From last few days I have been studying on medicinal properties of ROSES. Yes, I said Roses! It was surprising and amazing to know that other than romanticism, this beautiful flower holds such nutritional and medicinal properties. People are still not aware of these benefits. So, I decided to pen down the importance of roses in food and how we can avail health benefits of the fruit of this beautifully romantic flower.
Fruit of the rose is called rosehip. Once the leaves fall off, we forget the flower and plant but the fruit is still there! Also known as rose haw or rose hep. The wild dog rose is the type of rose most often cultivated for their hips. This plant bears a very fragrant rose flower. Once the flower has bloomed and all the petals have fallen off, the hip is picked and used in a wide variety of preparations. Numerous are the benefits of this fruit. They are considered super-foods because rose hips contain more vitamin C than grapefruit and oranges. It contains Glycosides(GOPO)and a variety of antioxidants; carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, leucoanthocyanins and catechins, vitamin A, C,E, Beta-carotene and Lycopen as well as calcium, iron, selenium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, silicon, and zinc, which is why they have become such a desirable and sought after product in markets around the world.
When it comes to kitchen, Rosehips can be prepared in variety of ways. Some of the most common forms of rose hips include jams, jellies, soups, bread, wine, pies, tea and even marmalade. It is an extremely versatile ingredient that is enjoyed by people all around the globe, due to its delicious flavor or for its nutritional benefits. Rose hips can be stored in the freezer or they can be dried and stored. While storing them do not use a metal container because the fruit acids and the metal do not mix well. They can be eaten raw also, after being put through a blender, or soaked in water overnight and then cooked in the water for about half an hour. If you want to have rosehips from your own rose plant, do not spray any kind of pesticide on the plant.
Just by making Rosehips a part of our kitchen, Following are the health benefits that we can obtain:
1. Immune System – Rose hips have an impressive amount of vitamin C, Which makes them an excellent immune system booster. Vitamin C stimulates white blood cells and is also essential in the prevention of asthma and the general health of the respiratory system. It is used as a treatment of colds and flu.
2. Diuretic Effects and Digestion – The fruit acids and pectin in rose hip tea is a mild diuretic and laxative. It is used to improve, and relieve the symptoms of kidney disorders, or to help in the case of mild constipation. Rose hips help eliminate toxins from the body, as well as excess salts, liquids, and even fat. Actually rose hips can be called excellent detoxifiers.
3. Lowers Cholesterol – Organic compounds and antioxidant components in rose hips also reduce the cholesterol content in body, thereby reducing strain on cardiovascular system and also seriously lowering the chances of suffering a stroke or a heart attack.
4. Prevents Cancer and Chronic Diseases – Free radicals or a lack of antioxidants is connected to a number of serious conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and premature aging. The wealth of antioxidants in rose hips are particularly adept at keeping the body healthy from all angles.
5. Diabetes Management – Rose hips have been shown to strictly regulate the blood sugar levels of the body, which is very important for people suffering from diabetes. By keeping the balance of insulin and glucose in the body, rose hips can prevent the unfortunate plunges and spikes in blood sugar that can be so deadly.
6. Bone Health – Clinical studies have shown that rose-hip powder has the potential to reduce Stiffness and joint pain. It reduces consumption of potentially dangerous pain-relieving medications, and improve energy and sleep quality. Rosehip discourages white blood cells from accumulating in the joint area, knees, hips, lower back, hands and feet. It effectively cures Arthritis (OA/RA). Rose hips can help prevent osteoporosis by maintaining bone mineral density, keeping you strong, flexible, and able to live an active life!
7. Skin Care – Flawless, beautiful, blemish free and youthful skin is the dream of everybody all over the world.There are hundreds of products and potential treatments for tightening and toning the skin, but rose hips are one of the best options. It has the ability to help regenerate new skin cells. Rose hips have a high vitamin A content. Vitamin A is commonly referred to as the “skin vitamin”. The astringent quality of rose hips keeps the skin elastic, so it doesn’t develop wrinkles, flaws are easily eliminated, burns and scars quickly heal, and skin generally looks younger and more vibrant.
8. Circulation – Rose hips have a significant amount of iron, which is an essential component in the creation of red blood cells. Therefore, having an adequate amount of rose hips in your diet can prevent anemia and also keep your essential organs well-oxygenated, increasing metabolic activity and optimizing functionality of your various systems.
Rose Hip Tea
To make the tea simply pour a cup boiling water over a tablespoon of crushed, dried hips and let steep. After straining out any pieces of the hips, add honey and drink.
Note: There are least known side effects of rosehip. But in case of any allergies, Pay attention to your body and act accordingly.