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Rose Hip Extract May Ease Knee Pain, Improve Gait

A recent study suggests that supplementation with an enriched rose hip powder may help gait and knee joint health in people who have trouble walking. The rose hip powder used in this study also contained vitamin C, flavonoids, carotens, triterpene acids, and galactolipids.


Participants in the study included 100 adults with an average age of 67 who had knee-related walking limitations. They were given either 2,250 mg of the rose hip powder or a placebo daily for three months. Of the original 100 participants, 94 completed the study.


At the conclusion of the study, the rose hip group had a significant improvement in knee movement when compared with the placebo. They also had greater joint moments and increased knee joint flexion while walking when compared with the placebo.


No difference was noted in self-reported knee complaints, health-related quality of life, or the physician’s global assessment.


Researchers from the Department of Rheumatology, Copenhagen University Hospitals at Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on July 19, 2015, in the journal Gait & Posture.


Previous studies suggest that rose hip may reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis, lower incidences of the common cold, and help lower cholesterol. Rose hip is the round part of a rose flower, located just under the petals. Rose hips also contain the seeds of the flower. For maximum health benefits, it is best to consume rose hips in supplement form.

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