The Superfood That Fueled Alexander The Great

  • by XpatAthens
  • Friday, 18 March 2022
The Superfood That Fueled Alexander The Great
Sea buckthorn berries have been used in traditional medicine throughout Central Asia and Eastern Europe for centuries.

The small orange-yellow berries are described as a superfood. They are full of vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids that have been shown to aid in hair and nail growth, benefit eye health, and even boost the immune system as well as increase concentration.

Ancient Greek figures in pharmacology, medicine, botany, and nutrition have long been known for the healing, beneficial qualities of the sea buckthorn berries.

Alexander the Great ate the superfood

Alexander the Great noticed the beneficial qualities of the sea buckthorn berries superfood during his military campaigns in the then known world which he incorporated into his own diet as well as the diet of his troops to give them strength and vitality.

According to ancient sources, the famed Greek leader noticed that his horses loved the berries, and after eating them, they had more strength, shinier hair, recovered more quickly from injury and illness, and seemed to radiate health.

It’s from Alexander that sea buckthorn berries got their scientific name, Hippophae, which comes from the Ancient Greek words hippos and phaos, meaning “shining horse,” referring to the radiant effect the berries had on his horses.

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