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Rosehip, anti-aging and anti-obesity

December 07, 2023
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Rosehip, anti-aging and anti-obesity

Whether in the form of an infusion or as an extract, rose hips can be particularly beneficial for our health. Today we will talk about the results of two very interesting studies that explain some properties of the dog rose, and in particular of its berries, which have shown an important antioxidant action, also useful in combating visceral fat and obesity. But let's try to understand better by also focusing on the scientific results that explain how to prepare the rosehip infusion in order to preserve its beneficial action.

Rosehip, how to prepare the infusion to preserve its anti-aging properties

The first study was published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology by a Turkish team [1] and focused on rosehip infusion and its anti-aging properties. This herbal tea, very well known and appreciated, is also the simplest and most accessible way for everyone to take rose hips. Hence the importance of analyzing its properties to understand the best preparation method. As research states, rosehip tea is a rich source of antioxidants, such as phenolic compounds and vitamin C. However, the antioxidant content depends a lot on how the tea is prepared. The study has shown that the best conditions for preparing a rosehip tea are to infuse 2 grams of rosehips in 100 ml of water at a temperature of 84-86° C for a time varying between 6 and 8 minutes. Under these conditions, vitamin C and phenolic compounds, especially catechins, are extracted from the rosehips and can diffuse into the tea. The study underlines that longer infusion times do not lead to further benefits as the extraction of the active ingredients is reduced and their degradation is favored. Those indicated are the best infusion conditions that make rosehip herbal tea a true elixir of antioxidants!

Rosehip against abdominal fat and obesity

The second study was published in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity by a Japanese team [2]. The study is very small but of considerable interest. The researchers recruited 32 overweight women, with a body mass index between 25 and 30. Half of the volunteers were asked to take a supplement containing 100 mg of rosehip extract every day for 3 months. The other half had to take a placebo instead. No type of intervention regarding nutrition was taken into consideration. What emerged was that those who had taken rosehip extract had a decrease in visceral fat, body weight and body mass index. In this way, rose hips help to counteract the accumulation of fat around the waist, obesity and consequently reduce inflammation and cardiovascular risk.

Conclusions and warnings

Rosehip is an interesting natural remedy, useful as an anti-aging agent, to counteract free radicals and aging processes, but also to reduce visceral fat and consequently inflammation and cardiovascular risk. Rosehip can be taken in the form of an infusion or as an extract to be purchased in pharmacies and herbalist shops. We have seen that, to preserve the properties of the dog rose, the infusion should be prepared by infusing the dried berries in water at around 85° C and for a time between 6 and 8 minutes. Rosehip is generally considered safe. However, avoid taking rose hips, either as an infusion or as an extract, in conjunction with treatment with antibiotics as the remedy could counteract their action [3].

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