Rose hip contraindications

Precautions and contraindications of rose hips

You have to be careful with this fruit because inside they contain many seeds and stinging hairs. Due to these properties, the following precautions and contraindications should be taken into account:

  • Digestive ulcers
  • Diverticulosis: the seeds of the fruit can cause belly pain.
  • Constipation or other intestinal disorders: A study has described various gastrointestinal adverse effects such as diarrhea, soft stools and persistent constipation with the ingestion of 40 g of rosehip extract through a drink taken daily for six weeks.
  • Intestinal diseases: can cause outbreaks and digestive disorders to people suffering from Dumping syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel.
  • Diabetes: Rosehip powder can be used as a remedy for obesity (lowers cholesterol), but it should be considered that it can affect blood sugar levels. You should have glycemic control at all times and consult your doctor about the appropriateness of the treatment.

What amount of rose hips is recommended?

Rose hips
Preparation of the fruits of the rosehip to eat: the seeds must be removed to eat the pericarp (red color)

As a reference figure, scientific studies use doses of 10 to 40 grams per day of dried rose hips, although being a fruit used as an edible plant, daily dosing is not used.

Rosehips seeds

Some people and internet blogs use the fruit of the whole rose hip with seeds. After drying them, they are ground to consume them whole (with ground seeds included) because they are rich in omega 3

It is a preparation of unknown toxicity, although it is known that other Rosaceae plants contain cyanogenic glycosides in the seeds, so, as a precaution, the recipe is not recommended.

In addition, the stinging hairs of the seeds can be annoying, which is usually a common side effect when eating the fruits without cleaning.

Rose hips for pregnant women

It is probably not dangerous to eat rose hips during pregnancy, but the use of such remedies during pregnancy and lactation is not recommended because their safety of use is not known.

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This article was endorsed by Montserrat Enrich - Journalist specializing in edible wild plants and plant uses.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

10 October, 2019

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