Rose Hips – a Fascinating Fruit

The ripe ovary or the seeded fruit of the rose, particularly of the wild dog variant, is most often referred to as a rose hip. The hip is picked after the flower blooms and all the petals have fallen off. It is commonly used in traditional medicine because it’s rich in Vitamin C, even more than citrus fruits. Aside from that, it also helps alleviate inflammation.

Rose hips have a lot of other names, some of which are rose haw, rose hep, hip fruit, wild boar fruit, hop fruit, and Persian rose.

Benefits:

  • Provides anti-inflammatory effects
  • Serves as an anti-diarrheal
  • Brings menstrual relief
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Functions as a Vitamin C supplement
  • Treats and prevents colds
  • Fights infection
  • Works as an astringent
  • Exhibits diuretic effects
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Relieves stomach irritations
  • Fights off free radicals
  • Prevents diabetes

Anti-Inflammatory (Treatment for Osteoarthritis) Research has shown that rose hip is beneficial to those suffering from osteoarthritis, significantly reducing pain and stiffness, as well as improving bone function.

Menstrual Relief Rose hip used in aromatherapy is known to relieve painful menstruation.

Vitamin C supplement Rose hip surpasses oranges in Vitamin C content, having as much as 50% more. The vitamin’s abundance is what makes rose hip a potent immune system booster, fighting off infections and preventing colds better than most alternatives. This medicinal fruit is also loaded with Vitamin A, making it even more effective in improving overall wellbeing.

Astringent Early Indians are said to have used rose hips for treating wounds and scabs – a benefit made possible by an ability to induce skin cell regeneration. The Vitamin A present also prevents wrinkles and keeps the skin elastic. Rose hip is a preferred astringent because unlike its unnatural counterparts, it does not dehydrate the skin; in fact, it helps it stay hydrated during the healing process.

Antioxidant Rose hips contain large amounts of antioxidants, allowing them to prevent cancer and a number of cardiovascular diseases. These antioxidants also reduce cholesterol levels, in turn preventing an increase of blood pressure caused by fat deposits in the blood vessels.

Diuretic Fruit acids and pectin, components that are in abundance in rose hip, act as a mild diuretic and laxative. So, the fruit is actually useful in relieving mild constipation and alleviating gastric inflammation. The same components also relieve kidney disorders.

Rose hips are usually consumed as a tea but can be enjoyed in the form of jams, syrups, and even wines. No notable side effects have been reported other than several respiratory allergies. Overall, this fascinating fruit is definitely worth looking into, especially for those having trouble avoiding medical dilemmas.

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