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Rose Hip: natural ingredient of Ron Ron

The rose hip is one of the innumerable species of wild roses common in our campaigns, especially in the Apennines. Is easily found throughout Europe and form-high hedges up to 3-4 meters. We use the leaves and fruits (rose hips).
In fact they can be used all the parts of the plant. For example, the flowers and leaves are used in pharmacopoeia for the preparation of infusions; with the seeds are prepared also pesticides; with the petals of flowers, finally, is prepared rose honey. The most important part of the plant is represented by the fruit (rose hip) which, in effect, is not a true fruit.

The total concentration of the active ingredient is obtained from rose hips dog rose by cold extraction (to avoid alteration of the vitamins that are thermolabile) and concentration of the same.

Characteristics and properties

The small fruits of Rosa Canina, wild plant of European forests and tropical America, appear to be the “natural sources” more concentrated in Vitamin C, present in amounts up to 50-100 times higher than traditional citrus (oranges and lemons) and this can contribute to the strengthening of the body’s natural defenses (100 g. of rose hips contain the same amount of vitamin C or ascorbic acid contained in 1 Kg. of citrus). Bioflavonoids, present in the pulp and in the skin of many fruits, exert a synergistic action to vitamin C, facilitating their absorption by the body.

Since vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) can not be synthesized directly by humans (in contrast to what happens for the other animals) it has to be introduced or with food, if the diet is good and balanced, or with the food supplement, in cases where the nutrition is deficient in vitamin C, as normally happens.

The Western lifestyle, industrial pollution, the influence of electronic equipment and cigarette smoking are all factors that increase our requirement for vitamin C for which an integration is practically necessary in the lives of even the most health-conscious of us!

Properties of vitamin c in dog rose

Enhances the immune system and has the property to fight any kind of infection, from the common cold, to influence and to any viral disease.
It helps to combat stress. It is an excellent tonic for exhaustion and fatigue. Indicated during convalescence. It is an excellent antioxidant. Perform an antitoxic action and antipollution. Vitamin C is purifying vitamin and detoxifying from toxic external substances.

Smokers should know that they consume 25 mg for each cigarette. The rosehip reintegrates the amount of vitamin C taken from the body with cigarette smoke and move away the dependence by the smoke itself.
Increases the possibility of iron absorption in the intestine. Controls the level of cholesterol in the blood.

Also contributes to the production of hemoglobin in the bone marrow. Activates the vitamin B9 (folic acid). Older people have in great need of vitamin C (prevents cross-linking = progressive hardening). Can act as an antihistamine using better cortisone naturally produced by the body.
It helps in healing wounds and is also useful in burns because it facilitates the formation of connective tissue (helps form collagen in connective tissue).
Other active ingredients of wild rose are: tannins, pectin, carotenoids, organic acids, polyphenols (rose hips). Rich in bioflavonoids.

Properties of dog rose

Vitaminizing and anti-inflammatory, rose hips improves blood circulation. Anitallergenica, is stimulating of the immune system in the respiratory tract in particular biotype allergic. In these subjects, the macerate hydro ethanol gliceric of rosehip restores the ability to give positive immune responses.

Has an important pharmacological action in acute inflammation involving alterations of the mucous membranes, especially when they are associated with allergic-asthmatic component. For these properties is an important remedy especially in the prevention of respiratory allergies.

Diuretic, stimulates the elimination of toxins through the urine without irritating the kidneys. Also recommended for inflammation of the kidneys or bladder. Thus eliminating the accumulations of uric acid, also helps gout and rheumatism.
Astringent, thanks to the presence of tannins which have astringent properties, is effective in the treatment of diarrhea. According to the Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, hired in large doses, prevent and combat, in case of illness, the cancer growth.

History and curiosity

The wild rose is very well known for its effectiveness in strengthening the body's defenses against infection and particularly against the common cold.

In the Middle Ages it was commonly used in traditional remedies for respiratory problems, and the fruits were very popular in desserts. In 1597, the herbalist Gerard wrote that they were “the most enjoyable meals at banquets, as sandwiches and similar”.

The wild rose has had important role in the provision of vitamin C to British children during the Second World War to replace the normal source of citrus. At the end of the war was the annual harvest of about 450 tons, and the collection of rose hips continued until the early the 50s.
The procedure used in the eighteenth century to reduce the fruit to a purée is no longer used, but the benefits in several cases as kidney problems, to the bladder and bronchial constipation are still appreciated by herbalists today. The wild rose is widely used in herbal teas of agreeable taste.