Clayton's Health Facts: Rose Hips.

Clayton South, SPN (ISSA), is a recognized expert in the bodybuilding / fitness industry with over 150 bodybuilding, fitness and nutrition publications to his credit.

What Is It?
And Where Does It Come From?

Rose hips come from plants belonging to the rose (Rosa) family of plants. Rose hips join the rose petal to the rose stem and are the fruit that remains on the stem of the rose plant after the petals detach.

Rose hips are found on the following plants:

  1. Rosa canina (Dog Rose)
  2. Rosa centifolia (Cabbage Rose)
  3. Rosa damascena (Damask Rose)
  4. Rosa eglanteria (Sweet Briar)
  5. Rosa gallica (Red Rose)
  6. Rosa rubirinova (Rose Mosqueta)
  7. Rosa rugosa (Japanese Rose)


What Does It Do?
And What Scientific Studies Give Evidence To Support This?

Rose hips have a long history of use in traditional medicine systems. Traditional medicine systems used rose hips to treat diarrhea, nervousness, exhaustion, stress, and bladder and kidney problems.

Rose hips are a potent source of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, pectin, beta-carotene and bio-flavinoids.1 As a result, rose hips exert a strong antioxidant effect, protecting against colds and flues and protecting the immune system and various organs and tissues from oxidative stress.

Rose hips are rich in pectin - a special kind of fiber that improves blood cholesterol, blood pressure, digestive efficiency, heart health and overall wellness. Pectin has been clinically proven to promote fullness and suppress hunger cravings2, and rose hips may be helpful for weight loss and healthy weight management because of their high pectin content.

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Rose hips are extremely alkaline - they help restore the natural acid/alkaline balance of the body. By restoring the body to an alkaline state, rose hips promote optimal health, efficient digestion and overall wellness.

Finally, rose hips exert diuretic and anti-inflammatory effects, eliminating water retention, promoting a leaner appearance, and reducing the impact of stresses on the joints and muscles.3


Who Needs It?
And What Are Some Symptoms Of Deficiency?

Healthy adults can benefit from rose hip supplementation (see above).

Rose hips are not an essential nutrient and no symptoms of deficiency exist. Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) is not established.


How Much Should Be Taken?
And Are There Any Side Effects?

Use as directed. Rose hips are safe for human consumption.

No side effects are known.

Consult a physician before using any dietary supplement.

Scientific References:

  1. Effects of Rosa canina fruit extract on neutrophil respiratory burst. Phytother Res. 2002 Mar;16(2):157-61.
  2. Durrington, P.N., Manning A.P., Bolton, C.H.. & Hartog, M. (1976): Effect of pectin on serum Lipids and lipoproteins, whole gut transit time and stool weight. Lancet 2, 394-396.
  3. A herbal remedy, Hyben Vital (stand. powder of a subspecies of Rosa canina fruits), reduces pain and improves general wellbeing in patients with osteoarthritis--a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised trial. Phytomedicine. 2004 Jul;11(5):383-91.