce oily skin by as much as 45%. You’ll often start to see improvement within the first few weeks. As an added bonus, sea berry seed oil won’t dry out your skin like many commercial chemical products designed to treat oily skin. Sea berry seed oil is a natural moisturizer that nourishes and repairs the skin while also providing anti-bacterial properties that can help keep acne under control. Your oily skin needs a balance of hydration and sea berry oils are just the thing to help you achieve it.