Rose HipsRosa species
A rose hip is the seed pod of a wild rose plant. Various wild rose species can be utilized as the source of rose hips. Traditionally, rose hips have been used to treat arthritis, colds and flus, indigestion, bladder stones, and gonorrhea.
What Are Rose Hips Used for Today?
Rose hips are primarily used today as a natural source of vitamin C
Some evidence from relatively small, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies suggests that rose hips might have value for osteoarthritis.
Dosage of rose hips products is generally adjusted to supply the desired amount of vitamin C and bioflavonoids.
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