Collect rosehips. You will not regret
Rosehip tea is an herbal drink made from beautiful red berries that ripen in autumn. It has a delicate and distinctive sweet floral flavour. Rosehips fruits are small, round and usually red or orange. We all know that these fruits offer many health benefits such as improved immunity, they promote health of the heart, weight loss and even prevent skin aging.
A plethora of antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances that protect or reduce cell damage caused by free radicals. Consumption of antioxidant-rich foods and beverages are believed to provide protection against certain chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Rosehips contains high levels of polyphenols, carotenoids, and vitamins C and E, all of which offer antioxidant properties.
Healthy immune system
A high concentration of vitamin C is important for proper functioning of the immune system and many other functions. Rosehips contain plenty of vitamin C, more than other fruits and vegetables. In addition to vitamin C, rosehips contain high levels of polyphenols and vitamin A and E, which strengthen and protect our immune system.
Rosehips and weight loss
Rosehips contain an antioxidant called tiliroside, which help us to burn fat faster. However, the current research applies to concentrated rosehip extract – not tea. In order to better evaluate the relationship between rosehips and weight loss, more studies on humans need to be done.
As soon as rosehips begin to ripen, you can start harvesting. At this precise moment they contain the most vitamin C. But you may also collect rosehips that have been through frosty weather. Such fruits have less vitamin C, but are sweeter. Thanks to the higher content of sugar rosehip wine is made out of them. If you wish to dry rosehips you may do so but the temperature should be around 60 °C. If you want to store rosehips keep the fruit whole and crush it right before use.
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