Your cells contain glutathione, which is a substance made from three amino acids: cysteine, glutamate, and glycine.
Glutathione acts as an important antioxidant in your body. That means it helps combat free radicals. These are molecules that can damage your body's cells.
Glutathione plays a role in many chemical reactions in your body. It also helps detoxify chemicals, including some that your body creates naturally, as well as pollutants and drugs.
Your supply of glutathione seems to decrease...
In animal studies, sea buckthorn has also shown some promise in slowing the growth of tumors and ulcers. But more studies are needed.
Optimal doses of sea buckthorn have not been set for any condition. Quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely. This makes it very hard to set a standard dose.
Can you get sea buckthorn naturally from foods?
Sea buckthorn fruit or fruit juice can be found in certain jellies, juices, purees, sauces, drinks, and liquors. People do not usually eat the berries raw because they are acidic.
What are the risks of taking sea buckthorn?
As a food, sea buckthorn is probably safe. Some research suggests it may also be safe when taken up to six months as a medicine.
Side effects. Very few side effects from sea buckthorn have been reported. In some people who had high blood pressure who were using sea buckthorn, swelling, headache, dizziness and palpitations were noted. When used on the skin to treat burns, it sometimes caused a rash.
Interactions. Combining sea buckthorn with blood-thinning drugs or supplements could raise your risk of bleeding.
Sea buckthorn may also interfere with certain medicines that treat heart rhythm problems, cancer, or autoimmune diseases.
Avoid using sea buckthorn if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. There is not enough information to prove its safety.
The FDA does not regulate supplements. Be sure to tell your doctor about any supplements you're taking, even if they're natural. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with medications, foods, or other herbs and supplements. He or she can let you know if the supplement might raise your risks.