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Rose Hip: natural ingredient of Wonderup

The rose hip is one of the innumerable species of wild roses common in our countryside, especially in the Apennines. It is easily found throughout Europe and form high hedges up to 3-4-meters. We use the leaves and fruits (Gooseberries).
In fact can be used all the parts of the plant. For example, the flowers and leaves are used in the Pharmacopoeia for the preparation of infusions and tisanes; with seeds are also prepared 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 concentrate of active substance is obtained from gooseberries in Rosehip using cold extraction (to avoid the alteration of the vitamins that are thermo labile) and concentration of the same.

It was chosen as an ingredient of Wonderup as the high content of Vitamin C facilitates the absorption of all other active principles of Wonderup natural ingredients.
It also contains bioflavonoids, or phytoestrogens, which are picked mainly by the mammary glands of the breast as nourishment for their development.

Characteristics and properties

The small fruits of rose hip, a wild plant of the tropical forests in America and Europe, appear to be the “natural sources” more concen-
trated in Vitamin C, present in quantities up to 50-100 times higher than the traditional citrus fruits (oranges and lemons) and therefore able to contribute to strengthening the natural defenses of the organism (100 g. in gooseberries contain the same amount of vitamin C or ascorbic acid contained in 1 kg of citrus). Bioflavonoids, present in the pulp and skins of many fruits, exert a synergistic action with vitamin C, favoring the absorption by the body.

Since vitamin C (also known with the name of ascorbic acid) cannot be directly synthesized by man (as opposed to what occurs for the animals) it must be introduced or with food, if the diet is good and balanced, or with the dietary supplement, where the power supply is deficient in vitamin C, as normally happen.

The Western way of life, industrial pollution, the influx of electronic appliances and cigarette smoking are all factors that increase our requirement for vitamin C for which integration is a practically necessary in the life of even the most healthy of us!

Rose Hip: natural ingredient of Wonderup

Properties of Vitamin C in Rose Hips

Increases the immune defenses and has the property to combat any type of infection, starting from the common cold, flu and up to any viral disease.
It helps fight stress. It is an excellent tonic for exhaustion and fatigue. Indicated during convalescence. It is an excellent antioxidant. Performs an action and antitoxic pollution. Vitamin C is vitamin purifying and detoxifies toxic substan-
ces.

Smokers should know that they consume 25 mg. for each cigarette. Rosehips restores the amount of vitamin C taken from the body by cigarette smoke and removes the dependence on the smoke itself.
Increases the possibility in absorption of iron 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). Elderly persons have a great need for vitamin C (preventing cross-linking = progressive hardening). Can act as an antihistaminic doing perform better the cortisone naturally produced by the body.
It helps in healing wounds and is also very 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, pectins, carotenoids, organic acids, polyphenols (hips). Rich in bioflavonoids.

Properties of the Rose Hips

Vitaminizing and anti-inflammatory, rose hips optimizes blood circulation. Anti-allergenic, is a stimulus of the immune system in the respiratory tract in particular of the allergic biotype. In these subjects, the rose hip macerate hydro-ethanol-glyceric restores the ability to provide positive immune responses.

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

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

Cosmetic use of Rose Hips

The Rose hip contains beta-carotene or provitamin A (antioxidant, anti-free radical) strongly recommended for those who want to prevent wrinkles, skin aging, sunburn.
The beauty mask obtained by homogenizing in a blender the "fruits" of fresh rose hips (cut, carefully emptied and washed several times to remove small pointed hairs that may stick in the skin) is one of the most effective for its whitening effect, smoothing and toning the skin.

History and curiosity

The wild rose is known for its efficacy in enhancing the body's defenses against infection and particularly against the common cold.

The wild rose has had an important role in the supply of vitamin C to British children during the Second World War as a replacement of the normal source of citrus. At the end of the war the annual harvest was about 450 tons, and the collection of wild rose hips continued until the early ’50s.
The procedure used in the eighteenth century to reduce the fruit into puree not used anymore, but the benefits in several cases such as kidney problems, constipation, bladder and bronchial asthma are still appreciated by herbalists today. The rose hip is used in herbal teas of agreeable taste.