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Xi'an Rainbow Biotech Co.,Ltd | Updated: Jul 06, 2016


Rose Hip Benefits

A rose hip is the fruit of a rose. Also known as rose haw or rose

hep. The wild dog rose is the type of rose most often cultivated

for their hips. This plant grows up to ten feet tall and bears a

white, very fragrant flower. Once the flower has bloomed, and all

the petals have fallen off, the hip is picked and used in a wide

variety of preparations. Rose hips are the best source of vitamin

C; they contain 50% more vitamin C than oranges. A single

tablespoon of the pulp gives an adult more than the

recommended daily allowance of 60 mg. They can be eaten raw,

after being put through a blender, or soaked in water overnight

and then cooked in the water for about half an hour. Because of

the high vitamin C content they are an excellent immune system

booster, and are often used as a supplement to prevent or treat a

cold. The pulp from rose hips may be used in sauces or made into jelly.
Rose hips are particularly high in vitamin C, one of the richest

plant sources available. However, RP-HPLC assays of fresh rose

hips and several commercially available products revealed a wide

range of L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) content, ranging from 0.03 to

1.3%. Rose hips of some species, especially Rosa canina (dog

rose) and R. majalis, have been used as a source of vitamin C.
Rose hips contain the carotenoids beta-carotene, lutein,

zeaxanthin and lycopene, which are under basic research for a

variety of potential biological roles, such as inhibiting oxidation of

low density lipoprotein.
A meta-analysis of human studies examining the potential for

rose hip extracts to reduce arthritis pain concluded there was a

small effect requiring further analysis of safety and efficacy

inclinical trials. It is not considered an appropriate treatment for

knee osteoarthritis.
Rose hips are commonly used as a herbal tea, often blended with

hibiscus, and an oil is also extracted from the seeds. They can

also be used to make jam, jelly, marmalade, and rose hip wine.

Rose hip soup, "nyponsoppa", is especially popular in Sweden.

Rhodomel, a type of mead, is made with rose hips.
Rose hips can be used to make pálinka, the traditional Hungarian

fruit brandy popular in Hungary, Romania, and other countries

sharing Austro-Hungarian history. Rose hips are also the central

ingredient of cockta, the fruity-tasting national soft drink of


Health benefits

The fruit acids and pectin in rose hip tea is a mild diuretic and

laxative. It is used to improve, and relieve the symptoms of

kidney disorders, or to help in the case of mild constipation. To

make the tea simply pour a cup boiling water over a tablespoon of

crushed, dried hips and let steep. After straining out any pieces of

the hips you can add honey and drink.
Treats skin ailments

The astringent qualities of rose hip oil makes it a valuable

addition in cosmetic preparations. It has the ability to help

regenerate new skin cells. This can be used to treat scars, acne

and burns. While it is an astringent, it does not dry out the skin;

actually it helps to rehydrate it, keeping the moisture in. Drinking

rose hip tea daily will also benefit your skin. Rose hips have a

high vitamin Acontent. Vitamin A is commonly referred to as the

"skin vitamin". It helps to regenerate skin cells, healing wounds

and scars. It also helps to keep the skin elastic and nourished.

This will not only prevent wrinkles, but can actually help to

minimize any that have already appeared.

Aids immune system

The vitamin A is also beneficial to the immune system. It can

help to prevent infections from both bacteria and viruses. It helps

the immune system to fight off any infections that do occur too.
Anti-inflammatory properties
Many complementary medicine physicians use rose hips to treat

wounds and inflammations. Research in Denmark and Germany

used a rose hip remedy. The results showed that the remedy was

actually very beneficial in treating rheumatoid arthritis. The group

taking the remedy had an improvement in their mobility by 20 to

25%. They experienced less pain and a general overall

improvement in mood and the way they felt. The studies showed

significant improvement in individuals suffering from osteoarthritis

as well, proving the anti-inflammatory properties


Because they contain a variety of antioxidants; carotenoids,

flavonoids, polyphenols, leucoanthocyanins and catechins, rose

hips are considered to be a good cancer preventative. These same

antioxidants are also used to prevent against cardiovascula disease.
If you decide to harvest your own rose hips there are a few things

to keep in mind. Make sure you do not use any herbicides or

pesticides on the plant. Although you may be tempted to prune

off old flowers, you have to let them die and the petals fall

naturally to get the hips. This means you may not have the

flowers around for as long as you could. You can store rose hips in

the freezer, made into jelly, or dried. When storing them be sure

to not use a metal container, the fruit acids and the metal do not

mix well.
Rose hips have been used since the Stone Age. Today we are

finding out, and proving, that the benefits of this flower fruit are

indeed valid. Don't only take the time to stop and smell the

roses, take a bit more time to eat the fruit too。




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