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Rose hips have many benefits for your health. People also call them the fruit of the rose, because they are found underneath rose petals. Rose hips have a round shape and are filled with seeds. However, they do not blossom at the same time as roses do (in the spring and summer months).  Rose hips start growing after the petals of the flower have already bloomed and started falling off (early to mid-fall). Furthermore, many people say that these fruits of the rose flower are actually sweeter if you pick them after the first frost of the season. Today we are going to tell you more about this packed with nutrients and disease-fighting fruity herb.

What are Rose Hips?

This fruit contains many small, edible seeds, which are a good source of various nutrients. Wild rose hips have a red-orange color, which they get from carotenoid pigments known as lycopene and beta carotene. According to some studies, these pigments can help promote skin and eye health. Furthermore, Rosehips are also abundant in disease-fighting antioxidants, including vitamin C, quercetin, catechins, and ellagic acid. This exact mix is able to fight inflammation and oxidative stress in your body. Not to mention the fact that vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and developing a strong immune system.

What are the benefits of Rose hips?

People have used Rose hips for hundreds of years in traditional and folk medicine because they possess anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.

Helps you keep looking young 

In the beauty community, Rosehip oil is very known and well used for promoting skin beauty and slowing down aging. This product is typically made by cold-pressed rose hips, in which way professionals extract their natural oils. The popularity of Rosehip oil is due to the fact that its’ seeds contain high amounts of polyunsaturated fats. They are known to promote a healthy skin membrane and help protect your skin from inflammatory compounds (like ultraviolet (cigarette smoke, UV) rays, and pollution). This is why using Rosehip oil is a great way to help protect and replenish your skin barrier in a natural way.

Rose hips could promote a healthy heart

According to some limited research, consuming rose hips, as a form of tea may help you keep your heart healthy. This is due to its’ ability to lower the bad cholesterol in your blood and normalize blood pressure. Keep in mind that rose hips are also rich in fiber, which is associated with better heart health. Another reason why Rose hips could promote heart health is due to the fact that they contain high amounts of antioxidants.

Supporting a strong immune system 

As we mentioned above, rose hips have a high concentration of vitamin C. Even though the amounts of this vitamin vary by the plants, it is recorded that rose hips have one of the highest vitamin C content of all fruits and vegetables. As you may already know, Vitamin C is absolutely necessary for the normal execution of various essential processes in your body, including:

  • Fueling the production of white blood cells, which protect your body against infection and fight it off in case it gets inside of it.
  • Intensifying the function of lymphocytes.
  • Helping your skin maintain a strong protective barrier against outside pathogens.

Rose hips are also rich in polyphenols and vitamins A and E, all of which are very important for supporting a strong immune system.

Rose hips may help reduce joint pain

As we mentioned above, Rose hips are packed with nutrients that have strong anti-inflammatory effects. What you may not know is that some of them include polyphenols and galactolipids. Galactolipids are the main types of fat in cell membranes. According to a study they have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and thus could have the ability to reduce joint pain. Researches also suggest that Rosehip extract can help aid rheumatoid arthritis. However, note that in research on rose hips’ anti-inflammatory benefits, the concentrated extract is used, rather than tea.

Bottom line

People have been using this magnificent fruity herb for centuries because of its’ benefits for the skin and overall health. Due to the fact that Rose hips are packed with antioxidants and other essential nutrients, like Vitamin C, A, and E, they could help fight off inflammation, lower blood pressure, and bad cholesterol, and even aid joint pain. The rosehip oil is very popular for its’ anti-aging properties as well. Even though rose hips are generally safe for consumption, please first check with your healthcare specialist before starting to supplement with them.

Are rose hips the best source of vitamin C?

Yes, rose hips are one of the natural rich sources of vitamin C.  They have the highest concentration of vitamin C.

Is vitamin C with rose hips better than regular vitamin C?

Vitamin C with rose hips has more benefits than regular vitamin C. In their natural form rose hips are also used in traditional medicines. Rosehips contain a variety of flavonoids, carotenoids, essential fatty acids, and vitamins. In fact, they make one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C.

The anti-aging power of rosehip

The main reason for the anti-aging power of rosehips is the amount of vitamin C.Vitamin C itself is an antioxidant. A natural antioxidant found in rosehips can protect against free radical damage; these molecules are naturally formed when the body burns oxygen. Cellular destruction from free radicals leads to various types of health issues and to accelerated aging, as well as the diseases that are frequently associated with aging. The combination of vitamin C and rose hips can be one of many natural ways to help prevent health issues and age-related diseases.

Benefits of taking rosehips

Rose hips are so popular due to their wide variety of health benefits. Its benefits include:

•Vitamin C can help strengthen immunity. Rosehips boost this effect because they contain a variety of other important elements, like vitamins E and K. If you study the list of all antioxidants and then rosehips, you’ll see they contain most of them too.

•Keeps your joints healthy, due to the anti-inflammatory effect of vitamin C.

•Vitamin C in rose hips helps your body absorb iron better.  It will prevent anemia and keep your blood healthy. 

•The flavonoids and antioxidants in rosehip also protect the body against heart disease.

•May fight skin aging and support healthy-looking skin

•It reduces body fat mass and prevents body weight gain.

•Make your heart healthy and control your cholesterol level.

•Reduce the production of gastric secretion and maintain digestive health.


Rosehip extract is successfully used in modern medicine as a Supplement to the main therapy or for preventive purposes. Rosehip fruit extract can be found in the form of:


•Granules for suspension 


•Dry raw materials (both whole and crushed or powdered).

•Oils etc…

All parts of the plant are used for medical purposes. 

Dr. Disha Trivedi

Author Dr. Disha Trivedi

Dr. Disha Trivedi is PhD in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology. She is working as a medical writer and researcher at MVS Pharma GmbH.

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