10 things you didn't know about rosehip

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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  • 1. It’s not just a pretty face. Rosehip is a tiny red fruit that grows on rose plants. We already know of its popularity in skincare (aiding hydration, scarring and irritations), but it is now being used to manage osteoarthritis (OA).
  • 2. People in their forties should be taking it. Most sufferers develop OA in their forties, so majority of those living with it are the country’s working population.
  • 3. It controls the white blood cells. Rosehip discourages white blood cells from accumulating in the joint areas. These cells are directly and indirectly responsible for OA. A study from the University of Copenhagen, published in the Journal of Rheumatology found it improved joint mobility by 82 percent.
  • 4.It has been clinically tested. OA attacks the joints in the body – knees, hips, lower back, hands and feet. Rose-Hip Vital, which is made from 100 percent plant extract, has been clinically tested to improve symptoms.
  • 5. OA Symptoms will decrease within a month. Rosehip may help to reduce joint inflammation and swelling associated with arthritis. Over 80 percent of patients reported a reduction in pain after three weeks.
  • 6.It will reduce the need for painkillers. Symptoms of Osteoarthritis are extremely painful and many people resort to a life of taking pain and inflammation medication. Taking rosehip can reduce consumption of painkillers by 50 percent.
  • 7.It’s not just good for your joints. Rosehip’s also great for increased energy and motivation, boosting your immunity and general wellbeing. Plus, it is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C. Studies show its vitamin C properties absorb twice as fast as synthetic supplements.
  • 8.Rosehip gives you a mix of nutrients. Apart from vitamin C, it delivers vitamins D and E, essential fatty acids and is a very powerful antioxidant. Other ways to boost these in your diet? Eat eggs, cod liver oil, fatty fish (salmon, tuna and sardines), nuts, eggs, wheat germ and spinach.
  • 9.You’ll sleep better. Patients who’ve taken rosehip for long periods of time have mentioned better sleeping habits and less morning stiffness.
  • 10. It’ll encourage exercise through energy. One of the most important things OA sufferers can do is get their joints moving. This increases the body’s production of ‘synovial fluid’, which keeps the cartilage healthy with lubrication and nutrients.

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