Rosehip is a fruit of Rosa canina or Rosa gallica and many other Rosa species. It can be referred to as a pseudo-fruit. Rosehip extract is used in various nutraceutical supplements, herbal teas, etc, which benefit our body in several ways. Let’s understand the reasons why rosehip is fondly consumed by people across several countries.
Reduces Inflammation - Rosehip is known to possess strong anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of galactolipid. A clinical trial was conducted in 2012 to study the anti-inflammatory effects of rosehip. It was found that rosehip was effective in reducing inflammation without causing any ulcerogenic effects, unlike some drugs, in patients suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Rich in Antioxidants - Another reason to choose rose hip is because of the presence of polyphenols, vitamin A, vitamin C and E. All these act together in our body to protect our healthy tissues and organs from free radical damage. These nutrients possess excellent antioxidant properties which are capable of destroying free radicals. Researchers have also studied the antioxidant and polyphenol content of multiple rosa plants. It was found that rosehip contains a significant amount of antioxidants, through levels depending upon the species.
Boost Immunity - Presence of vitamin C and the anti-inflammatory action enables rosehip to boost immune health. It acts as a shield in protecting our body from infections and environmental toxins. Vitamin C also promotes the production of white blood cells which are critical for immunity.
Promotes Digestive Health - Rosehip also supports our digestive system and keeps us healthy. It contains pectin which is a soluble dietary fibre, which acts as a prebiotic. It contributes to maintaining a healthy microbial balance in our gut and alleviates issues like constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, etc. A healthy gut signifies better absorption and bioavailability of nutrients.
Reduces Risk of Heart Diseases - Several studies have associated rosehip in lowering blood cholesterol levels due to the presence of antioxidants, flavonoids and vitamin C. Researchers found that these nutrients improved the blood flow and lowered LDL levels among participants to whom rosehip powder was given. Therefore, rosehip is a privilege for those who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disorders.
Anti-Cancer Effect - It is a well-established fact that free-floating radicals in our body tend to become cancerous in the later stages. Rosehip being rich in plant compounds like antioxidants, vitamin C, beta-carotene, pectins and tannins, have anti-cancer benefits. They curb oxidative stress and inhibit cancer cells from developing.
Improves Insulin Sensitivity - Rosehip plant is also believed to be good for managing elevated blood glucose levels. It protects our body from type 2 or NIDDM diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity and reducing insulin resistance. Regular consumption of rosehip plant extract may have a significant positive impact on our blood sugar levels hence minimising the risk of diabetes.
Fights Ageing - Regular intake of rosehip not only keeps us healthy but also beautifies our skin. To prevent our skin from getting wrinkled and aged, we need to maintain adequate collagen levels in our body. In addition to providing the required Vitamin C for collagen synthesis, rosehip also protects our skin from UV rays damage. Rosehip also contains astaxanthin which is a carotenoid having anti-ageing effects. Last but not least, the essential fatty acids present in rosehip revitalises our skin and prevents scarring.
To summarise, rosehip is healthy, nutritious, delicious and due to its mild sweetness and sour aftertaste, it can be easily included in the diet. Rosehip has been known to have copious health benefits like enhancing immunity, reducing inflammation, combating oxidative stress and many more. Try this popular herb to enjoy its health benefits. But be cautious in case of any medical conditions and consult an expert prior consuming rosehip.
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