Rose hip is one of the most common herbs found in mixes all around the world. It is delicious and very medicinal and an excellent addition to your everyday routines!
Prevents Chronic Diseases
The carotenoids, flavonoids, and polyphenols that can be found in rose hips are very powerful antioxidants, which eliminate or neutralize free radicals found within the body. Free radicals are the by-products of cellular metabolism that damage healthy cells by causing them to mutate into cancerous cells, or simply killing them off. A lack of antioxidants is also connected to cancer, heart diseases, and premature aging. The antioxidants in rose hips are particularly adept at keeping the body healthy from all angles.
Could rose hips be another natural way to fight some types of cancer? It looks possible, according to some research to date. A type of breast cancer known as triple negative prevalent amongst young women as well as those who are African-American or Hispanic is a very aggressive form of cancer which does not respond to most available treatments.
During an in vitro study (lab study) published in 2015 in the Cancer Research journal scientists treated tissues cultures of African American triple negative (HCC70, HCC1806) and luminal (HCC1500) breast cancer cell lines with several concentrations of rosehip extract. The findings were very positive: “Each of the breast cancer cell lines were treated with rosehip extracts (1mg/mL to 25ng/mL) demonstrated a significant decrease in cell proliferation.” Pretreatment of the cancer cell lines with rosehip extract also selectively reduced MAPK and AKT, two enzymes that are known to promote cell growth in triple negative breast cancer.
Also, a A PLOS One study states that rosehip extracts have a positive effect against human colon cancer cell lines.
The organic compounds and antioxidant components in rose hips also reduce the LDLcholesterol in your body, thereby reducing strain on your cardiovascular system and also lowering your chances of suffering a stroke or a heart attack.
Rose hips have an impressive amount of vitamin C, which is one of the best components to boost the immune system. Vitamin C stimulates white blood cells and is also essential for the prevention of asthma and general health of the respiratory system. This can be seen in the reduction of respiratory conditions such as cold and flu through the intake of rose hips and its high levels of vitamin C.
Rose hips have been shown to strictly regulate the blood sugar level of the body, which is very important for people suffering from diabetes. By keeping the balance of insulin and glucose in the body, they can prevent the sudden plunges or spikes in blood sugar that can be deadly.
Aids in Digestion
Rosehips are rich in pectin, a naturally occurring polysaccharide (complex sugar) that acts as a prebiotic – an indigestible fibre that is used in the gut to increase populations of healthy bacteria, aid digestion and enhance the absorption of valuable vitamins.
Pectin also supports a laxative effect in the intestines and is helpful in cases of mild constipation. It appears that intestinal functions are modulated by Rosehips and as such, they can aid in cases of diarrhoea, stomach pain and gastric inflammation.
People all over the world want their skin to look more beautiful, blemish-free, and youthful. There are hundreds of products and potential treatments for tightening and toning the skin and rose hips are one of the best options. The astringent quality of rose hips keeps the skin elastic, so it doesn’t develop wrinkles. It eliminates the flaws easily, heals the burns and scars, and makes the skin look younger and vibrant.
Rose hips have a significant amount of iron, which is an essential component in the creation of red blood cells. Therefore, having an adequate amount of rose hips in your diet can prevent anemia and also keep your essential organs well-oxygenated, thus increasing metabolic activity and optimizing the functionality of various organ systems.
Enhances Bone Health
One of the most important roles of vitamin C is its essential role in producing collagen. Collagen, along with the other important minerals found in rose hips, can help prevent osteoporosis by maintaining bone mineral density well into your old age, keeping you strong, flexible, and able to live an active life!
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capacity of Rosehips has been the focus of much research in relation to arthritis in recent years. Rosehips hit the headlines in 2014 when a natural supplement made from Rosehip extract was found to reduce the agony of arthritis by a staggering 90 per cent.
Other studies have also shown similar results of arthritis symptom reduction including less pain and stiffness with rose hip supplementation.
The researchers found that daily intake of rose hip extract significantly reduced all of the following in the pre-obese subjects: abdominal total fat area; abdominal visceral fat area; body weight; and body mass index. Their body fat percentage also dropped, and there were no adverse reactions reported during the study. These decreases were also substantially higher compared to the placebo group.
The researchers identified tiliroside, an active ingredient in Rosehips, to be responsible for the fat-reducing properties of the fruit. This compound accelerates fat metabolism and improves the body’s utilisation of glucose, which prevents fat from building up in the tissue and triggers fat burning. In addition, tiliroside also possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties.