Once your plants get going, you can dry or use fresh leaves in tea, drinks and many other food preparations. Why? The health benefits could be a valuable as those found in the juice and oil of the berries.
Sea Buckthorn Leaf Tea Analysis
Sea Buckthorn leaves contain most of the biological compounds found in the berries. In fact they contain more of some things like protein. The leaves are 24% protein. There was a time when a lot of attention was paid to the development of a process for producing leaf proteins. It never really caught on. Lately pea protein is a favorite among vegetarians as a supplement. Is there a market for Sea Buckthorn protein? Back to the analysis of Sea Buckthorn leaves.
All you need to do is dry some leaves and you have your green seabuckthorn tea. For a more detailed description of how to process seabuckthorn leaves into a slightly less green and a toasted complexness added see this previous post.
Nutrients and Antioxidants Present in Sea Buckthorn Leaves
Alpha-tocopherol -a form of vitamin E
Amino acids - contains 18 amino acids the body needs. Here are some I could verify.
Astralagin - flavinoid
Beta carotene - Vitamin A
Calcium - bones, teeth, neurotransmitter, muscle contraction
Copper - facilitates iron uptake
Ellagic acid - antioxidant and may prevent DNA binding to carcinogens
Ferulic acid - antioxidant with anti-tumor characteristics
Kaempferol - wide range of biological activity, a real powerhouse compound. Benefits including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, cardioprotective, neuroprotective, antidiabetic, antiosteoporotic, estrogenic/antiestrogenic, anxiolytic, analgesic, and antiallergic activities.
Iron - nice to have if you have blood circulating
Isorhamnetin - anti-oxidant
Magnesium - lots of uses in the body, ex: treating ADHD, Lyme disease, migraines and more.
Niacin - blood lipid lowering properties.
Omega-3 - anti-inflammatory, reduced risk of dementia, vital for normal metabolism
Pantothenic acid - important to energy metablolism in the cell
Quercetins - antiviral, bronchodilator, anti-inflammatory,
Riboflavin - wide role in intermediary metabolism
Salicylic acid - pain and fever reduction
Tannins - antiviral, antibacterial, and antiparasitic
Vitamin C - antioxidant, immune system support, anti-histamine.