Rosehip Fruit Reviews
The Rosehip has its pet name as “Dog Rose”. This plant is native to Europe, North West Africa and Asia. Flesh fruits are noted for their high vitamin C contents, and are used to make syrup, tea and marmalade. Indeed, Rosehip has been grown or encouraged in the everywhere for the production of vitamin C from its fruit, especially during conditions of scarcity or during wartime. Its stems are covered in hooked thorns, which the plant uses to climb. The leaves are oddly pinnate, dark to glaucous green in colour and comprised of 5-7 ovate leaflets with serrated edges, each leaflet being 10-40mm in length. The flowers are usually pale pink, but can vary from deep pink to white, maturing into an oval 1.5–2 cm red-orange fruit, or hip or hep.
Chemical Constitution of Rosehip Fruit Extract
Rosehip fruits are particularly rich in vitamin C, containing 426 mg per 100g. However, RP-HPLC assays of fresh Rosehip and several commercially available products revealed a wide range of L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) content, ranging from 0.03% to 1.3%.
Rosehip contains the Carotenoids Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Lycopene, which are under basic research for a variety of potential biological roles. A meta-analysis of human studies examining the potential for Rosehip extracts to reduce arthritis pain concluded there was a small effect requiring further analysis of safety and efficacy in clinical trials.
Health Benefits of Rosehip Fruit Extract
Rosehip’s petals, hips and galls are astringent, carminative, diuretic, laxative, ophthalmic and tonic. So Rosehip is often used as medicine, food supplement and cosmetic. The hips are taken internally in the treatment of colds, influenza, minor infectious diseases, scurvy, diarrhoea and gastritis. A syrup made from the hips is used as a pleasant flavouring in medicines and is added to cough mixtures. A distilled water made from the plant is slightly astringent and is used as a lotion for delicate skins. The seeds have been used as a vermifuge. The plant is used in Bach flower remedies. The fruit of many members of this genus is a very rich source of Vitamins and Minerals, especially in Vitamins A, C and E, Flavanoids and other Bio-Active compounds. It is also a fairly good source of essential fatty acids, which is fairly unusual for a fruit. It is being investigated as a food that is capable of reducing the incidence of cancer and also as a means of halting or reversing the growth of cancers. Ascorbic acid in Dog Rose shells (Vitamin C, 0.2 to 2.4%).
Trials of Christensen and other doctors regarding the Does the Hip Powder of Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Reduce Pain in Osteoarthritis Patients mentioned that Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing a preparation of Rosehip powder with placebo in patients with clinical or radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis were eligible for inclusion in the review. The primary outcome of interest was reduction in pain. Secondary outcome included change in the average level of painkillers used, the number of responders to therapy and adverse events. Studies in conditions such as non-osteoarthritis joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, pain due to surgery or injury or studies with mixed patient groups (e.g., osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis) unless subgroup data for osteoarthritis were available, were excluded.
Side Effects of Rosehip Fruit Extract
Mild cases of gastrointestinal discomfort and acid regurgitation were reported in both study arms. In one trial, mild unwanted effects that did not cause withdrawal were reported for frequent voiding, diarrhoea, constipation and short episode of mild urticaria.
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