The Fruit of the Rose plant

A rose by any other name...rosehip is also known as rose haw or rose hep.  It is the fruit of the rose plant. Research has shown that rosehip contains around sixty times more vitamin C than that found in lemons! 

The many benefits of rosehip were discovered by researchers in Chile in 1983.  For centuries the Andean Indians of Chile harvested rosehip for its many healing properties & added it to many food preparations. 

Traditionally is has been used to help to alleviate joint pain & stiffness resulting in smooth working of the joints.It is said that the human body cannot sustain life correctly without sufficient vitamin C, given the extremely high content of it in rosehips; it is an excellent way to get this extremely valuable vitamin.

 Natural vitamins from plants are far more bio-available that those made synthetically.

This is because they contain the required co-factors to work at full capacity.  Most animals can make vitamin C within the body but humans cannot because of the lack of the enzyme L-gunonalactone oxidase.


Why Vitamin C is important

Perhaps the most notable problem caused by a lack of vitamin C is scurvy. Scurvy was suffered by sailors travelling the World in times long past. Scurvy can cause pale skin; poor wound healing, bleeding gums, loose teeth, dry skin & hair, pale skin, loose bowels, etc. When it was discovered that eating citrus fruits alleviated these problems, ships stocked up with the like of oranges & lemons which contain good levels of vitamin C.

Today, we know that Vitamin C contributes to:-
 The reduction of tiredness and fatigue
 To normal collagen function
 To the normal function of the immune system during and after intense exercise
 To normal collagen formation for the normal function of blood vessels
 To normal collagen formation for the normal function of bones
 To normal collagen formation for the normal function of cartilage
 To normal collagen formation for the normal function of gums
 To normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin
 To the normal function of teeth
 To the normal release of energy
 To the normal functioning of the nervous system
 To the normal functioning of the immune system
 To the protection of the cells from oxidative stress
 The increase of iron absorption.

Other benefits of Rosehip

Rosehip also contains levels of iron. Due to this, menstruating women have found it useful during this time. (Blood loss = iron loss).

Rosehips also contain other nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin E and carotenoids, essential fatty acids and certain minerals.

Three Europeans studies show Rosehip relieves osteoarthritis pain. A meta-analysis of three short-term clinical trials involving the same preparation of rosehips concluded that, compared to placebo, rosehips are an effective pain reliever and it reduces the need for other pain medications. Three hundred and six patients participated in the three trials. The meta-analysis looked at two studies from Denmark and one from Norway.

These were:-

A study of 94 patients with early stage osteoarthritis.

A study of 100 patients with end stage osteoarthritis (patients on a waiting list for hip or knee replacement).

A study of 112 patients with osteoarthritis of different joints (including some with hand osteoarthritis).

It would appear that Rosehip is a very effective stand-alone supplement. To use it in conjunction with glucosamine would seem to be an excellent protocol. In other studies, rosehip powder has been shown to prevent and reverse high-fat diet-induced obesity.  It has also been shown to reduce glucose intolerance and blood-plasma levels of cholesterol. This study set out to investigate whether a daily intake of rosehip powder over a six week period would have beneficial effects on obese individuals.

Thirty one obese individuals with normal or impaired glucose tolerance were enrolled in a randomised, double-blind; cross-over study in which the metabolic effects of a daily intake of a rose- hip powder drink over a six week period was compared with a control drink. Body weight, glucose tolerance, blood pressure, blood lipids and markers of inflammation were assessed in the subjects.

The content contained herein is not medical advice, it is for informational purposes only. If you have health concerns please see your doctor or health professional.