And the Random Supplement Elle Bought for the Week is…

…Supercritical Omega 7 supplements, by New Chapter. I admit it, I am a health food store frequenter and slight junkie, and a lot of the time I start browsing and I’m just like, “Oh, this looks nice…” and before I know it, I’ve bought a bunch of herbal supplements for NO G-DARN REASON. Sometimes I say to myself, “Goodness Elle, Jesus be a moonbeam.”

Anyway, I decided to buy this supplement because it’s basically sea buckthorn extract, and I’m currently excited for my Enso conditioners to get here, which have…you guessed it, sea buckthorn extract. No, I do not expect my hair to grow five inches in one month taking this supplement (I never do that with vitamins – you set yourself up for failure), and it’s not even really marketed for hair. The description on the iHerb site (a great site btw) is as follows:

Omega-7: Traditional Skin & Membrane Support

While the benefit of Sea Buckthorn on the body’s largest organ, the skin, has been widely documented in ancient texts, it also has an extensive history of traditional use in Tibet & Mongolia for the body’s sensitive internal organs – in particular the mucous membranes that line the stomach/GI tract, upper respiratory tract, and vagina. The ability of this botanical to help moisturize and soothe these sensitive internal areas in addition to its external skin benefits has made it a staple of traditional herbal systems. Similar properties have been reported in various modern studies.

Modern science has determined how best to extract Sea Buckthorn’s broad spectrum constituents. Supercritical Omega-7 employs a special technology called Supercritical CO2 extraction (which does not use hexane or other industrial solvents commonly used to create herbal extracts), that delivers the beneficial components of sea Buckthorn under extremely gentle conditions in a low heat and oxygen environment.

Omega-7 nicely complements any essential fatty-acid health regimen. The berries and seeds of this revered botanical are also a source of traditional Omega-3, -6, -9 – making it the optimal form of essential fatty-acid supplementation, and one that everyone should consider incorporating into their skin and membrane health routine.

Omega-7: The Omega You Haven’t Heard About…

Omega-3, -6, and -9. Most people have heard of these essential fatty-acids and they should already be part of your daily health routine. Omega-3 is abundant in fresh flax and fish, such as salmon. In borage and primrose you’ll find Omega-6. And, in olives, Omega-9. There is broad scientific consensus that these beneficial oils help sustain and protect. But one critical Omega fatty-acid is commonly missing from the list: Omega-7.

The natural botanical source of New Chapter’s Supercritical Omega-7 oil, Sea Buckthorn, is comprised of both palmitoleic and cis-vaccenic acids and has been used in the ancient tradition for centuries to promote skin, urogenital and digestive health.

The key source of Supercritical Omega-7’s lauded skin support properties comes from a specific fatty acid. Palmitoleic acid is a naturally occurring component of healthy skin and is a highly effective antioxidant providing strong anti-aging support because of its ability to rein in free radicals. A 1999 report suggested that this palmitoleic acid may help support healthy skin. This key constituent of Supercritical Omega-7 is also a strong emollient – a substance that soothes and moisturizes the skin and promotes the regeneration of tissues.

Sounds fun, so I thought I would give it a try. I’ve only taken one, so I can’t comment on it…except that I just burped and it tasted like mint.

Have any of you tried sea buckthorn? If so, what did you think? Let me know!!

P.S. If I decide to keep buying these vitamins, I will DEFINITELY get them off Amazon for less…

xoxo

9 comments

      1. you’re probably right about that. i’m a big believer in supplements though, pay now or pay later on your health and beauty. would love for you to report out if you notice a difference in a month or so!

  1. i take omega 3 but this is now on my list. i have very oily acne prone skin so i’m always looking for supplements that might improve my skin.

  2. This is so ironic! I just picked up a new moisturizer while in WF thinking I would give an organic facial product a try. The one I puchased was from Aubrey Organics called Seabuckthorn! Unfortunately it didn’t work for me but it’s all the rage due to this ingredient. Who knew…not Me!

    1. Interesting, I haven’t tried the Aubrey one – the woman I spoke to at the health food store told me that in order to work it needed to be a high concentration, which is why I got the supplement over the juice drink they also had that contained it.

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