Sea Buckthorn: Nature’s Perfect Omega 7

sea buckthornAfter hundreds of years of quiet use, word of the astounding benefits of Omega 7 Fatty Acid has finally reached the US. This rare but powerful “MUFA” (or Monounsaturated Fatty Acid) is popping up in media and in clinical study results across the country.

Omega 7 fatty acid (also called “Palmitoleic Acid” in most scientific and clinical publications) can be found in animal and plant sources, including macadamia nuts, cold-water fish and sea buckthorn berries. Sea buckthorn contains a much higher concentration of this valuable fatty acid, up to 40% as compared to 17% in macadamia nuts. While this omega has numerous skin and health benefits, it is also known for its ability to support a healthy weight, cardiovascular health, and gastro-intestinal health.


Cardiovascular health

Your entire cardiovascular system benefits from increased access to omega 7.  The positive benefits to cardiovascular health fall into two categories: it may help (1) reduce the amount of bad cholesterol traveling through your arteries, and (2) help smooth their passage, which in turn helps artery walls stay strong and resistant to tearing.


  • Improved lipid panels. Omega 7 (or palmitoleic acid) has been shown to induce broad improvements in overall lipid levels, including a reduction in LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and an increase in HDL (good cholesterol) levels.  Balancing lipid panels has long been the primary goal of most cardiovascular health programs.


  • Smooth artery walls. Omega 7 (or palmitoleic acid) has been shown to reduce elevations in C-reactive protein (CRP), which indicates that Omega 7 reduces inflammation in the arteries.  By soothing and smoothing artery walls in much the same way that they soothe and smooth skin, omega 7s keep cholesterol and fats in the blood moving along so they don’t stick and cause problems.


Skin, hair and nailsBeautiful Skin

Omega 7 provides key building blocks for skin, hair and nails. It helps combat wrinkles, dryness, loss of skin elasticity, and other symptoms of malnourished or aging skin. It also helps skin function properly by supporting numerous skin functions, including:

  • Boosting collagen production
  • Protecting against oxidative damage
  • Restoring youthful resilience and plumpness to aging skin cells
  • Rejuvenating skin cell membranes
  • Enhancing the skin’s ability to retain moisture
  • Repairing sun-damaged skin
  • Protecting against sun damage, toxins and environmental stress


Weight management

Taken internally, omega 7 fatty acid signals the body to stop storing fat. Clinical studies have shown that, not only do users melt away fat, but they also keep it off for longer periods. This amazing compound also helps the body maintain insulin sensitivity and fight off the imbalances that can result in metabolic syndrome. Insulin sensitivity plays a major role in helping the body convert glucose into energy, rather than storing it as fat. Research shows that omega 7 imitates a hormone in the body that helps regulate systemic metabolic activity.


Gastro-intestinal health

Omega 7 has a soothing and smoothing effect on all the body’s sensitive internal linings. These linings (the mucous membranes that line the GI tract, stomach, upper respiratory tract and genital area) help nourish and hydrate internal organs and combat stressors, including excessive stomach acid or chronic inflammation. In addition to soothing inflamed and irritated membranes, the body needs this powerful fatty acid to plump up those sensitive linings, just like it uses them to plump thin, stretched skin cells.


Best Source of Omega 7

Sibu Sea Buckthorn Berry HarvestIt is crucial to realize that not all sea buckthorn is the same. There are numerous varieties grown around the world, and the most nutrient-dense berries are ones that have to sustain themselves against temperature extremes, such as Sibu’s Turkistanica variety grown in the Himalayan Mountains.

How the berries are harvested and processed are also critical factors to keep the nutritional profile intact.  The key difference in harvesting techniques is that most companies that use sea buckthorn berries in their products chop off entire branches and stick them into freezers. When they are ready to process the berries they heat the branches and the berries fall off. The berries are then processed and heated again. This method depletes the berries of their Omegas, Vitamins and bio-actives.

Sibu is the one company that made the conscious decision to harvest the berries, by the traditional ancient method of shaking the bushes with sticks, rather than chopping off branches. The ripened berries are collected in burlap ground cloths and then taken to a processing facility to be pureed and processed within hours. Additionally, this company’s sustainable efforts produce practically zero waste, each part of the berry, including the pulp; skin, seeds and leaves, are used in products. The bright orange color that is evident in Sibu products is obtained from having the freshest pureed berries.

The Sibu Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement and Sibu Pure daily ingestibles are the freshest variety available and offer the most nutritionally complete sea buckthorn juice anywhere.  For a concentrated source of Omega 7 take Sibu Cellular Support Capsules.


Clinical References: Cardiovascular Health

  • Serum Lipid Effects of a High–Monounsaturated Fat Diet Based on Macadamia Nuts. Curb, J. et al., 2000, Arch Intern Med/Vol. 160.
  • Lipoprotein composition and serum cholesterol ester fatty acids in nonwestern Melanesians. Lindeberg, S. et al., 1996, Lipids, Vol. 31, no. 2.
  • Trans-Palmitoleic Acid, Metabolic Risk Factors, and New-Onset Diabetes in U.S. Adults. Mozaffarian, D. et al., Annals Intr Med, 2010, Vol. 153, no. 12.

Clinical References: Hair, Skin and Nails

  • Effect of dietary supplementation with sea buckthorn seed and pulp oils on the fatty composition of skin glycerophospholipids of patients with Atopic Dermatitis. Yang, B, et al., 2000, Jour Nutr BioChem, Vol. 11, 338-340.
  • Anti-inflammatory activity of sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) leaves. Ganju, L et al., 2005, Intr Immunopharm, Vol. 5, 1675-1684.
  • Composition and physiological effects of sea buckthorn (Hippophae) lipids. Yang, B, et al., 2002, Trends Food Science Tech, Vol. 13, 160-167.

Clinical References: Weight Management and Insulin Sensitivity

  • Chronic administration of palmitoleic acid reduces insulin resistance and hepatic lipid accumulation in KK-Ay mice and genetic type 2 diabetes. Yang, et al., Lipids in Health and Disease, 2011, 10:120.
  • Identification of a lipokine, a lipid hormone linking adipose tissue to systemic metabolism. Cao, et al., 2008, Cell 134: 933-944.
  • Trans-Palmitoleic Acid, Metabolic Risk Factors, and New-Onset Diabetes in U.S. Adults. Mozaffarian, D. et al., Annals Intr Med, 2010, Vol. 153, no. 12.

Clinical References: Gastrointestinal Health

  • Inflammatory bowel disease basics. Nikitin, V.A., et al. Khirurgia, 1989; National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, 4:33-35.
  • Prevalence of essential fatty acid deficiency in patients with chronic gastrointestinal disorders. Siguel, E and Lerman, R. 1996, Metabolism. Vol. 45, no.1, 12-23.
  • Sea buckthorn oils: Towards healthy mucous membranes. Erkkola, R. & Yang, B., 2003, AGROFood Industry, 53 (3).



4 Tips to Heal Itchy, Flaky, Dry Winter Skin

Sibu Beauty Winter Skin Tips
H2O On The Go

While drinking plenty of water is a well-known tip to maintain hydration, we often neglect how important it is to consistently drink water-containing fluids throughout the day.   The adage of 8 glasses of water a day just isn’t enough to keep up with the body’s water needs, especially when you have dry winter skin.

The Food and Nutrition Board recommends an average intake of 91 ounces for women and 125 ounces for men per day of water-based fluids.  Increase intake based on activity level, climate, pregnancy or breastfeeding situations.   If all that water per day sounds boring, try adding lemon or get an antioxidant boost by brewing herbal tea.

Keep your fluid intake eco-friendly by carrying a glass or stainless steel water bottle with you to take your beverage of choice with you or fill up on the go.  Here are some of our favorites from LifeFactory.

Omegas From The Inside Out

While water hydrates the body, omega fatty acids keep that precious fluid in your skin cells to keep your skin hydrated.  When omega oils are low in the diet, there is increased permeability of the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin) and increased skin water loss.  Regularly consuming Omega’s 3, 6, 7 and 9 will lock in moisture from the inside out.

A recent study out of Turku Finland demonstrated that 2 grams (2000 mg) of a sea buckthorn fruit and seed oil supplement taken daily showed a significant increase in skin hydration and elasticity at the 1 and 3 month marks.  Skin hydration increased by 33.6% at 1 month and 48.6% at 3 months compared to the control group.  Skin elasticity increased by 16.3 % at 1 month and 25.8% at 3 months.Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement and Cellular Support Capsules

Sibu Beauty’s Liquid Supplement and Cellular Support Capsules as well as the Sibu 7 line contain whole food-based omegas 3, 6, 9 and especially omega 7 from sea buckthorn fruit and seed oils.   Be sure to hydrate and moisturize from the inside out to give your body what it needs to protect it from dry winter environments.


Dry, flaky, itchy skin can leave an accumulation of dead skin cells that prevent moisturizers from properly hydrating skin.  Gentle exfoliation will prevent this build up and improve the ability of moisturizers to create a lipid barrier to protect your skin from dry environments.

When choosing an exfoliator, it is especially important to use an emollient-based product to prevent further drying of skin.  Sibu Beauty’s Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Scrub uses both apricot and sea buckthorn oils to moisturize skin while exfoliating with apricot and sea buckthorn seed powders to slough away dead skin cells.  Use once or twice a week on facial skin and 2-3 times a week on elbows and knees or any other rough spots that need extra attention.

Slather On The Lipids

Moderately dry skin will benefit from traditional moisturizers like Sibu Beauty’s Nourishing Facial Cream andMoisturizing Body Cream.  Shea butter, Sibu Beauty Miracle StickMeadow Foam Seed Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oil hydrate dry skin and ease irritation.  For the driest, itchiest skin, Sibu Beauty created Miracle Stick.  Luscious ingredients like sea buckthorn oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter create a strong moisturizing barrier against dry environments.  Similar to a lip balm, think of Sibu Beauty’s Miracle Stick as a balm for dry, itchy or cracked skin.

Give your skin the extra pampering it needs during the winter by hydrating from the inside out and the outside in.


Institute of Medicine Water Intake Recommendations

Turku, Finland Study: Sea Buckthorn for Beauty From Within

Effects of Sea Buckthorn on Atopic Dermatitis

WebMD:  Omega Fatty Acids For Dry Skin


Best Source Of Omega 7

Sea Buckthorn BerriesThere’s a lot of buzz about the cardiovascular benefits of Omega 7 in the media recently.  But what foods contain Omega 7 in a high enough concentration to make a significant difference for your health?


Anchovies are one of the few fish that contain enough Omega 7 to be considered a potential source.  However, there are only 25mg of Omega 7 per 10 grams of anchovies.  With this ratio, about 7 ounces (200 grams) of anchovies would need to be consumed per day to get 500mg of Omega 7.

Since most people do not eat anchovies, much less in these quantities, other natural sources are a more practical choice.

Macadamia Nuts

One of the most prevalent sources of Omega 7 found in the plant kingdom is the macadamia nut.  This creamy and crunchy treat contains 14% Omega 7 by volume.  About 4 grams or approximately 4-5 nuts per day provide 500 mg of Omega 7.

Macadamia nuts are a delicious source of Omega 7, but with a 75% fat content and limited nutrient profile, they may not be the best daily or long-term source of Omega 7.

Sea Buckthorn Berry Puree

The richest source of Omega 7 found in nature is Sea Buckthorn Berries weighing in at 18.87%.  1 ounce of unfiltered sea buckthorn berry puree provides 536 mg of Omega 7.  In addition to its Omega 7 or palmitoleic acid content, sea buckthorn also contains more than 190 bioactive compounds that benefit cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, urogenital and mucosal health.Sibu Seven Omega 7 Pure Image

Sibu Seven Omega – 7 Pure is the only whole berry, unfiltered and wild-crafted sea buckthorn berry puree available.   To learn more about Omega 7, Sea Buckthorn and its health benefits visit Omega

Sibu Holiday Gift Guide

Sibu Beauty Holiday Gift Guide Main ImageOmega-7 and 190+ nutrients in Sibu’s sea buckthorn-based skin care and supplements promote luster for hair, improve skin tone and texture, and contribute to strong healthy nails.  Give the gift of glowing skin with these holiday gift packages.

Inside and Out DuoSibu Beauty Inside and Out Duo Package

The Inside and Out Duo contains Sibu’s Cellular Support Capsules to nourish skin from the inside out with Omegas 3, 6,  9 and elusive Omega-7.  Just 2 capsules a day give your body the building blocks to create healthy skin.

With sea buckthorn, meadow foam and shea butter, our Nourishing Facial Cream  combats environmental stress, rejuvenates sun-damaged skin and preserves healthy skin tone and texture.Sibu Beauty Acne and Rosacea Kit


Acne and Rosacea Kit

For those with sensitive skin that needs healing, we recommend our Acne and Rosacea Kit.

Give your skin the nutrients it needs to create new healthy skin tissue with a 30-day supply of our Omega 7-rich Cellular Support Capsules.  Our Sea Buckthorn Face & Body Bar calms and gently cleanses with sea buckthorn, coconut oil and gluten-free oatmeal.  Apply our therapeutic grade Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil directly to irritated skin. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties calms, heals and feels so good.

Sibu Men's Shaving Kit PackageMen’s Shaving Kit

Men also deserve great-looking and healthier skin. Some of the negative side effects of daily shaving include clogged pores, dry skin, ingrown hairs and redness/irritation. Many traditional shaving creams and aftershaves contain chemicals and ingredients that burn and dry skin which often lead to a scaly complexion and unwanted breakouts. Sibu’s Shaving Kit is 100% natural and contains nutrient-rich, soothing sea buckthorn berry fruit and seed oils.

Scrub away dead skin cells for the smoothest shave with our Exfoliating Scrub.  Lather with our luxurious and healing Face & Body Bar and follow shaving with our calming and moisturizing Hydrating Serum.

Shopping Assistance

These and other gift packages can be found at  Whether shopping for your teenagers, men or women, Sibu Beauty has the skin care products to keep their skin happy and healthy through the winter season and year-round.  For assistance with product questions and gift selection, call our Customer Service Team at 1-800-710-7428.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

9 Tips To Survive And Thrive During Flu Season

  1. 9 Tips To Survive And Thrive During Flu Season

    Pic by Melis82 vis StockFreeImages

    1.  Exercise Moderately

Macrophages, cells that kill bacteria, increase during moderate exercise.  Immune boosting cells also circulate through the body more quickly during exercise, killing bacteria and viruses.  30 to 40 minutes, 5 days a week seems to be the sweet spot for exercise’s immune boosting benefits.  But don’t over-do it.  High-intensity workouts lasting more than 90 minutes can lower immune response for up to 72 hours.

 2.  Nasal Irrigation

Regular nasal irrigation during acute illness showed faster resolution of nasal symptoms and sore throats, according to a study done by Dr. Jana Skoupa, et al.  The theory is that irrigation flushes out viruses and inflammatory molecules.  Be sure and use sterilized water if you are using a neti pot or purchase OTC nasal saline solutions.

3.  Wash Hands Frequently

A 2012 study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that thoroughly washing hands 5 times a day for at least 20 seconds with soap reduced the likelihood of catching the flu by 35%.  Anti-bacterial soap is not necessary.

4.  Supplement with Vitamin D3

Research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology indicates that during cold-weather months supplementing with 600-2000IU of vitamin D3 can increase the virus-killing compound cathelicidin circulating in our blood.

5.  Consume Dark Chocolate to Suppress Coughs

A study done at the National Health Institute determined that theobromine, a chemical found in chocolate, suppresses the cough reflex more effectively than codeine.  1,000 mg of theobromine, twice per day seems to do the trick.  Unsweetened dark chocolate has 450 mg. per ounce.

6.  Drink Green Tea

Catechins, found abundantly in green tea, binds to the influenza virus preventing it from being absorbed into body tissues.  Just 2 cups a day works as a great preventative.  In this case, more is better during illness.

7.  Use a Humidifier

Keeping the humidity in your home between 40-60% can kill off airborne flu virus and reduce sinus inflammation, according to a Harvard study.  Clean and disinfect humidifiers weekly to avoid bacterial and fungal growth.

8.  Support Mucus Membrane Health with Omega-7

Omega-7, found most abundantly in sea buckthorn, supports mucus membrane health.  “The presence of omega-7 in the epithelial cell membrane plays a protective role including inhibiting bacterial growth, as well promoting tissue recovery and healing. “ Ashley Koff

9.  Consume Quercetin-Rich Foods

Several animal studies indicate that the flu virus cannot proliferate in the presence of quercetin.  You can find this natural flavonoid in fruits and vegetables.  Sea buckthorn’s primary flavonoid is quercetin.

Follow the above tips for flu prevention and take advantage of the Omega-7 and Quercetin found in sea buckthorn.  Sibu Beauty’s Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement , rich in Omega-7 and flu-fighting quercetin, is a great addition to your flu season armory.  To get a concentrated dose of Omega-7, take Sibu Beauty’s Cellular Support Capsules.  Two capsules provide 200 mg. of Omega-7.


The statements in the article have not been evaluated by the FDA.  Always consult your doctor prior to taking supplements.



Benefits of Sea Buckthorn and Omega 7

Sibu CEO, Bruce McMulling Admiring Tibetan Sea BuckthornSea Buckthorn has an impressive nutritional profile that includes the highest concentration of Omega 7 found in ANY food source. Omega 7 is a critical fatty acid that the body produces, but with aging and not getting the proper nutrition, the amount of Omega 7 production decreases and therefore needs to be obtained from certain foods including macadamia nuts, however, the best source that contains at least 50% more Omega 7, is sea buckthorn.

Numerous clinical and scientific studies document the health and wellness benefits of ingesting Omega 7. Taken daily, Omega 7 benefits skin, hair and nails by boosting collagen production, and delivering the building blocks needed for healthier tone and texture plus it also acts as a constant force of suppression against the negative effects of free radicals that contribute to aging.

Additionally, Omega 7 improves the health of mucous membranes found throughout the body’s inner surfaces of the eyes, gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital tracts, by promoting tissue regeneration and improved immune functions. Furthermore, recently released studies have shown encouraging results in the ability of Omega 7 to lower LDL cholesterol, increase HDL (the good) cholesterol and improve insulin sensitivity in Type 2 diabetes.

However, the benefits associated with this hardy berry go beyond Omega 7. Loaded with over 190 bio actives, sea buckthorn is one of the most nutrient-dense foods available, anywhere. The bright orange berry contains over 40 amino acids, 10 times the vitamin C as an orange along with vitamins A, B-1, B-2, B12 and E, essential fatty acids 3, 6 and 9; plus a network of naturally occurring antioxidants including polyphenols, carotenoids, flavonoids, phytosterols and tocopherols.

It is crucial to realize that not all sea buckthorn is the same. There are numerous varieties grown around the world, and the most nutrient-dense berries are ones that have to sustain themselves against temperature extremes, such as the Sibu LLC Turkistanica variety grown in the Himalayan Mountains. Moreover, how the berries are harvested and processed are also critical factors to keep the nutritional profile intact.  The key difference in harvesting techniques is that most companies that use sea buckthorn berries in their products, chop off entire bushes and stick them into freezers. When they are ready to process the berries they heat the bushes and the berries fall off. The berries are then processed and heated again. This method depletes the berries of their Omegas, Vitamins and bio actives.

Sibu, LLC is the one company that made the conscious decision to harvest the berries, by the traditional ancient method of striking the bushes with sticks, rather than chopping off branches. The ripened berries are collected in burlap ground cloths and then taken to a processing facility to be pureed and processed within hours. Additionally, this company’s sustainable efforts produce practically zero waste, each part of the berry, including the pulp; skin, seeds and leaves, are used in products. The bright orange color that is evident in Sibu products is obtained from having the freshest pureed berries.

The Sibu Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement and RAW daily ingestibles are the freshest variety available and offer the most nutritionally complete sea buckthorn juice anywhere.  For a concentrated source of Omega 7 take Sibu Cellular Support Capsules.

As the Founder of Sibu, LLC, I am committed to promoting further research on sea buckthorn; continue sustainable, free trade efforts and dedication to providing our customers with the premium products.


Written by Bruce McMullin, CEO and Founder of Sibu, LLC. Bruce has identified and sustainably harvests the most nutrient-dense sea buckthorn available and continues to travel the world in search of additional resources. He is responsible for forming the United States Sea Buckthorn Association and encouraging studies and research on sea buckthorn throughout the United States.


Interview with Leslie from Leslie Loves Veggies

Holiday Beauty Gift SetEver since we started selling the original 4 products in our Sibu Beauty sea buckthorn berry-based line, blogger/mother/writer/friend and grandmother-extraodinaire, Leslie has been with us every step of the way!

Leslie is the owner of the highly successful blog, where she honestly reviews products for thousands of fans weekly. After graduating  SUNY IT with a degree in nursing, Leslie opened her heart and soul to patients of all ages. A few years ago, after tending to her aging parents, Leslie retired from nursing and started blogging and has grown her site to be one of the most well-respected and highly ranked product review sites on the web.
She resides in Georgia with her husband, Scott and spends every possible spare moment being a devoted mother to her two daughters and the “little man” in her life, grandson Justice.Leslie Loves Veggies
Thanks, Leslie for taking a few moments with us to share your experience with Sibu.

Sibu:  What was the very first Sibu Beauty product that got you hooked? and why?

Leslie from Leslie Loves VeggiesLeslie:  The first Sibu product I ever used was Revitalize & Renew.  I fell in love and have been a fan every since.  Hubby, my daughter and Little Guy still take R&R every single day!

Sibu:  Is that also your favorite Sibu Beauty product or has another taken your top honors?

Leslie:  I’ve since switched to Sibu Raw.  It’s made a world of difference in my health.  My skin looks more youthful.  My nails and hair grow faster than when I was in my 20’s and I feel healthier overall.

Sibu: What differences has Sibu made to your body/wellness?

Leslie:  Without Sibu I honestly think I might be a very sick lady.  I recently had a very serious illness and I know that if it weren’t for Sibu Raw and how healthy I was prior, I would not have bounced back so quickly.  It’s a product I never want to be without.

Sibu:  We’re glad you recovered from your illness quickly.  Sea buckthorn does so much to keep us healthy.  When or where do you feel most beautiful?

Leslie:  I feel most beautiful when I’m outside being a nature girl! And beauty comes from within. Thanks to Sibu my insides are pretty darned amazing!

Sibu:  What is your skin type?

Leslie:  My skin is extremely dry and sensitive!  That’s why I love Sibu beauty products!  They nourish my skin and don’t cause any irritation.  They sink in after applying and leave my skin feeling soft and supple and they smell so light and beautiful!

Sibu:  What is your Sibu Beauty Skin Care Routine?

Leslie:  Well, I love the Cleanse & Detox Bar for washing my face. (I use it as an all over body bar too!)  But I also love to use Sibu Facial Cleanser once or twice a week.  It rinses so nicely and removes all the grime from my face.  I follow up with a spritz of Clarifying Toner and always apply Repair And Protect.  I like to apply Age Defying Eye Cream around my eyes in the morning but at night I pat on Sibu Seed Oil.  At night I apply Hydrating Serum or Night Cream depending on how dry my skin is.  For a special treat I use Sibu Exfoliating Scrub once a week!

Sibu:  What is your take on internal nutrition for skin care?

Leslie:  Beauty comes from within!  You have to nourish your body or you’ll look tired and haggard!  I love Sibu ingestibles.  Hubby takes Cellular Support daily and when I need a boost I pinch open a capsule (they aren’t vegetarian) and swig the inside of the cap.  I really believe that the super dose of omega-7 fatty acids is vital to good health!

Sibu:  We agree, Leslie.  Omega-7 does so much for the regeneration of healthy skin tissue both inside and out, as well as contributing to cardiovascular, diabetic and mucosal health.  And you won’t have to pinch open a capsule much longer.  We will be launching our all Vegan Cellular Support Capsules soon.

Your natural beauty shines through.  Any beauty secrets you’re willing to share with us?Sibu Sea Buckthorn Men's Shaving Kit

Leslie:  Yes!  Eat a plant-based diet, drink lots of water and try to get enough sleep. Love life, give back and be kind.  That’s beautiful!!

Well said, Leslie.  Thanks for taking a few moments with us to share your experience with Sibu.  And thank you for your most recent review of one our Holiday Gift Sets, our Men’s Shaving Kit.

We wish you and your family the best this holiday season.


The Differences Between Sea Buckthorn Juice and Sea Buckthorn Oil

Sea Buckthorn Juice and Sea Buckthorn CapsulesThe sea buckthorn berry, possibly the most nutrient dense superfruit currently available, contains nutrients in its seed, pulp and skin.  There are over 190 biologically active compounds in this tiny fruit and research continues to mount supporting its numerous health benefits including cardiovascular, membrane, and diabetic health.

Sea Buckthorn Juice

Sea buckthorn juice contains all 190 bioactive compounds found in the berry.  Sea buckthorn juice should be bright orange, thick and opaque, since the berry itself produces a rich pulp when processed.  Any juice that is translucent or has turned a rust color has been stripped of its oils and oxidized during processing, which damages the nutrient profile.

The nutrients found in the juice/pulp are:

  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, K, & P
  • Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9 (Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs)
  • 42 Lipids
  • Organic Acids
  • Amino Acids
  • Folic Acid
  • Tocopherols
  • Flavonoids
  • Phenols
  • Terpenes
  • Tannins
  • 20 Mineral Elements

Sibu offers Revitalize & Renew Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement with sea buckthorn puree.  A 1 oz. serving includes all 190 bioactive compounds and 134 mg of Omega 7.

For those that prefer 100% Sea Buckthorn Puree, try Sibu RAW.  Straight puree is astringent and bitter, but mixes well with other juices.  Try it in a smoothie or follow Dr. Andrew Weil’s Elixir Recipe.

Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Sea buckthorn seed oil is produced when the oils are extracted from the seed found inside the sea buckthorn berry.  While the seed oil does not contain all 190 bioactive compounds, it is a concentrated source of fat-soluble antioxidants and essential fatty acids or EFA’s.

The nutrients found in sea buckthorn seed oil are:

  • Tocopherols
  • Carotenoids
  • Phytosterols
  • Omega 3, 6 and 9

Sibu offers USDA Certified Organic Therapeutic Grade Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil.  Seed oil is healing for the skin so works well on minor wounds and burns.  It’s also a great spot treatment for acne, rosacea and eczema.

For internal supplementation try Sibu Sea Buckthorn Cellular Support Capsules (80% Fruit Oil/20% Seed Oil).  2 capsules provide 900 mg of Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9.

Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil

Sea buckthorn fruit oil is produced when the oils are extracted from the pulp and skin of the sea buckthorn berry.  While the fruit oil does not contain all 190 bioactive compounds, it is a concentrated source of fat-soluble antioxidants and essential EFA’s and is the richest plant source of Omega 7.

The nutrients found in sea buckthorn fruit oil are:

  • Omega 7
  • Omega 3, 6 and 9
  • Tocopherols
  • Carotenoids
  • Phytosterols

Sibu 7 offers Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil.

For internal supplementation try Sibu Sea Buckthorn Cellular Support Capsules (80% Fruit Oil/20% Seed Oil).  2 capsules provide 900 mg of Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9.

Sea buckthorn berries, whether juice or oil, have tremendous benefits for the body.  To get all 190 bioactive compounds, drink sea buckthorn juice daily.  To get a concentrated source of Omega oils and Omega 7 in particular, take Sibu Cellular Support Capsules with both fruit and seed oils.

Menopause and Omega 7

Omega 7 for Natural Menopause Relief

Pic by feminestra via photo bucket

There are currently an estimated 50 million menopausal women in the United States today and, according to the NAMS (North American Menopause Society), approximately an additional 2 million women per year will be reaching menopause.

Menopause is not a disease but rather a natural occurrence in the lives of women as they age. The estrogen and progesterone hormones regulate menstrual cycles and keep the body fertile. As the aging process progresses, usually women in their late 30’s, the release of hormones begins to decrease. The degeneration of these hormones becomes more evident into their 40’s. When menstruation stops completely a woman is in menopause. Generally this occurs around the age of 50, however for women who have had various cancer treatments or a hysterectomy the age of the onset of menopause can be much lower.

Symptoms of menopause vary but generally include stress, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, thinning hair, mood swings and vaginal dryness. Most of the symptoms are temporary however a few remain into the post-menopausal years, which include vaginal dryness.

In a recent study conducted by The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Turku, Finland, it was concluded that sea buckthorn oil was a natural and effective solution to contributing to the health of mucous membranes including where vaginal dryness occurs, the urogenital tract. Additional benefits were documented in the health of other mucous membranes in the body including digestive, respiratory and the inner surfaces of the eyes.

The study determined that because sea buckthorn combines high levels of beneficial fatty acids, plant-derived antioxidants, vitamins and plant sterols it showed numerous beneficial effects of sea buckthorn oil on mucous membranes. The outcomes, which included: tissue regeneration, improved immune function and reducing lipid peroxidation (which is responsible for releasing free radicals that result in cell damage) were recorded.

Sea buckthorn oils, taken internally contain the highest amount of Omega 7 of any known food source. It is Omega 7 that holds high levels of beneficial fatty acids including Omegas 3, 6, 9, vitamins, and antioxidants…in total over 190 bio active compounds.

The recommended daily dosage is from 250 mg. to 500 mg. of Omega 7 taken internally. Sibu, LLC, leaders in premium Himalayan sea buckthorn products, will soon release a new line of ingestible Omega 7 products called Sibu Seven. The entire line is derived from sea buckthorn fruit oils from a proprietary source and method that grows, harvests and produces the nutrient-dense fruit oil into pure ingestibles that contain no additional additives or preservatives.

Omega 7 for Mucus Membranes

Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Juice and CapsulesFrom the inner surface of eyes to the digestive, respiratory and urogenital tracts, mucus membranes interact with and protect us from our environment.  Keeping our mucosal tissues healthy protects us from external toxins, allergens and pathogens.

Unfortunately mucus membranes can become dry, sensitive and inflamed.  Consuming the right fatty acids promotes the normal structure, function and regeneration of mucus membranes.

Omega 7 is a fatty acid integral to the formation of healthy skin cells.  This proves particularly true for mucus membrane tissue.  Studies indicate that ingesting Omega 7 protects and strengthens gastric and duodenal mucosa, helps to heal ulcers and reduces gastric secretion.  Quicker recovery and reparation of stomatitis and esophagitis, inflammation of the mouth and throat, which may include the cheeks, gums, tongue and lips due to sea buckthorn oil application has been scientifically substantiated as well.   Omega 7 also improves symptoms of dry mouth and dry eyes.  For the mouth, try saturating a cotton swab with sea buckthorn oil and massaging into gums and inside of cheeks or any irritated areas in the mouth.

For the urogenital tract, ingesting Omega 7 soothes and heals internal mucosal lining.  Sea buckthorn oil with Omega 7 can also be applied externally to irritated or inflamed mucosal tissue including the genital area.

Sibu, The Omega 7 Company, encapsulates sea buckthorn fruit and seed oil, rich in Omega 7 in its Cellular Support Capsules.  For drinkable supplementation try Revitalize and Renew Liquid Supplement with Omega 7.  This is a delicious and refreshing juice with over 350 mg of Omega oils in each serving.  For topical application Sibu Therapeutic Grade Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil is recommended.  Maximize Omega 7 intake from nature’s most natural and richest source, sea buckthorn.


Omega 7 Lowers Insulin Resistance

Omega 7 Lowers Insulin Resistance

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With America’s growing obesity rates and metabolic syndrome, it’s no wonder that Type 2 Diabetes is also on the rise.

Type 2 Diabetes or adult onset diabetes is the result of the pancreas no longer producing enough insulin to assist glucose’s entry into cells or the cells themselves become resistant to insulin.  When glucose builds up in the blood, diabetes complications follow:

Increased risk of glaucoma and cataracts in the eyes.

Neuropathy or nerve damage.

Poor circulation and foot problems sometimes leading to amputation

Bacterial and fungal infections of the skin

Heart disease

High blood pressure

Increase risk of hearing loss

Omega 7 research shows promise for those heading toward Type 2 Diabetes.  Omega 7, or palmitoleic acid, is a monounsaturated fatty acid.  Found in most body tissues, it is more concentrated in the liver.  What makes it so beneficial for those with diabetes is two fold.  Omega 7 reduces inflammation thereby increasing insulin sensitivity.  Secondly, it inhibits the destruction of insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas.  Omega 7 contributes to the proper functioning of the pancreas and improves the body’s ability to uptake glucose.

While most research is has been done on mice, human trials are showing promise as well.

How to increase your intake of Omega 7

Omega 7 can be found in plant, animal and marine oils such as macadamia nuts and salmon.  But, sea buckthorn oil is the richest source of Omega 7 weighing in at 40%.  Sibu Beauty provides premium, wild-grown sea buckthorn oil in its Cellular Support Capsules and Revitalize and Renew Liquid Supplement.

Protect your health by incorporating Omega 7 supplementation into your diet.


New Findings Reveal Omega-7 Beneficial to Heart Health

Omega 7 for Heart Health

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For years we have been told about the many benefits of various Omega fatty acids on numerous internal functions but the scientific and medical communities have just begun to realize the remarkable attributes of the little-known and seldom-researched fatty acid, Omega 7, also known as Palmitoleic Acid. 

In a recent study under the tutelage of Dr. Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, Omega 7 has been touted as the “next Omega” and the positive effects it has demonstrated on the ability to lower dangerous LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while, at the same time, boosting and raising the good, heart-healthy HDL cholesterol. The most astounding difference between Omega 7 and Omega 3 is that while Omega 3 has lowered triglycerides it can subsequently also elevate the “bad” cholesterol or LDL’s.  In addition to negatively impacting the heart, a rise in LDL cholesterol is also a direct link to the potential of developing Type-2 diabetes. 

In the study the total population realized a drop in LDL cholesterol after being administered only 210 mg/day of Omega 7. 

Studies continue throughout the world and new published reports will be available in the coming months. A recent study is outlined by Dr. Roizen. Click here to see his video

It is important to realize that all Omega 7 is not created equally. The methods in growing, harvesting and most importantly extracting and processing make a difference in the effectiveness and potency of this nutritional powerhouse, Omega-7.

The sea buckthorn berry has the highest concentration of Omega 7 of any food source and is the key ingredient in both the topical and ingestible products in the Sibu Beauty line. 

Sibu, LLC is about to introduce a new nutritionally-focused ingestible line of supplements under the label “Sibu 7” which will be available online this fall and on store shelves in early 2013. 

For more information, feel free to post your question or comments below.

Skin Care for Men


Is there really a difference between men and women’s products other than scent? Many skin care products catering to women will use distinctly feminine scents with floral or sweet notes, sending most guys out the store doors with bar soap and maybe sunscreen if they know enough about skin care to protect themselves from UV damage.

To reach the male skin care market, companies often take the same formulations geared toward women and exchange the scent with something more masculine smelling like woodsy notes.  But is that really all there is to it?

The Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Skin

Both genders have similarities when it comes to aging, sensitivity, oiliness and more.  The difference comes when we take a look at hormonal differences and the role of facial hair.  Men generally have higher levels of testosterone than women, which can result in increased oiliness.  While this oiliness can be troublesome for daily care and preventing breakouts, the increase in moisture retention from teens to the middle years can help men’s skin age better. Higher testosterone levels also provide some protection from collagen and elastin degradation.  After age 50, as testosterone levels decline, men will find their skin becoming more dry and in need of more emollient products.

If a man sports a beard, this actually protects the underlying skin from UV exposure.  Over many years the cumulative effect can make a significant difference in the youthfulness of that skin. Conversely, shaving the skin causes increased sensitivity, inflammation, potential for infection and ingrown hairs.  All of these factors call for products that can specifically address these variables.  Hence, the men’s old standby, “aftershave.”  Unfortunately, most aftershaves have not been updated to remove irritants and promote  healing of skin tissue.  This is where research-based skin care, usually reserved for women’s skin care, crosses over to help men get better results.

The likelihood of ingrown hairs decreases with regular exfoliation, so adding a scrub to the weekly routine can really help.  Aftershave needs to add moisture without increasing oiliness, reduce inflammation, and have ingredients that are anti-microbial.

Science Based Skin Care

With science supporting our skin care, Sibu Beauty’s formulations are suited for all skin types, including men’s.  To address the stress caused to the skin from shaving we particularly recommend our Exfoliating Scrub and Hydrating Serum.  Use our scrub on a weekly basis to reduce the likelihood of ingrown hairs.

In addition to being chalk full of antioxidants and Omega 7, sea buckthorn is naturally anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.  Using our Sea buckthorn Hydrating Serum with hyaluronic acid makes the perfect moisturizing, calming, and healing aftershave.

What most skin care lines overlook, is that great skin starts from the inside out.  We always recommend drinking our all natural Revitalize & Renew Drink with organic Sea Buckthorn and taking our Cellular Support Capsules to give your body over 190 nutrients and especially Omega-7 for the formation of healthy hair, skin and nails.

For more information on men’s skin we recommend checking out the International Dermal Institute.

Health and beauty relies on these “must have” Vitamins & Omegas

Omega 3, 6, 7, 9Research suggests that a boost in your daily vitamin and omega intake can reduce or eliminate acne breakouts, and your body will thank you as well.

To start, a study in 2004 by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine revealed that an increased intake of Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce acne lesions. When combined with a low glycemic diet- little to no white flour – its effectiveness is much greater.

Those who suffer greatly from acne should try consuming less sugar and white flour, and consuming more nuts, whole grains and fish. Our rationale:

The Omega’s

Omega-3 (fish, sea buckthorn & chia): Supports healthy heart, brain and eye function, as well as reduces swelling and joint discomfort.

Omega-5 (pomegranate & fish): Promotes healthy weight and cardiovascular health as well as aids in blood-sugar balance.

Omega-6 (borage, fish & sea buckthorn): Benefits hair and skin, and has been linked to improving mood and hormone balance. Also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Omega-7 (sea buckthorn & Fish): Promotes healthy weight and bowel regularity. Antioxidant properties aid anti-aging and nourish healthy cells – especially in the digestive tract.

Omega-9 (borage & fish): Linked to healthy cardiovascular system and cholesterol level. Supports improved immune function and healthy blood sugar.

Vitamin A
Where you can find it: Egg yolks, carrots, broccoli, cantaloupes, apricots, kale, garlic, fish liver oil, sweet potatoes, water cress, papayas, yellow squash, sea buckthorn and red peppers.

Vitamin A, “Skin Vitamin,” is essential in skin repair. It is needed to repair and maintain epithelial tissue, which composes the skin and mucous membranes. Two types of Vitamin A include, Preformed Vitamin A (retinol), which is part of the retinoid family, and Provitamin A, beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that helps reduce premature aging of the skin.

Vitamin B
Where you can find it: Whole grain, brown rice, egg yolks, peanuts, sea buckthorn, dried prunes, fish and green leafy vegetables.

Vitamin B works to manage the nervous system, skin, hair, mouth, eyes, brain and the digestive system. Vitamin B has also been known to alleviate depression and anxiety.

Vitamin B is broken down into 7 different Vitamins, which compose the Vitamin B Complex (this is a much easier vitamin to take instead of all 7 separately): B1 Thamine, B2 Riboflavin, B3 Niacin, B5 Pantothenic Acid, B6 Pyridoxine, B12 Cyanocobalamin, and Biotin. You can find the benefits of all of the Vitamin B’s HERE.

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Holy Fruit Beauty Secret Profiled On The Doctors Show

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Sea buckthorn berry – the holy fruit cherished by native Tibetans was featured on this mornings episode of ‘The Doctors’ as a natural home remedy moisturizer. The doctors noted that sea buckthorn is loaded with Omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9 and offer exceptional nutrient qualities for hair, skin and nails. Watch as the host drinks our Revitalize and Renew Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement.

Best Home Remedies from around the World

Sibu segment is at 2:41 in the clip.

Doctors Show

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Meet Sibu

Sibu BerriesWhat’s a Sibu?

That is a great question and one that we hear every day here at Sibu Beauty. Sea buckthorns are shrubs that produce orange berries like the ones you see in the picture, and are rich in oils and nutrients. When the berries are pressed, the sea-buckthorn juice separates into three layers: on top is a thick, orange cream; in the middle, a layer containing a high content of saturated and polyunsaturated fats; and the bottom layer is juice.1 It is considered to be the, “Holy Fruit of the Himalayas because of its powerful nutritional benefits.

Tibetan Himalayas

So Sibu is a plant that produces berries, what does this do for me?

Sea buckthorn has been talked about for its health benefits for 13 centuries, and is backed by scores of scientific studies. With more than 190 bioactive compounds, sea buckthorn berries are an unsurpassed source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9, and a rich source of the elusive Omega-7, an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails. Other benefits include prevention of premature aging and obesity.

Sibu berries are widely recognized as the ultimate superfood, not just for the 190 bioactive compounds, but for the what they actually mean for you, including:

  • Sustained energy levels
  • Improved cellular health
  • Cardiovascular support
  • Healthy inflammation response
  • Joint support
  • Moisturizing dry and damaged skin
  • Improved immune health
  • Decrease in wrinkles and fine lines
  • Addressing eczema and rosacea symptoms
  • Improves hair, nail and skin tone and texture
  • Aid Digestion
  • Healthy aging

While it may sound too good to be true, 1,300 years and hundreds of scientific tests say otherwise. And further elevating the Sibu berry is the extremely high amounts of vitamin C 12 times more vitamin C than Oranges!

What else does this Super Fruit have in it?

  • Carotenoids
  • Polyphenolic Acids
  • Amino Acids
  • Dietary Minerals
  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, K, P & E
  • Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9 (Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs)
  • 42 Lipids
  • Organic Acids
  • Folic Acid
  • Tocopherols
  • Flavonoids
  • Phenols
  • Terpenes
  • Tannins
  • 20 Mineral Elements

Sibu Beauty: Built on nature’s strongest foundation

All these amazing benefits make the sea buckthorn berry the best possible foundation for Sibu Beauty. Coming up, we will look each of the Sibu Beauty products and show how they enhance your beauty from the inside out and outside in.

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Beauty From the Inside Out

As far back as anyone can remember, Mom’s have been telling their children that beauty comes from the inside. Turns out she’s right and that may have been the best beauty tip she ever gave you. That bit of wisdom, and a 1,300 year old Himalayan treasure, make the Sibu Beauty system different from anything else you have ever seen.

The sea buckthorn berry, or Sibu berry, has been heralded as the ultimate superfood for its ability to deliver more than 190 bio active compounds – including antioxidants, Omega fatty acids and the elusive Omega-7 – in a tiny little berry. Now, Sibu Beauty Revitalize & Renew, and Cellular Support deliver them directly to your hair, skin and nails, truly bringing you beauty from the inside out.

Revitalize & Renew

liquid-supplementWhat does the Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement do for me?

  • Improves skin tone and texture*
  • Supports hair and nail growth*
  • Abundant source of Omega fatty acids*
  • Powerful free radical scavenger*
  • Supports sustained energy levels*

What is in the Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement?

Serving Size: 1 fl. oz. (30 mL)
Servings Per Container: 25
Amount Per Serving %Daily Value*
Calories 25
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4%
Sugars 4 g **
Vitamin A (100% as natural beta carotene) 337 IU 6%
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 7 mg 10%
Natural Essential Fatty Acids:
Omega 3 63 mg **
Omega 6 76 mg **
Omega 7 134 mg **
Omega 9 123 mg **
Carotenoids 1.2 mg **
Flavonoids 5.3 mg **
*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Daily Value not established.

Other Ingredients: Sea buckthorn fruit puree, apple juice from concentrate, white grape juice from concentrate, acerola fruit juice from concentrate, evaporated cane juice, banana puree, seabuckthorn seed oil, natural flavors, pectin, xanthan gum. No dairy, wheat, gluten, sodium, yeast or preservatives.

Cellular Support

cellular-supportWhat does the Sea Buckthorn Softgel Supplement do for me?

  • Super-dose of Omega 7 fatty acids
  • Sea buckthorn oil antioxidant
  • Repairs and rejuvenates damaged cells*
  • Powerful free radical scavenger*
  • Soothes and repairs linings of digestive and uro-genital tracts
  • Increases vitality*

What is in the Sea Buckthorn Softgel Supplement?

80 percent sea buckthorn fruit oil and 20 percent sea buckthorn seed oil in a Kosher certified gel-cap. CERES certified organic.

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