Sunday, 12 March 2017

Estonian Recipe: Rullbiskviit astelpajumoosiga / Sea buckthorn berry roll

Estonians love their berries and these golden little gems are no exception. They taste sort of tart and have been used for centuries for their health enhancing benefits. Native to China, Russia, and Mangolia, they can also be found in Estonia and are used in many forms. You can find fresh sea buckthorn berries at markets and in some health food stores as well as in supplement and skin care products. 

Health benefits of eating sea buckthorn berries:

Sea buckthorn berries are considered a superfood, they are loaded with nutrients, with at least 190 bioactive compounds. Just one little berry contains more vitamin C than a whole orange, and it’s a great source of fibre, protein and loads of antioxidants.

They have excellent antimicrobial and antiviral properties as well as antioxidants that help to boost the immune system.

Studies also show that sea buckthorn berries can help patients who suffer form liver disease, like hepatitis B, due to it’s high vitamin A and unsaturated fatty acids and help to protect the liver from damage caused by toxins.

Help to protect the heart by lowering bad cholesterol, reduce inflammation, promoting blood circulation and improving cardiac function.

Great for the skin as it helps to heal wounds and burns when applied topically. It also helps you look younger by acting as a natural sunblock. Due to its high healthy fatty acid content, it also helps to relieve symptoms of dermatitis.

Studies also show that sea buckthorn berries help to prevent excess fat storage and therefore promotes a healthy weight.