Sea buckthorn as a source of important bioactive compounds in cardiovascular diseases.
Food Chem Toxicol. 2016 Nov ;97:199-204. Epub 2016 Sep 9. PMID: 27616182
Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) offers many health benefits. It has significant cardioprotective activity and exerts many positive healing effects on the cardiovascular system, including inhibiting blood platelet activation (especially platelet aggregation), lowering cholesterol concentration and blood pressure, and providing antioxidant activity. In addition, sea buckthorn has antibacterial and antiviral properties. The leaves and fruits of the plant, and its oils, are sources of many bioactive substances including vitamins (A, C and E), unsaturated fatty acids, phenolic compounds, especially flavonoids, and phytosterols, which bestow positive effects on the cardiovascular system. This review article summarizes the current knowledge of the biological roles of sea buckthorn in cardiovascular diseases.