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.
- Serine - important in metabolism, precursor to many amino acids
- glycine - protein precursor, especially to collagen
- aspartic acid - participates in gluconeogenesis, controlling blood sugar lows
- threonine - helps provide energy to cells through the citric acid cycle
- alutamic acid - difficult to research, best guess is a neurotransmitter, could be a good thing
- lactamic acid - similar to lactic acid, a biologic middle man for metabolism
- phenylalanine - needed for epinephrine, dopamine, norepinephrine, melanin
- proline - critical for connective tissue
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.