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(NaturalNews) While people who have grown up in the city might not be aware of what exactly rose hips are, for people who garden or have grown up in more rural areas, rose hips are a familiar sight in the autumn. Rose hips are essentially the berry of the rose plant. They are the small, reddish round bulbs which form when the rose's flower has ended for the year. Depending on the type of rose bush, many of these rose hips can be produced by a single plant. For many gardeners, these red berries are a welcome aesthetic addition to the autumn garden, giving it color in much the way that holly berries give color to a garden in winter. However, apart from their beauty, there are many health benefits to be derived when rose hips are harvested and processed which may surprise even avid gardeners! The benefits that rose hips bring include the following:

Reduces inflammation

To begin with, the seeds contained within the rose hips are a rich source of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The anti-inflammatory benefits that these acids are known for make oil from rose hip seeds a popular - if pricey - treatment for skin. It is of particular value for skin that is aging or highly sensitive, as it can help restore the health of the skin and has an anti-aging effect as well.

These anti-inflammatory properties are not just great for skin problems, however. A recent study of one particular rose called the dog rose (Cannis rosa) found that regular consumption of its rose hips could bring relief to the pain and inflammation of those suffering from arthritis and other similar joint conditions.

Provides a wealth of nutrients

Apart from their fatty acids, rose hips have a wealth of other nutrients to offer as well. They are rich in vitamins A, B and K as well as being a great source of minerals like iron and other important bioactive compounds like polyphenols, bioflavonoids, volatile oils and tannins. They are also a great source of vitamin C. Many natural remedies that fight viruses that cause a cold or the flu because of its high Vitamin C content.

Alleviates anemia

When tea is made from rose hips, much of the vitamin C content is lost in the brewing. However, the iron content is retained and this is very important for those who are suffering from anemia. Many naturopaths and other natural health practitioners will prescribe rose hip tea for women while they are menstruating to help make up for the iron lost during their menstrual cycle.

Rose hip tea and rose hip oil are available at most health food stores. Whether used topically or orally, these treatments are well worth trying due to their high nutrient value and the number of amazing health benefits they can provide.

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