My recent column on vaginal dryness attracted helpful advice from a reader… ‘My husband and I stopped lovemaking after years of unsuccessful treatment with vaginal creams containing low-dose oestrogen. My GP refused to refer me to a gynaecologist and knew nothing of any natural treatment. I read an article in Menopause Matters magazine on sea buckthorn oil and its action on mucous membrane, including “intimate dryness”. I was delighted to find intercourse was comfortable and enjoyable again in under three weeks.’
Omega 7 is a nutritional supplement prepared from berries of the sea buckthorn plant (Hippopae rhamnoides), a shrub originating in the Himalayas. Most of the research into the sea buckthorn plant has been carried out by Chinese and Russian scientists, and sea buckthorn is widely used in health products and cosmetics in these countries. More recently, the beneficial potential of the sea buckthorn plant has been increasingly recognized in Europe and North America.
The oil extracted from sea buckthorn berries is a rich source of the essential polyunsaturated omega-7 fatty acids (PUFAs), palmitoleic acid and cis-vaccenic acid. Relatively few plant species are good sources of these essential PUFAs. In addition to the omega-7 PUFAs, sea buckthorn oil is a good source of the PUFAs alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3 type), linoleic acid (omega-6 type), and oleic acid (omega-9 type), as well as containing high levels of antioxidants (tocopherols, tocotrienols and carotenoids plant sterols).
Polyunsaturated fatty acids are important components of mucous membranes, which form the protective lubricating lining of internal organs such as the gastro-intestinal tract, the respiratory and uro-genital tract as well as protecting the outer surface of the eyes.
Mucous membranes may become dry as a result of ageing or environmental factors. Sea buckthorn oil may help to maintain healthy mucous membranes, as a source of nutrients required to maintain their structure and function.
Two capsules twice a day with food and drink during the first two months, one capsule twice a day thereafter.
Also available in Economy Size (150 Capsules)
Each capsule contains: Seabuckthorn Oil - 499.75mg Of which:
Seabuckthorn seed oil - 30-40%
Seabuckthorn berry oil - 60-70%.
D-alpha tocopherol acetate - 2mg Of which:
Saturated fatty acids - 130mg.
Monounsaturated fatty acids - 210mg
Of which: Palmitoleic acid (n-7) - 120mg. Cis-vaccenic acid (n-7) - 30mg, Oleic acid (n-9) - 90mg
Polyunsaturated fatty acids - 160mg, Of which: Linoleic acid (n-6) - 90mg, Alpha-linoleic acid (n-3) - 70mg
Vitamin A (from Beta Carotene) 200µg.
No significant adverse effects have been reported for Omega 7.