What are Rose Hips?
Rose hips are wild plants that have been traditionally used as a medicinal compound for the treatment of disease . The therapeutic capabilities of the rose hips is based on its antioxidant properties. Their antioxidant activity is due to the content of polyphenols, Vitamins C, E, and B and carotenoids . Rose hips are a rich source of vitamin C; containing 1700-2000 mg per 100 g in dried product .
Rose hips have become increasingly popular due to the demand for research on its health benefits. It is believed to aid in the treatment of a variety of disease such as:
- skin disorders
- renal disturbances
- inflammatory disorders
- obesity and cancer
Why do we need antioxidants like the one found in Rose Hips?
Fruits and vegetables are an important source of phytochemicals and other bioactive compounds that fight oxidative stress. Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) are driving forces in a number of diseases. ROS start chain reactions which initiate the progression and complications in disease . Oxidative stress can be defined as the imbalance between ROS levels in the organism and the capacity of antioxidant mechanisms .
In the beauty industry, we don’t usually hear the words ROS, they go by another name; free radicals.
Free radicals are reactive oxygen species, they contain one or more unpaired electron, this makes the them super unstable because they are always looking for an electron to fill their outer orbital in order to stabilize.
The way antioxidants work is by donating an electron to the free radicals in order to stabilize them. The free radical stabilization essentially shuts it down and stops them from wreaking havoc on the cells of our bodies.
“Vitamin C has an important role in neutralizing free radicals… Rose hip fruits are known medicines with concentrated Vitamin C in the rose hip flesh and are used in support of therapies in the cases of Vitamin C deficiency .”
Rose Hips and Obesity
Due to the westernization of many diets, obesity is at an all time high and it continues to climb. And although, we are at a time of “body positivity” we also need to be at time of “health positivity.”
“Prevention of obesity would contribute towards avoiding all its related diseases, with a resulting improvement in the quality-of-life for many thousands of people worldwide. “
Obesity can lead to an array of diseases and chronic inflammation.
Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of various phytochemical, it is supposed that rose hip could help in obesity therapeutics.
Rose hips and cancer
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is also hypothesized that rose hips can help combat the progression of cancer. In a study done with various rose hips extracts, different cancer cell lines were found to have a significant decrease in cell viability after incubating cancer cells with whole rose hip extract or with purified fractions of its most relevant components (vitamin C and phenolic compounds). 
If Vitamin C is the most relevant component of Rose Hips, isn’t it better to just take a vitamin C supplement?
Vitamin C is one of the most powerful benefits for taking rose hips, but there are other properties in rose hips that are not found in just vitamin C supplements, such as:
Although, there are many health benefits to rose hips, there is some speculation that the vitamin C content of rose hips is lost during drying and packaging of the product. Because of this, you may be loosing a lot of the rose hips powerful antioxidant properties due to the loss of vitamin C. Rose hips also have a similar toxicity to vitamin C, they probably won’t cause harm when taken appropriately, but if too much is taken they can cause certain side effects: 
- Nausea and vomiting
- stomach cramps
- trouble sleeping
Rose hip may also raise your risk of certain types of kidney stones and high doses may lead to dangerous blood clots, called deep vein thrombosis .
Rose hip may also be considered dangerous if you have the following medical conditions:
- Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
- sickle cell disease
- sideroblastic anemia
There are also various medications that are not to be taken with rose hips or you could have an adverse reaction. These medication include, but are not limited to: 
- Prolixin (fluphenazine, an antipsychotic)
- Aspirin or other salicylates
Always speak with your doctor before taking any supplements, even medicinal plants can interact with prescriptions.
Rose hips vs. Liposomal Vitamin C
As we previously discussed, rose hip supplements lose their potency of vitamin C due to the drying and processing of the actual plant.
Along with the trouble of supplemental delivery and absorption, how much vitamin C are you actually getting when taking a rose hip supplement?
Liposomal Vitamin C combats both of these problems. You KNOW how much vitamin C you are getting because the lipid vesicle delivers the vitamin C supplement directly to the intestine; by surviving the stomach acid.
Its possible to add vitamin C to rose hip supplements in order to get the powerful antioxidant benefits of vitamin C, but it may be better to just take a liposomal vitamin C supplement!!
Frequently Asked Questions
I am going through cancer treatments, should I take vitamin C or should I take rose hips with vitamin C?
You should speak to your doctor about the use of vitamin C along with the treatments you are already on. I personally like more vitamin C than rose hip supplements supply.
I suffer from insomnia and I am taking a rose hip supplement, could this be the reason why?
Its very unlikely that the rose hip is causing your insomnia, but it isn’t impossible. Try to do elimination of a variety of things in your life and see exactly what is helping and what is hindering!
Can you get rose hips in your diet?
Only when you actually consume rose hips. Rose hips can be used in teas, jams, jellies, and a variety of other spreads.
I am on steroids off and on for a chronic condition, will rose hips interfere with the steroids.
Please ask your doctor for any interference relating to your prescriptions.
Are topical rose hips for skin a better alternative than topical Vitamin C?
It depends on what your desired results are. Also, topicals have a tough time penetrating the skin, supplements reach the skin through the blood stream.