We all know how great Rosehip is for your skin, but did you know it is also an anti-inflammatory powerhouse?
It’s no secret that Rosehip oil is a beauty essential, but evidence is growing to show its effectiveness in treating inflammatory conditions such as joint pain, arthritis, back pain and tissue damage. As well as potentially having applications to support your post workout recovery.
Often touted as doing wonderful things for the skin, you might not know that rosehips have a centuries-long history of use in traditional medicine. They have been claimed to treat arthritis and stomach disorders as well as help build the immune system and work against premature ageing (thank you antioxidants and vitamin C!).
Before we get into the ins and outs of how the berry-like fruits might help to reduce inflammation – lets’ first get into what inflammation actually means for the body.
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is typically characterised by heat, swelling and redness – something we have all unfortunately experienced more than once (think cutting your finger, or stubbing your toe – ouch!). This type of inflammation is actually essential as it keeps balance in the body by protecting us from infection and repairing tissue damage.
But when inflammation goes unchecked, it can cause all kind of mayhem for our body systems. Chronic low-grade inflammation may develop (you might not even know it’s there!). This type of inflammation is linked to inflammatory diseases including certain types of arthritis, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and heart disease.
Much of the research into rosehips and inflammation is related to inflammatory arthritis. This is a musculoskeletal condition that is characterised by inflammation of the joints, leading to swelling and debilitating pain. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, and while often thought of as a disease of the elderly, it can affect anyone of any age.
What are rosehips?
The humble rosehip is a superfood. A wholefood, a fruit, containing 8 naturally occurring vitamins (including C, E, B1 and B6) and 23 minerals (including iron, copper, zinc and magnesium), essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6 and 9), antioxidants and flavonoids.
The rosehips harvested for Rose-Hip Vital® with GOPO® are from the rosehip plant (Rosa Canina) farmed in the nutrient rich soils of Denmark. The roots penetrate deep into the ground, absorbing a vast array of potent natural vitamins and minerals. This ensures the product is a rich source of natural nutrients. (The farming process is pesticide free. )
How do rosehips tackle inflammation?
The anti-inflammatory action of rosehips is largely attributed to a crucial fatty acid /galactolipid called GOPO®. This compound has been shown to inhibit inflammatory proteins and enzymes involved in the pain and inflammation process.
Additionally, its numerous antioxidants have a role in fighting ‘free radicals’ that cause oxidative stress that may damage body cells, a process closely linked to inflammatory disease. And as if that wasn’t enough, rosehips may prevent white blood cells from migrating to sites of tissue damage – stopping inflammation in its tracks and lowering inflammatory markers in the blood.
If you’re looking to reduce inflammation, or struggling with arthritic joint pain and swelling – look at incorporating rosehips into your anti-inflammatory routine!
Jessica Spendlove and Chloe Mcleod, leading dietitians and founders of Health & Performance collective
Evidenced based product Rose-Hip Vital with GOPO, is the only product formulated with the active ingredient GOPO® – and is grown and produced specially to retain phytochemicals and key nutrients. The abundance of research into the product suggests Rosehips with GOPO® may support joint health, protect cartilage, reduce pain, stiffness and inflammation often associated with arthritis and joint pain, as well as promoting general overall well-being.