Fresh rose hip contains vitamin C, so some people take it as a source of vitamin C. However, much of the vitamin C in rose hip is destroyed during drying and processing. Rose hip is used for osteoarthritis and pain after surgery. It is also used for many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.
In foods and in manufacturing, rose hip is used for tea, jam, soup, and as a natural source of vitamin C.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness ?
Possibly Effective for
- Osteoarthritis. Most research shows that taking rose hip by mouth can reduce pain and stiffness and improve function in people with osteoarthritis.
- Pain after surgery. Some research shows that taking a single dose of rose hip extract immediately prior to a C-section helps to reduce pain and the need for pain medications after surgery.
Insufficient Evidence for
- Aging skin. Early research shows that taking rose hip powder helps to reduce wrinkles and improve skin quality in aging adults.
- Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea). Early research shows that taking rose hip extract might help to reduce pain from menstrual cramps.
- Obesity. Early research shows that taking rose hip powder mixed with apple juice does not affect weight or blood sugar levels in people who are obese. But it might slightly reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Early research shows that taking rose hip by mouth improves some symptoms of RA.
- Infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs). Early research shows that taking rose hip powder after a C-section might lower the chance of having bacteria in the urinary tract. But it doesn't seem to prevent UTI symptoms.
- Sexual problems that prevent satisfaction during sexual activity.
- Boosting the immune system.
- Common cold.
- Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH).
- Flu (influenza).
- High blood pressure.
- High levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia).
- Pain due to pressure on the sciatic nerve (sciatica).
- Problems of the vagina or uterus.
- Stomach and intestina problems.
- Stretch marks.
- Vitamin C deficiency.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if rose hip is safe or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Kidney stones: In large doses, rose hip might increase the chance of getting kidney stones. This is due to the vitamin C in rose hip.
Aluminum interacts with ROSE HIP
Aluminum is found in most antacids. Rose hips contain vitamin C. Vitamin C can increase how much aluminum the body absorbs. But it isn't clear if this interaction is a big concern. Take rose hip two hours before or four hours after antacids.
Estrogens interacts with ROSE HIP
Rose hip contains a large amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C can increase how much estrogen the body absorbs. Taking rose hip along with estrogen can increase the effects and side effects of estrogens.
Some estrogen pills include conjugated equine estrogens (Premarin), ethinyl estradiol, estradiol, and others.
Fluphenazine (Prolixin) interacts with ROSE HIP
Rose hip contains vitamin C. Large amounts of vitamin C might increase how quickly the body gets rid of fluphenazine (Prolixin). Taking rose hip along with fluphenazine (Prolixin) might decrease the effectiveness of fluphenazine (Prolixin).
Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with ROSE HIP
Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. Rose hip contains vitamin C. Large amounts of vitamin C might decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin). Decreasing the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin) might increase the risk of clotting. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.
Lithium interacts with ROSE HIP
Rose hip might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking rose hip might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
Be cautious with this combination
Aspirin interacts with ROSE HIP
The body breaks down aspirin to get rid of it. Rose hip contains large amounts of vitamin C. Large amounts of vitamin C might decrease the breakdown of aspirin. Taking large amount of rose hip along with aspirin might increase the effects and side effects of aspirin. Do not take large amounts of vitamin C if you take large amounts of aspirin.
Choline Magnesium Trisalicylate (Trilisate) interacts with ROSE HIP
Rose hip contains vitamin C. Vitamin C might decrease how quickly the body gets rid of choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate). But it is not clear if this interaction is a big concern.
Salsalate (Disalcid) interacts with ROSE HIP
Rose hip contains vitamin C. Vitamin C might decrease how quickly the body gets rid of salsalate (Disalcid). Taking rose hip along with salsalate (Disalcid) might increase the effects and side effects of salsalate.
Be watchful with this combination
- For osteoarthritis: 2.5 grams of rose hip powder (LitoZin/i-flex, Hyben Vital) has been taken twice daily for 3 months. 40 mL of a specific combination product containing rose hip fruit puree 24 grams, stinging nettle 160 mg, devil's claw 108 mg and vitamin D 200 IU (Rosaxan, Medagil Gesundheitsgesellschaft) has been taken daily for 3 months.
- For pain after surgery: 1.6 grams of rose extract has been taken 15 minutes before surgery.
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