Health Benefits of Rosehip

By Irina Bright.

This article is part of our Health & Foods section

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Rosehips are fruits of the rose plants which grow in many parts of the world and are very popular thanks to their amazing taste and medicinal properties.

These fruits are well-known for their high content of vitamin C and overall anti-oxidant potential. (Ref. 1)

Their anti-oxidant capacity is certainly one big reason why many people consume them for detoxification purposes. (Ref. 2)

Rosehips also have strong anti-inflammatory effects on our bodies, and have proven to be a wonderful remedy for rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of bone-related conditions. (Ref. 3 and 4)

Just like many other nutritious foods, rosehips contain a variety of phytochemical compounds (aka botanicals) which help boost our general health and energy levels as a result of their synergistic action. (Ref. 5)

Rosehip fruits can be brewed into a tea - which is a popular method of their consumption in Russia.

Nowadays, rosehip powder is also available on the market. You can eat rosehip powder literally any way you want. Sprinkle it over your breakfast cereal or any other food you fancy. Eat it straight from the spoon, or mix it with yogurts or drinks.

Also, try mixing it with some other foods - such as cacao, maca or lucuma powders.

Written by:     Irina Bright
Original publication date:     2013
Updates:     2020
Republication date:     2020


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2. C. Widn, A. Ekholm, M. D. Coleman, S. Renvert, and K. Rumpunen (2012). Erythrocyte Antioxidant Protection of Rose Hips (Rosa spp.) Published in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. Retrieved June 6, 2013 from:

3. Willich SN, Rossnagel K, Roll S, Wagner A, Mune O, Erlendson J, Kharazmi A, Srensen H, Winther K (2010). Rose hip herbal remedy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis - a randomised controlled trial. Published in Phytomedicine, International journal of phytotherapy and phytopharmacology. Retrieved June 6, 2013 from:

4. Winther K, Apel K, Thamsborg G (2005). A powder made from seeds and shells of a rose-hip subspecies (Rosa canina) reduces symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Published in Scandinavian journal of rheumatology. Retrieved June 6, 2013 from:

5. Tumbas VT, Canadanovic-Brunet JM, Cetojevic-Simin DD, Cetkovic GS, Ethilas SM, Gille L (2012). Effect of rosehip (Rosa canina L.) phytochemicals on stable free radicals and human cancer cells. Published in Journal of the science of food and agriculture. Retrieved June 6, 2013 from: