A “Rosehip” is the fruit that grows on the blossom of a wild rose called wild Dog Rose or Rosa cannina. This rose grows mostly in Europe and parts of north west Africa and western Asia. Once the flower has bloomed and all the petals have fallen off, the hip is picked and used for a variety of health preparations. The wild dog rose is the most often cultivated scrambling bria rose used and it can grow up to 10ft tall and has a white very fragrant flower. Rosehips are one of the best sources of Vitamin C, they have 50% more Vitamin C than most citrus fruits, including oranges. Rosehip is also high in folate and contains vitamins A, B3, and E along with flavonoids, carotenoids, betasitosterol, fructose, malic acid, tannins, magnesium, zinc, copper and numerous other phytochemicals. Rose hip has been used traditionally to treat a range of conditions including diarrhoea, bladder infections and diabetes. Rosehip powder has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and is a recognised anti-oxidant.
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