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Rose Hips May Lower Incidence of UTI After C-Section

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common after birth by C-section due to procedures such as catherization. A recent study suggests that taking R. canina rose hips may help reduce incidences of UTIs in mothers following a cesarean section birth.


Participants in the study included 400 women who had a C-section between August 2016 and March 2017. Half of the group took 500 mg of R. canina rose hips capsules twice daily, half an hour after a meal, with a glass of water while the other did the same with a placebo. The intervention period began 48 hours after the C-section and continued for 18 days. The researchers followed up via telephone in order to ensure the participants complied with their intervention.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a significantly lower incidence of UTIs in the rose hip group on day 7 and day 10 of the trial. Four women from the rose hip group had asymptomatic urine cultures, compared with 13 in the placebo group. At day 20, three women in the rose hip group had a UTI, compared with 19 in the placebo group.


Researchers from the University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, conducted the study. It was published on October 11, 2017, in Phytotherapy Research.


Previous studies suggest that rose hips may reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis, lower incidences of the common cold, and help improve 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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