For thousands of years healers and health workers have recognized the importance of Vitamin C, a necessary antioxidant that allows our bodies to form and maintain bones, cartilage, teeth, connective tissue, blood vessels and skin. It also helps our immune systems better respond to colds and other common illnesses.
Rosehips have long been prized as one of the best natural sources for Vitamin C, which is a combination of l-dehydroascorbic acid and I-ascorbic acid.
When the berries are freshly harvested, they can contain 25 times more Vitamin C per 100 grams compared with citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons.
Vitamin C comparisons per 100 grams of weight:
- Citrus fruits – approximately 50 mg vitamin C per 100g
- uncooked broccoli, kale and kiwi fruit – approximately 100 mg
- black currents, guavas, and some tropical vegetables – approximately 200-300 mg
- ROSEHIPS (Rosa Canina) – approximately 1250 mg
Rosehips also have high concentrations of vitamin A, Calcium and Iron, and they are rich sources of bioflavonoids, Pectin, Vitamin E, Selenium, Manganese, and B Complex Vitamins. The berries also contain Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulphur and Silicon.