Need a Vitamin C Pick-me-up?: Try Rose Hips

Wondering what part of the rose plant are these or why almost every beauty product mentions rose hips? This piece is for you.

A close up of bright red rose hips, one of it being cut open
Photo by Immo Wegmann on Unsplash

Offering about 901% vitamin C, 124% fibre, 21% magnesium and 15% potassium (per cup) to meet our daily dietary requirements, rose hips are a nutritional gold mine.

1. Potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects

2. Protect kidney and liver health

3. Manage skin disorders and ageing

4. Mitigate diabetes and related complications

5. Relieve Alzheimer’s, depression and anxiety

6. Prevent infections and ulcers

With further R&D, rose petals and hip extracts can replace chemical antibiotics. They selectively kill harmful microbes without tipping the balance in the gut microbiome. In fact, this property makes rose hips an excellent prebiotic!

What’s the best way to use rose hips: Fresh or dried?


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