Rosehips are the name for the fruit that comes from the rose plant. For thousands of years they’ve been used for their medicinal properties but new research is showing that rosehips may be used to help fight obesity.
Early research demonstrated that rosehip extract inhibits weight gain and decreases visceral fat in animals, but it wasn’t clear whether it could also help people. That’s when Japanese researchers decided to find out.
During a 12-week, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study of 32 people with a Body Mass Index of more than 25 but less than 30. A BMI in that range is considered overweight but not obese.
Every day the subjects received a chewable tablet containing either a placebo or 100 mg of rosehip extract. During the study, the participants didn’t make any changes to their diets or their calorie intake.
Abdominal body fat (subcutaneous and visceral fat) was measured at various times over the course of the 12 week study, as well as body fat percentage, weight, and BMI.
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At week 12 abdominal fat, visceral fat, body weight, and BMI decreased significantly in the group that received the rosehip tablets compared to the placebo group and to their own baseline numbers.
Lose The Belly Fat
The researchers concluded rosehip extract may be useful to reduce abdominal visceral fat in pre-obese people. And since it reduces visceral fat, the authors of the study also suggest that rosehip extract may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The reason rosehip extract works so well is because of tiliroside, a major rosehip seed constituent. The researchers noted that tiliroside (of which the extract used contained 0.1%) accelerates fat metabolism and improves glucose clearance, inhibiting fat accumulation in tissue while stimulating fat burning.
Other Benefits of Rosehips:
- Boost immune system: Rich source of vitamin C: 100g of dried rosehips = 1700-2000mg of vit. C (100g of oranges = 50mg)
- High in vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- B complex vitamins
The tiliroside found in rosehips also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. You can make herbal tea using the loose dried rosehips or rosehip tea bags.
Yes, it will take some time, but try adding rosehip extract to your diet for 12 weeks, and get its health benefits. Rosehip has been used “since the Stone Age” for medicinal purposes – you won’t need to use it for that long, but you will find you’re losing belly fat in about 3 months.
The astringent properties in rosehips helps repair skin cells without drying your skin. The vitamin A is another skin-helper, keeping your skin naturally moisturized.
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