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Super foods: facts & fiction

By Pauline D. Loh | China Daily | Updated: 2013-02-17 09:40

Fit food guide

The latest fad foods in China are drawn both from time-tested products grown locally and others that come from abroad, Pauline D. Loh reports.

Sea-buckthorn berries (shajizi, 沙棘子)

Super foods: facts & fiction

The herders and shepherds of Inner Mongolia autonomous region have long used sea-buckthorn as fodder for their cattle and lambs. This real super food has an extremely high vitamin C content, about 15 times that of an orange by weight and is packed with vitamin E, dietary minerals and omega-7, a fatty acid that helps build healthy hair, skin and nails.

It is rich in carotenoids, amino acids, polyphenols and flavonols. Sea-buckthorn is available in concentrates, juices, and powder form as supplements.

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