“Rose hip has one of the highest levels of vitamin C of any fruit or vegetable,” noted a representative from Loomis Enzymes, in a release from ABC. “Additionally, rose hip contains antioxidants such as carotenoids and phenolics, while primary and secondary metabolites support efficient metabolism in the body. We harness these desirable nutrients and incorporate rose hip in 15 of our formulas.”
Fast Facts About Rose HipAs outlined in the press release:
- Rose hip has astringent properties and traditionally was used to treat thirst, colic, cough, and gastrointestinal conditions such as dysentery and diarrhea.
- Rose hip has many modern uses, including as a treatment for colds, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, fever, gastritis, gout, thirst, rheumatism, and kidney and urinary conditions.
- The fruit is used occasionally as a food, including in jams, jellies, teas, and syrups.
- Rose hip has been shown in laboratory and animal studies to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
- Human clinical studies have investigated the use of various types of rose hip for osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, Crohn’s disease, chronic musculoskeletal pain, and more.
- Rose hip preparations have been shown in randomized, controlled trials to reduce levels of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation).
ABC’s HerbMedPro DatabaseLoomis Enzymes adoption of rose hip supports ABC’s HerbMedPro database—a comprehensive, interactive online database that provides access to important scientific and clinical research data on the uses and health effects of more than 265 herbs, spices, medicinal plants, and fungi.
“Loomis Enzymes adopts herbs through the American Botanical Council to ensure that the sharing of knowledge creates a base of effective and safe ingredients for generations to come," a company rep noted. "Choosing rose hip is one step to ensure our commitment,” said a company representative. “The use of natural products grows every year as individuals look for ways to support their health and well-being. This interest makes it paramount that research and availability of that research is easily accessible for health care professionals, as well as the public. Expanding documentation will facilitate the safety, legitimacy, and effectiveness of natural ingredients.”