Friday, 13 July 2012



It’s funny how we take our bodily functions for granted – until something isn’t functioning the way it should any longer. Sometimes these can be major issues, and everybody understands how debilitating it is. However, life seems to be full of little niggles which nevertheless are really irritating. Paper cuts on your finger for instance – how irritating are they? And don’t expect any sympathy either!

I guess in the grand scheme of things, dryness in various body parts fall into that category. You don’t get much sympathy but boy, can it stop you functioning properly. If our mucous membranes are not healthy it can lead to a variety of issues including dry eyes, dry mouth and even intimate dryness.

Mucous membranes cover the digestive, respiratory and urogenital tracts and the inner surface of the eyes. They play an essential role in wellbeing of the whole body as they are the buffers between us and the environment, and provide major routes for pathogens, toxins and allergens.

Lifestyle, stress, diet and the ageing process can all increase the risk of drying mucous membranes. Contact lenses, central heating and air conditioning can dry the eyes, some medication and diseases cause dry mouth and almost half of all women experience intimate dryness around menopause.

At Elixir, we have for a number of years recommended a fantastic product for these irritating issues: Pharma Nord’s Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Oil capsules. Sea buckthorn berries has been used as a valuable source of nutrient for more than a thousand years in Asian traditional medicine, and both the seeds and the soft fruit carry beneficial properties. The seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids, and the pulp oil is the richest source of palmitoleic acid (omega 7), rarely found in the plant kingdom. Both the seed and pulp oil contain high levels of vitamin E and plant sterols – which you may have come across as a cholesterol lowering agent. Sea buckthorn oil not only promotes mucous membrane regeneration, but also provides the vital nutrients needed for their function and renewal.

In clinical studies, Sea buckthorn oil improved dry mouth symptoms, reduced inflammation and improved the general condition of mouth mucosa. Oral treatment with Sea buckthorn oil capsules for four weeks could effectively relieve dry mouth symptoms in adults, especially women and the elderly.

During or after the menopause, around 50% of women will suffer distressing but all too common vaginal dryness, caused by a reduction in oestrogen levels. Sea buckthorn oil is shown to promote mucous membrane regeneration and also provides the nutrients essential for the proper functioning of the membranes within the vaginal tract. Intimate dryness is a menopausal symptom many women suffer with in silence, but there really is no need to. Telephone us at Elixir, and you are sure to get a sympathetic reception. We really are only too happy to help. And what’s the point in keeping quiet about it, when there is such an easy solution?

There are no side effects to Sea buckthorn oil, but pregnant or lactating women and those on medication should seek the advice of their medical professional before taking supplements.

To buy this product click on the following link: If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you can telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information. We're always there to help.

By Randi Henderson
Elixir Health Foods

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