Nature has hidden incredible benefits in itself. In the past rose was a symbol of beauty, but in today’s era, we have unfolded the health benefits of its scientific research. You might be familiar with the use and benefits of delicate and soft rose petals but not with the small part of the rose just below the petal in red or orange color known as rose hip. Let’s explore Rosehip Tea Benefits
Rosehip is a less popular part of the rose plant from which herbal tea is made to acquire health benefits. Though more than 100 species of the Rosacea family exist, research focuses on rose hips from the Rosa Canina plant.  In this article,
I will discuss numerous benefits associated with rosehip tea, e.g. anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, aid in weight loss, and reduce arthritis pain among many others. So, if you want to learn more about these health benefits, enjoy your reading.
What Is Rosehip Tea?
As the name indicates, Rosehip tea is not made up of floral petals. This natural caffeine-free herbal tea is made up of fresh or dried seed-filled bulb just below the rose petals that offers a sweet and tangy taste.
In making rose hip tea mainly, two types of rose hip seeds are used Rosa rugosa and canina which you can find easily in Asia, N. Africa, and most European countries. Rosehip is a bundle of benefits due to the presence of ascorbic acid, carotenoids, fatty acids, and lycopene. 
Common Uses of Rosehip
While grocery, you may have seen rosehip commercial products as it is used in food and other supplements. It is a medicinal alternative for arthritis pain, easy digestion, fever, and other medical problems.
These are used in the form of soup, tea, jam, powdered granules, and oil in different cultures worldwide. 
Rosehip is full of nutrition which is stored in its edible seeds. It is enriched in vitamin c (76 %) with many others, such as calories, carbs, fiber, and vitamins A and E. Lycopene and carotene pigments are helpful for the health of the skin and eyes.
However, the amount of nutrient present depends on the type of specie and soil where the plant has been grown. Treating rose hip at a higher temperature can significantly lower its nutrient content.  
Dosing instructions may vary according to the mode of ingestion. In supplement form, 500 to 750 milligrams per day is suggested. While in the case of rose hip tea, 2 to 3 grams in powdered form mixed in 150 ml of water is enough. 
Associated Benefits of Rosehip Tea
i. Rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants or free radicals are famous for their function of reducing cell damage by molecules. Extracts from the rosehip are enriched in antioxidants than other fruit extracts.
It would be better to use fresh rose hips for tea than dried powder.  The reason behind this is fresh rosehip offers a high amount of antioxidants than the dry powdered form.
ii. May support a healthy immune system
Hard to believe, but yes, rose hip is enriched in vitamin C, which is important for proper immune system functioning. Vitamin C plays a role in lymphocyte production and stimulation and enhances its function to protect the body against diseases. 
iii. Reduce Arthritis Pain
Arthritis is a medical condition recognized by severe muscular or joint pain. Rose hip tea has magical anti-inflammatory functions that help to reduce arthritis-associated pain.
In this regard statement of the Arthritis Foundation promote rose hip intake as it inhibits the process of inflammation. Much research has been performed to check out the validity, where it has been noticed that rosehip tea or intake is beneficial to treat arthritis. 
iv. Reduce inflammation and pain
Due to the presence of anti-inflammatory agents, polyphenols, and galactolipids, rosehip tea provides resistance to pain and inflammation. It has been proved through research that rosehip tea is helpful for arthritis and osteoarthritis conditions.
v. Help in fat loss
Rosehip tea can potentially aid in fat loss. According to the result of the study in which 32 people participated showed significant fat loss by taking rosehip supplements in 12 weeks compared to other people. This fact has been proved by other animal studies also.  
vi. Reduce cardiac attack risk
Rose hip tea contains a high level of fiber and antioxidants that may help to reduce heart cholesterol levels, as a result boosting the overall health of the heart. In a study involving 31 people who were treated with rose hip where results came out in the form of low cholesterol and LDL. 
vii. Easy to brew at home
Making rosehip tea is just a piece of cake. Wash the rosehips to remove any dirt. Boil the water and place 4 to 5 rosehips in it.
Leave them in boiling water for 10-12 minutes, and your tea is ready. You can add any sweetener by choice however, honey would be best in balancing the flavor. Your fresh, iced, and homemade tea is ready.
Does Rosehip Have Any Side Effects?
Rosehip is considered safe, and no potential side effects have been observed in the users. However, we cannot say anything about the condition of pregnancy. It would be safe to ask the doctor before using rosehip tea. Furthermore, the high vitamin C content creates feelings of nausea, heat burn, and upset stomach.
For safety, it is recommended to consult a nearby healthcare provider, especially if you are already suffering from some disease. If you are taking psychiatric drugs such as lithium, try avoiding rosehip ingestion as it may increase the lithium amount in your body.
Rosehip tea is a natural remedy and alternative for treating many health conditions that come from Rosa Canina. It boasts health by helping to increase immunity due to its high vitamin C and antioxidant concentration. It is a pain-relieving option for those suffering from arthritis or other inflammatory diseases. The best part is you can prepare it with no effort. However, much research is still needed in this area to unfold the benefits of rosehip.
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