Other Names:

Dog Rose


  • Antioxidant
  • Antiinflammatory
  • Antiobesity
  • Chondroprotective


Rosa canina L

Rosehips are the fruits produced by the Rosa canina L (rose) plant. They are large (usually) red (also sometimes orange, purple or black), fleshy berry-like fruits which usually develop during late summer and autumn, after pollination. Rosehips have been used in traditional medicines for more than 2,000 years, due to the high amounts of bioactive compounds contained within the fruits, including over 4,500 known flavonoids, carotenoids, fatty acids (galactolipid, linoleic acid [Omega 6 PUFA], and omega 3 PUFA), vitamins (high in vitamin C, A, E, and B-complex) and minerals (calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, silicon, zinc, selenium, and phosphorous. The amount of bioactive compounds within the fruits varies with the seasons. Rosehips are used to treat a number of ailments including arthritic conditions, gout, and diseases that cause damage to the kidney and lower urinary tract.
Food Matters Infographic on rosehips
Food Matters Infographic on rosehips
Immune boost: Rosehips have high amounts of vitamin C, which is beneficial for the bird's immune system. Rosehips have also been used for its benefit in relation to respiratory diseases.


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