Are you looking for the best sea buckthorn powder? Do you know how to find the best one?
Below, we list 10 key things you should assess to find the best sea buckthorn powder. By following these recommendations, you can easily assess and compare sea buckthorn powders, and choose the best for you.
WILD VS. FARMED (CULTIVATED)
Highest quality ingredients are always the key to top quality food products; the same applies to sea buckthorn powder. One of the most important aspects to understand is that not all sea buckthorn berries are the same.
The most nutrient-rich and thus healthiest sea buckthorn berries are the ones growing in the wild Arctic nature. These sea buckthorn berries have about four times higher content in antioxidants (i.e., anthocyanins) than cultivated berries (read more here). If you want to have a true superfood, go for a sea buckthorn powder that comes from wild berries.
Recommendation: Go for a wild sea buckthorn powder.
METHOD OF DRYING
Another important point to note is how the sea buckthorn powder was made. Most commonly, fresh sea buckthorn berries are first dried and then powdered. A critical aspect you should pay attention to is the drying method used, as it makes a big difference in the quality, taste, fragrance, and nutritional value of the sea buckthorn powder.
Heat-drying method is commonly used for drying the fresh berries. Unfortunately, using heat reduces the quality and nutritional value of the berries. Also, the color, taste, and the fragrance of the berries are deteriorated when using the heat-drying method.The other drying method called freeze-drying, is considered the best for multiple reasons. As no heat is used, it maintains the characteristics and unique nutritional value of sea buckthorn berries in the best way.
Recommendation: Go for freeze-dried sea buckthorn powder.
MADE OF WHOLE BERRIES VS. PARTS OF BERRIES
Sea buckthorn powder can be made by using the whole berry including the flesh, skin, and seeds, or just parts of it – such as the flesh or the juice of the berry. An important thing to understand is that the most nutritious and thus, the best sea buckthorn powders are made of the whole berries. The reason is that the skin, seeds, and flesh each contain different essential nutrients. The seeds, for example, are rich in quercetin, which is a flavonoid linked to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease. To enjoy the most nutritional value, choose a sea buckthorn powder which is made of the whole berries instead of parts of it.
Recommendation: Go for sea buckthorn powder made from whole berries.
INGREDIENTS – 100% BERRIES VS. SOMETHING ADDED
We recommend you always check the ingredient list of a sea buckthorn powder, as it may tell you a lot about the product quality. Preservatives, added sugars, colorants, or sweeteners are often added to sea buckthorn powder. This is typically a sign of lower quality sea buckthorn powder. These unhealthy additives are used to improve the smell, taste, color, and shelf life of lower quality sea buckthorn powder.
The best sea buckthorn powders include only one ingredient: whole sea buckthorn berries – nothing else. As previously mentioned, the freeze-drying method preserves the quality and characteristics of the fresh berries in the best way. This method typically guarantees a shelf life of minimum two years, without compromising the quality of the product. In summary, a premium sea buckthorn powder made of 100% whole sea buckthorn berries does not need any added preservatives or artificial sweeteners or colorants.
Recommendation: Go for a sea buckthorn powder that has only one ingredient: whole sea buckthorn berries.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
As mentioned before, the secret to the best sea buckthorn powder is the quality of the berries. Choosing sea buckthorn berries from a clean and unpolluted nature is always recommended, instead of regions known for their heavy industry and polluted air, water, and soil.
Countries that are well-known for their clean and unpolluted nature, such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Canada are great options for country of origin. We recommend to look for sea buckthorn powder, which sources the berries from these countries. It is known that berries that come from countries like India, China, Poland, and other countries with high air pollution and heavy industry, are more likely to be polluted.
Recommendation: Go for sea buckthorn powder from countries known for their unpolluted and clean environment and such as Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Canada.
ORGANIC VS. CONVENTIONAL
Organic products have become increasingly popular. However, when it comes to berries, it is critical to understand what organic actually means, and whether ‘organic’ berries are really better.
In simple terms, organic means that no antibiotics, pesticides, or genetically modified (GMO) plants are used for farming.
However, for a wild product such as wild sea buckthorn powder, the organic label does not really add value. The reason is that the wild berries are not cultivated but instead, they have grown wild and free in nature. Furthermore, pesticides are never used when a berry grows wild in nature. Similarly, no fertilizers are used as nature gives the best all-natural fertilizers. Thus, having organic certification adds does not make a difference for wild berries. In Finland for example, all forests are classified as organic. However, as they are not farmed, they are not eligible for an official organic certification, as they are wild natural forests.
If you buy a sea buckthorn powder made of cultivated (farmed) sea buckthorn berries, we recommend going for organic, as it is a safer and cleaner option. However, if you buy a wild sea buckthorn powder, choose a country of origin which is well-known for its clean and unpolluted environment.
Recommendation: If you buy a wild berry powder, country of origin is more important than an organic certification. If your berry powder is made of cultivated berries, choose organic.
COLOR, TASTE & FRAGRANCE
The best sea buckthorn powder has a dark orange color without added artificial colorants. When you smell a premium quality sea buckthorn powder, you should sense a citrusy, tangy fragrance – just like fresh sea buckthorn berries!
If you have tried sea buckthorn berries, just the smell of the sea buckthorn powder will tell you about its quality. If the sea buckthorn powder doesn’t smell like much, it is likely that it won’t taste like much either. There are several reasons why a sea buckthorn powder may not have much taste. Typical reasons are lower quality sea buckthorn berries used for making the powder, a low quality drying method, or an old product. Don’t choose the cheapest option, choose the option with the best value for money.
Recommendation: Go for a sea buckthorn powder which has a natural dark orange color, fresh citrusy smell, and a delicious tangy taste – just like fresh sea buckthorn berries.
The best way to store berry powder is in an airtight package, which does not expose the powder to light or air. This is because light, especially sunlight, can quickly impact the color, flavor, and fragrance of the sea buckthorn powder. You may have seen sea buckthorn powder sold in transparent bags, which can look attractive. Unfortunately, this can deteriorate the quality of the sea buckthorn powder, once exposed to light.
Recommendation: Go for a sea buckthorn powder in airtight packaging that is fully covered and thus, does not expose it to light.
Recommendation: Do not blindly choose a sea buckthorn powder based on price – you may end up buying a low quality product. Understand what goes into the pricing and assess the product quality before buying your berry powder. Go for a good deal and not for a cheap deal.
Who should you trust to find the best sea buckthorn powder in the market? Other people who have already tried it are always a great starting point! No wonder product reviews are thoroughly read; they give you insights the product packaging may not have. Just quickly skimming through the product reviews can convince you (or not) whether the product is of premium quality and good value for money.
Recommendation: Go for a sea buckthorn powder with positive customer reviews.
Even though you may want to find the cheapest deal on the market, keep in mind that usually price is an indicator of quality. A low-priced sea buckthorn powder is typically of lower quality or mass-produced in an industrial farm. Unfortunately, this impacts the nutritional value of the product.
A sea buckthorn powder made from organic or wild sea buckthorn berries will always be more expensive than mass-produced cultivated sea buckthorn. A higher priced can be justified if the berry powder meets one or more of the following criteria: it is made with freeze-drying method, it comes from a country known for unpolluted nature, it is made of wild berries or it has an organic certification (when buying farmed berries). These factors ensure a high quality berry powder, but come at a higher price.
In summary, lower price usually means lower quality and therefore lower nutritional value of the sea buckthorn powder.
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Those are the 10 things you should note when looking for the best sea buckthorn powder in the market. We hope you find it insightful and helpful!
We created this list simply because we at Arctic Flavors are very passionate about sea buckthorn powder and we are proud of offering the highest quality globally! This is a strong statement, but we really believe it.
Before we launched Arctic Flavors, we spent 12 months researching and trying different berry powders, to really understand what is the difference between the best quality powders and the rest. We were shocked about the quality differences.
We worked hard to find the best quality sea buckthorn powder. We encourage you to trust us and try our delicious, nutritious berry powders! We guarantee you will notice the difference in quality. Arctic Flavors wild sea buckthorn powder is made of 100% wild sea buckthorn berries growing in the clean nature of Finland. Our powders are always made using the method of freeze-drying. We hope you love the powder as much as we do! Add this superfood in your nutrition, and your body will thank you!
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