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Ultimate Guide to Rosehip: Uses, Nutrition & More


There’s more to a rose than it’s beauty! Here's everything you need to know about rosehips, their health benefits, uses, nutrition, and more.


While you might think of the rose as a beautiful flower, there’s more to this plant than you might realize. For example, did you know that wild roses also have a fruit hidden just below their petals? This brightly colored fruit has a sweet and slightly tart taste and is rich in health-boosting nutrients.


Here's everything you need to know about rosehips and their health benefits (and why you can find it in your can of bubbly OLIPOP soda!).


What is Rosehip?


Rosehip is the fruit of the wild rose flower, located right below the petals.1 You’ll find the wild rose or Rosa Canina in Europe, North America, and parts of Africa and Asia.2 3


Ranging in color from yellow-orange to deep purple, rosehip grows from the blossoms of the wild rose in late summer to fall, carrying the seeds of the plant into a new season.4 Their bright color derives from carotenoid pigments, specifically, lycopene and beta carotene.2


Rosehips are known for their vitamin C content, which is over 10 to 50 times that of an orange! The seed-filled fruit is a common ingredient in teas, herbal supplements, and various food products, such as juices, jams, better-for-you sodas (hint: OLIPOP!), and syrups.1 5 6


History of Rosehip


As far back as 600 B.C., the Greek poet Sappho wrote about the beauty of the roses. In ancient Greece and Rome, roses decorated the statues of gods and goddesses.6 But that’s not the only place the flower is known in history.


Instead, rosehip, also known as Hipberry, Hop Fruit, Rose Haw, Persian Rose, Wild Boar Fruit, among many other names, has a long history. Early Christians used rosehips as rosary beads, and considered the fruit sacred.6 Additionally, Rosehip has been utilized for its purported pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory qualities in traditional medicine for centuries.


In traditional Chinese medicine, the fruit is still employed as a medicine for the stomach and kidneys.4 Other historical usage of rosehip include, the treatment of arthritis, fever, diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach, the common cold, respiratory infections, gallstones, and ulcers.1 4 5 In addition to their potential medical application, rosehip is also a common ingredient in food products like teas and soup, so much so it is a popular tea choice in Europe and well-known ingredient in jams in the Middle East.7


Rosehip Nutrition


The edible seeds of the rosehip are high in antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and lycopene.4 Antioxidants are known for their potential ability to lower inflammation and oxidative stress in your body.2 8 Additionally, rosehips are also a source of calcium, magnesium, fiber, manganese, and unsaturated fatty acids.8 9


Two tablespoons, or 16 grams of wild rosehips provide:9

  • Fiber: 4 grams
  • Vitamin A: 4% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Vitamin B5: 3% of the DV
  • Vitamin C: 76% of the DV
  • Vitamin E: 6% of the DV

Potential Benefits of Rosehip


Due to its high antioxidant content, rosehip may have therapeutic potential.3 While more research is needed to fully understand and verify its health benefits, researchers have regarded a lot of promise in the treatment of certain health conditions through historic use in traditional medicine and research.


Some of the potential benefits of rosehip include:

Osteoarthritis


Research suggests that rosehip could help decrease symptoms of osteoarthritis, a common type of arthritis that affects the cartilage in your joints.10 Of all rosehip’s potential treatments, this is one of the most studied.


Researchers testing the consumption of rosehip powder on participants with osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, hand, shoulder, and neck found promising results revealing a decrease in pain and stiffness. In a review of 24 studies, researchers found that the antioxidant and inflammation-fighting benefits of rosehip may help relieve osteoarthritis symptoms.10


Gastrointestinal Problems


Rosehip has a long history of being used to soothe gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, stomach ulcers, constipation, and more.4 However, more research is needed to understand and verify rosehip’s ability to do so. Regardless, one study indicates that rosehips could alter the pH balance in your gut, helping to prevent the development of ulcers. In a 2017 review from the University of Zaragoza in Spain, researchers discovered that rosehips potentially slows down intestinal muscle contractions, helping to increase the absorption of water and treat diarrhea.8


Immune Function


Freshly picked rosehips are higher in vitamin C and other antioxidants than most other citrus fruits. Thus, rosehips are known for the ability to support the immune system and thus, a potential preventative of the common cold or flu.3


Historically, antioxidants are known for their ability to aid in fighting free radicals or oxidative damage in the body, thus, protecting normal cell function. The more normal your cell function, the better prepared your body is to fight off infection.11 And because your body can't produce vitamin C naturally, you need foods high in vitamin C like rosehips to help supplement this needed nutrient.


Why is Rosehip in OLIPOP


While not featured in all our OLIPOP beverages, rosehip makes an appearance in some of our sodas, such as Orange Squeeze. The ingredient not only adds to the sweet, refreshing flavor but also brings with it, antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber.


Give rosehip and our other plant fibers and botanical extracts a try today in one of our tasty OLIPOP beverages. Plus check out our other ultimate ingredient guides for more of a peek inside our flavor-packed soda can:



Sources

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  3. Miller, K. (2021, May 20). Rosehip: Uses and Risks. WebMD. Retrieved November 11, 2021, from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/rosehip-uses-and-risks
  4. Wong, C. (2020, August 28). What Is Rose Hip and How Is It Used? Verywell Health. Retrieved November 11, 2021, from https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-rose-hip-89506
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  7. Davidson, K. M. (2019, December 4). What Are Rose Hips, and Do They Have Benefits? Healthline. Retrieved November 11, 2021, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/rose-hips
  8. Mármol, I., Sánchez-de-Diego, C., Jiménez-Moreno, N., Ancín-Azpilicueta, C., & Rodríguez-Yoldi, M. (2017). Therapeutic Applications of Rose Hips from Different Rosa Species. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18(6), 1137. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms18061137
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  12. Lei, Z., Cao, Z., Yang, Z., Ao, M., Jin, W., & Yu, L. (2018). Rosehip Oil Promotes Excisional Wound Healing by Accelerating the Phenotypic Transition of Macrophages. Planta Medica, 85(07), 563–569. https://doi.org/10.1055/a-0725-8456
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Cheat Sheet
  • Grown in Europe and parts of Africa and Asia, Rosehip is part of the fruit that grows on the blossom of a wild rose.
  • Rosehip is high in antioxidants
  • Rosehips is added to select OLIPOP sodas because of its sweet, refreshing flavor, antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber.

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