Rose Hips (Herbs/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:rosa canina
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Suggested Dosing

Supplement

500-750 mg/d, preferably with meals

Tea

Steep 2-2.5 grams of the crushed rose hips in 150 mL boiling water for 10-15 min, then strain liquid before ingesting

No limits are placed on amounts of rose hip tea that may be consumed per day

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Suggested Uses

Rich source of Vitamin C, with about 1700-2000 mg per 100 g in dried product

Remedy for rheumatoid arthritis

Reduces symptoms of knee & hip osteoarthritis

Helps the immune system to fight off foreign invaders & out of control cells

Facilitates fat metabolism

Protects tissues from free radical damage

Assists the nervous system by converting certain amino acids into neurotransmitters

Prevents scurvy

Protects joints and connective tissues

Protects adrenal function

Ability to prevent urinary bladder infections, & assist in treating dizziness & headaches

Used externally in oil form to restore firmness to skin by nourishing & astringing tissue

Brewed into a decoction, can also be used to treat constipation

Rose hips contain lots of iron, rose hip tea is used during menstruation to make up for iron loss

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            Adverse Effects

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            Kidney stones

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Sickle cell anemia

            Cautions

            Headache

            Heartburn

            Insomnia

            Nausea

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: unknown

            Lactation: safe

            Pregnancy Categories

            A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA:Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

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            Mechanism of Action

            Antioxidant, unique water-soluble nutrient able to scavenge certain types of free radicals before they have a chance to damage lipids and other cellular components

            Shown to work along side of vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant, and the enzyme glutathione peroxidase to stop the free radical chain reactions from getting out of hand

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