Rosehip properties


Dog rose is better known as wild rose and represents the true ancestor of all domestic roses we know today. In our country it is a very common plant, which we can easily come across simply by walking through the woods. Basically it is a shrub, up to a maximum of 3 meters high, with thorny branches and which, in the flowering season, between May and July, is filled with many roses which are, precisely, dog roses. These flowers are subsequently replaced by berries, the real fruits, of a very bright red color, used for their innumerable qualities from the pharmacological point of view. Anti-inflammatory, vitaminizing, antioxidant: here are some of the properties of rose hips.

Rosehip properties

The properties of rose hips, from a pharmacological point of view, are truly innumerable. It is therefore not difficult to understand why it is used from different points of view. First of all, the dog rose has particular properties that are defined with the term immonomodulating. This means that it regulates the immune system, especially for all those medical disorders that are related to the most varied allergic problems. Through very recent studies it has been possible to verify that this function is even more effective in the case of children or subjects who show, however, a marked allergic tendency. There is not only prevention against allergies but also a real remedy against conjunctivitis. Highly recommended for colds in children.

Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties

It is precisely for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that rose hips are in such great demand in herbal medicine. Very well known, in fact, are, first of all, its anti-inflammatory properties, especially in the processes that affect the joints and muscles. In this case, the powder deriving from the dried berries is administered and a daily dose of 10 grams of product is recommended. Quite characteristic and known, even if not at the levels of the anti-inflammatory action, is the antioxidant property belonging to this special plant. This is possible thanks to the bioflavonoids that are found inside, both in the pulp and in the peel (obviously of the berries). This property improves blood circulation as it is able to ensure better absorption of calcium and iron by the intestine. This also keeps cholesterol at bay.

Astringent and vitaminizing properties

But the beneficial properties that rose hips and its fruits can have for the well-being of our body certainly did not end there. In fact, rose hips also have astringent and vitaminizing properties. From an astringent point of view, rosehip is very useful for all those who are momentarily afflicted by annoying problems such as diarrhea or intestinal colic. This property is possible due to the presence of the so-called «tannins», particular chemical substances that also have an antibacterial and antifungal function. The vitaminizing action derives from an incredible quantity of vitamin C present in the wild rose berries, up to 100 times higher than that of lemons and oranges.

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