Rose hips in Russia have a beautiful poetic name — “orange of the North”. This is because the content of vitamin C in berries is very high. How useful are these affordable and fragrant berries? How to make a delicious tea with immune-protective properties from them? Tells MedAboutMe.
The history of the appearance of wild rose in nutrition
The mountain slopes of Iran and the Himalayas are considered to be the birthplace of wild rose. But the plant has taken root perfectly in many parts of the world. It is known that it was used for medicinal purposes in ancient Greece and Rome. Both the famous scientist and the doctor mentioned the miraculous properties of the wild rose. Avicenna.
In ancient Rus’, wild rose was highly valued. Entire expeditions were sent behind him. Russian healers prepared from the fruits, leaves and flowers of the plant a paste for healing wounds and a healthy tea to maintain the strength and health of soldiers. It is interesting that in Russia, out of 500 varieties of wild rose known to scientists, about a hundred grow.
How rose hips can enrich the body
Rosehip has long been used as a vitamin remedy. In Rus’, tea was brewed from its fruits, and sweet jam was prepared from the leaves of the plant.
According to scientists, rose hips contain almost 50 times more vitamin C than lemons. Moreover, the most valuable sources of “ascorbic acid” are white-flowered and red-flowered varieties of the plant.
Rose hips are also famous for their high content of organic acids, sucrose, pectins and flavonoids. Vitamins C, P, A, B2, K, E and minerals potassium, calcium, iron, copper, chromium, magnesium and manganese are present in the berries. At the same time, the calorie content of rose hips is low — in 100 g there are only 109 kcal.
Did you know?
When drinking rosehip tea, it should be borne in mind that the vitamins in it are stored for no more than 12 hours. After that, the drink will still be delicious, but less healthy.
What are the benefits of rose hips for health
Rosehip tea is a delicious and fragrant drink that has a delicate floral taste with a slightly sweet, slightly sugary aftertaste. It is not brewed like ordinary tea — its preparation takes time. But there are a lot of benefits in such a drink.
1. Enriches the body with antioxidants
Rose hips are loaded with antioxidants, which can help protect the body from free radical damage. The content of antioxidants in dried fruits is lower than in fresh berries. Therefore, it is better to prepare tea from fresh fruits. They provide the body with vitamins C and E, carotenoids and polyphenols.
2. Strengthens the immune system
Due to the high content of vitamin C, rosehip tea is recommended for drinking during the cold season and for restoring the body after protracted illnesses.
Vitamin C contributes to an increase in white blood cells in the body, which protect it from infection, as well as to enhance the functions of lymphocytes and maintain a protective barrier. This vitamin, along with others found in rose hips, helps boost the immune system.
3. Prevents heart disease
Rose hips are rich in flavonoids. Studies show that these antioxidants reduce high blood pressure in people with hypertension and improve blood flow to the heart.
One study, which lasted for six weeks, showed that people who regularly drank rosehip tea (containing at least 40 grams of fruit per day) significantly improved their blood pressure and lowered the level of “bad” cholesterol in the blood. All this is good for heart health and can prevent many of the common diseases.
Did you know?
There is an opinion that rose hips help to strengthen male power, but this is not entirely true. Rosehip does not have a direct therapeutic effect on potency, but it is useful for the health of the heart and blood vessels, on the normal functioning of which libido depends.
4. Effective in weight loss
Rose hips contain the antioxidant tiliroside, which has “fat-burning” properties. In a 2015 study, scientists found a direct link between tea consumption from the fruit of the plant and weight loss in humans. The experiment involved 32 overweight adults who received 100 mg of rosehip extract daily.
Despite such impressive results, rosehip extract cannot be the only “weight loss measure” — you need to strive to lead a healthy lifestyle and move more.
5. May Reduce Inflammation and Pain
Rosehip tea is useful to include in the diet of those who suffer from chronic pain caused by inflammation in the body. So, in one four-month study involving 100 people diagnosed with arthritis, it turned out that those who took 5 g of rosehip extract per day noticed a significant reduction in pain and an increase in hip joint mobility.
Therefore, rosehip tea can be recommended for people suffering from arthritis. However, scientists still note that encouraging results are characteristic of the plant extract, and not tea.
6. Maintains youthful and healthy skin
Interesting results of the study were published in 2015. Scientists suggested that people take 3 g of rosehip powder per day for 8 weeks. At the end of the experiment, they noticed that those who did it regularly had less “crow’s feet” on their faces, and the skin itself became more elastic and its level of hydration increased.
Scientists explain this by the fact that rose hips contain a lot of vitamin C, which stimulates collagen synthesis and protects skin cells from damage from sunlight. In addition, they include the carotenoid astaxanthin, which has anti-aging properties. Therefore, rosehip tea can be safely called the elixir of youth. But it is worth noting that it is not suitable for everyone.
On a note!
Rosehip has long been used in medicine. Rosehip seed oil has been used in skin care since the Middle Ages.
Who is contraindicated tea from rose hips
Scientists claim that rosehip tea does not cause any side effects in most healthy people. However, some people should give up on the idea of brewing it.
The safety and effectiveness of tea has not been studied in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Therefore, before introducing tea into the diet, you should consult your doctor.
In addition, due to the high content of vitamin C, tea is not recommended for people with kidney pathologies, as it increases the risk of kidney stones in some people.
How to make delicious and fragrant tea
Tasty and fragrant tea can be obtained from both fresh rose hips and dried ones. Recipes for this will vary.
Recipe 1: Fresh Rosehip Tea
Rinse the rose hips and cut each one in half. Clean the halves, removing rough fibers from them. Mash the prepared berries into a pulp and put in a teapot at the rate of 5 teaspoons of raw materials per 1 liter of water. Pour the fruits with boiling water and let them brew for 40 minutes, strain the infusion through cheesecloth. Tea is ready.
If it is too tart, it can be thinned with water. Add honey or sugar if desired.
Recipe 2: Dried Rosehip Tea
Take 10–15 rose hips, wash them well under running water. Fold in a plastic bag and break each berry with a hammer without removing it from the bag. Transfer the prepared raw materials to a thermos with a volume of 3 liters.
Boil 3 liters of boiling water and pour them into a thermos. Add half a cup of sugar if desired. After 2–3 hours, the tea will be ready, but the most delicious is the drink that was brewed in the evening the next morning.
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