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Organic Rosehips

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Rose hips, also known as rose haw, develop on wild rose plants after the flowers fall off and have been used traditionally to treat a variety of ailments and conditions. Rose hips are high in vitamin C and are believed to contain a great deal of health benefits.

Immune function
Rose hips are high in vitamin C and offer a sugar-free, herbal option for increasing vitamin C levels, which may help to improve immune function. Rose hips are often fed to animals, such as guinea pigs and horses, in order to improve the animal’s levels of vitamin C. During World War II, rose hips were used to make vitamin C syrup for children because citrus fruits were difficult to obtain due to commercial ships being sunk by opposing military forces.

Rose hips are believed to contain many antioxidants, including carotenoids, polyphenols, flavonoids, leucoanthocyanins and catechins. These substances are believed to have a powerful antioxidant effect on the body, which may help to prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer and other health conditions. Rose hips also contain high levels of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that assists in preventing oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL) and cell membranes.

Rose hips are believed to have an anti-inflammatory effect, reducing swelling among inflamed tissues. Some studies suggest that the use of rose hips in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis may help to improve physical function and reduce pain levels. Rose hips are believed to be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature of the herb.

Heart disease
Among obese individuals, the use of rose hips is believed to reduce the risk of heart disease. A study conducted in Europe showed that the use of rose hips for six weeks among obese individuals at risk for heart disease, helped to reduce several risk factors related to heart disease (such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol). In addition to reducing these risk factors, participants were believed to show an overall improvement in health.

Emerging research suggests that rose hips may also help to reduce the symptoms and potentially delay the onset of diabetes. In this study, two groups of mice were fed a high fat diet. The group of mice consuming rose hips, when compared to the mice that were not fed rose hips, were less likely to develop diabetes and demonstrated well-regulated blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels

Diuretic and laxative
Rose hips are believed to act as a gentle diuretic and laxative and may offer relief from the symptoms of kidney problems and mild constipation.

Rose hips may interfere with blood-thinning and anti-inflammatory medications. Individuals using these types of medications should consult their physician prior to using rose hips.

Disclaimer: All information presented on this page is intended for informational purposes only. We strongly recommend speaking to a qualified healthcare provider before beginning any herbal supplement.

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