We all know the good old rose hip tea from childhood. Whether in the youth hostel, on a school trip or at home - we could drink the fruity tea anywhere. But why is the rosehip so popular? It is one of the superfoods and is full of vitamins that strengthen our immune system and protect us from diseases.
In this article you will find out what is in this superfruit.
Rose Hip: What Can It Do for Your Health?
The rose hip is small and mighty because it contains numerous plant substances, plenty of vitamins, and fiber. The small, round fruit that grows on bushes is trendy in our region. We can harvest them ourselves and use them to make delicious rose hip tea or jam. At the same time, we are doing something good for our health.
The abundant secondary plant substances, such as flavonoids, protect our cells from free radicals and are among the antioxidants that are particularly important for our body. Additionally, the flavonoids in the rose hip can have an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect on joint inflammation.
Dietary fibers help our digestion to remain intact and support intestinal activity. The dietary fiber pectin, in particular, can bind cholesterol and toxins. In addition, dietary fibers have a draining effect and help us detoxify the body.
Here we want to give you a small overview of what the individual vitamins and nutrients can do and their positive effects on our body and our health.
The secondary plant substance lycopene is an antioxidant and is responsible, among other things, for the reddish color of the rose hip.
It can protect our cells from free radicals, thus strengthening the body's defenses against hostile attackers.
Pectin is a dietary fiber that has a laxative effect and can help our body detoxify. It keeps our intestinal tract in balance and supports it in its bodily functions.
Vitamins and Minerals
The rose hip has even more to offer because it is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, and K, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, calcium, zinc, copper, and omega-3 fatty acids. All these nutrients positively affect our health and pay into our life account. Therefore, it is not surprising that the rose hip is one of the local superfoods.
The highlight of the rose hip is the Vitamin C. On average, rose hips provide around 1250 mg of Vitamin C per 100 g. It varies from variety to variety and can therefore vary greatly. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for our health. It strengthens and supports our immune system, but it also has other significant effects on our bodies.
Essential functions of Vitamin C / ascorbic acid:
- Combat free radicals.
- Strengthening of the immune system.
- Forms messenger substances and hormones.
- Helps regenerate connective tissue, hair, nails, and skin.
- Supports metabolism.
- Enhances iron absorption in the body.
- Supports our body during spring tiredness.
- Detoxifies the body and dehydrates the body.
- It can relieve colds.
- Promotes cell formation.
- It can help with urinary tract disorders.
Prepare Rose Hip as a Remedy at Home
You can easily make your rose hip tea or rose hip jam. However, the process is somewhat complex because the fruits are first washed and cored after harvesting. Then they are dried for a few days to be processed further. If you lightly grind or flake them, you can infuse your hot tea and enjoy them.
In addition, you can also make other products from them or eat them directly as dried fruits. Jam, marrow, or rose hip oil for the skin are also particularly popular. They all have healing properties and one thing in common: Unfortunately, essential nutrients are lost when the fruit is processed. Sometimes they even disappear entirely.
Disclaimer: This article is a collaborative effort of the CLAV editorial team, created on the current literature base. All our publications are supplemented with passion and expertise for naturopathy and a healthy lifestyle. Our medical experts approve all texts before publication. Please Note: Dietary supplements are no substitute for a balanced, healthy diet or medical advice.