What is rose hip vitamin c ?

Posted on January 4, 2011

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What is rose hip vitamin c ?


Dog Rose showing the bright red hips



The rose hip and rose haw, is the pomaceous fruit of the rose plant, that typically is red-to-orange, but might be dark purple-to-black in some species. Contrary to the fairly common myth, rosehips are not poisonous.

Rose hips of some species, especially Rosa canina (Dog Rose) and R. majalis, have been used as a source of Vitamin C. Rose hips are commonly used as anherbal tea, often blended with hibiscus and as an oil. They can also be used to make jam, jelly,marmalade and wine. Rose hip soup, “nyponsoppa,” is especially popular inSweden. Rhodomel, a type of mead, is made with rose hips.

Some species of rose are sometimes referred to as rose hip, including Rosa caninaR. rubiginosa, and R. moschata (Musk-rose). (dog rose),

Health benefits

Particularly high in Vitamin C, with about 1700–2000 mg per 100 g in the dried product, one of the richest plant sources.

RP-HPLC assays of fresh rose hips and several commercially available products revealed a wide range of L-ascorbic acid content, ranging from 0.03 to 1.3%.

Rose hips contain vitamins C, D and E, essential fatty acidsandantioxidantflavonoids.

Rose hip powder is a remedy for rheumatoid arthritis.



Wild rose hips of unknown species

Rose hips have recently become popular as a healthy treat for pet chinchillas. Chinchillas are unable to manufacture their own Vitamin C, but lack the proper internal organs to process many vitamin-C rich foods. Rose Hips provide a sugarless, safe way to increase the Vitamin C intake of chinchillas and guinea pigs.

Nostradamus used rose hips amongst other ingredients to make rose pills that he fed to his sick patients during the black plague, with remarkable recovery rates.