Rosehip, a delectable organic superfood said to contain a much higher level of antioxidant than two well-known super berries, the blueberry and black currants. It is believed to have originated in ancient Persia, which eventually spread to Greece and Rome. Native American Indians brew tea with it and use the boiled berries to make soup.
Rosehip whose Latin name is rosa canina is a perennial plant with spiky branches that exhibits beautiful flowers in white and pink colors. It produces a scarlet seeded fruit on branches after the flowers has withered. Contrary to what most believe, rose hip is not actually the fruit, but it’s the seeds inside the rose hip that is the real fruit. Its pulp is tart with a bit taste of sweetness, making one delightful organic superfood.
For a floral seed, the nutritional profile of this organic superfood is quite impressive. Rosehip boast a very significant amount of vitamin C, in facts one of the highest sources outranking some well-known fruits and vegetables. It also holds other important vitamins like A, K, B complex, including lycopene, malic and citric acids, tannins and pectin, essential mineral like zinc, phosphorus, calcium and iron. An organic superfood which is incredibly high in antioxidant carotenoids and flavonoids, that is said to lower blood pressure level and thereby minimizing cardiovascular risk especially in obese individuals.
Making rosehip a part of your diet can strengthen your circulatory system and boosts the immune system of your body to fight infections and colds, it can ease up pain of osteoarthritis, low back and kidney pain, also treats bladder infection including mild constipation. It can also be used to treat arthritis and sore joints, as well as headaches and dizziness. This organic superfood can also support the development of new skin cells and having an astringent quality enables it to treat other skin problems like acne, scars and burns. It’s a great moisturizer and goes well with your skin care regimen. For women, this fruit can help ease up PMS.
There is not enough safety information on the use of rosehip by pregnant and breastfeeding mother and is therefore best to be avoided.
Remember, the best and healthiest way to eat rosewood is to have it organically fresh and raw because that is when they are extremely high in vitamin C and can be easily absorbed by the body. So, why not grow rosehip as part of your organic medicinal garden?
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The article written here is for educational purpose only and is not meant to provide any medical advice. If you have an illness or medical condition, it would be best to consult first with your health care provider or family physician before undertaking any course of treatment.
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