More About Rose Hips

More about Rose Hips
Photo Credit: Helena Beautification Board, Helena, Alabama

After my last post, a friend wanted to know more about Rose Hips. She had visited a website that raised questions about possible deterioration of the Vitamin C during processing and storage. I asked Stephanie Tallent of Beeyoutiful for her insights and I thought you might enjoy reading her response.

“First of all, Beeyoutiful’s Rosehip C has both the whole Rosehips ground up in it as well as other forms of isolated stabilized Vitamin C. That being said, the amounts on the label are the guaranteed, tested, stable potency and quantity all the way through till the best use by date printed on each bottle.

“Second of all, while nutrients do indeed deteriorate in whole food supplements under certain manufacturing conditions such as high heat exposure/open to oxygen storage along with many other factors, there is still in my opinion value in including whole food forms of nutrients in formulations. Our bodies are designed to recognize and utilize nutrients *from food* and it is my personal belief that absorption of all nutrients are optimized when it is taken in conjunction with whole food.

“We carry several forms of Vitamin C . . . and have had years to use the different forms ourselves and to get feedback from our customers. I personally feel as though the Rosehip C formulation works more effectively for my body than formulations that do not contain whole foods.

“Obviously, there aren’t slews of studies documenting the nuances of absorptions between all doses, all forms (although maybe one day soon! Studies are ever increasingly being done with nutritional supplementation) but for now what we do know that is absolutely documented and tested to be fact are the types and potencies tested.

“There are many ways manufacturers can optimize and extend the nutritionally active parts of whole foods and we are fortunate to work with one that opts to take all available measures to ensure the maximum benefit possible.”

On another note, it’s easy to reach for those Vitamin C powders that are available in almost every pharmacy and grocery store. Before you bring it home, read the ingredients. Most of these contain SUGAR which most people avoid when trying to prevent sickness. Rosehip C contains no sugar- another good reason to consider adding it to your regimen for staying well!

Click here to purchase Rosehip C.

The Beauty of Rose Hips

Rosehip, Helena Beautiful
Photo Credit: Helena Beautification Board, Helena, Alabama

In case you ever wondered if roses have fruit, the answer is yes. The fruit of the rose is the beautiful rose hip. Most modern roses don’t produce rose hips, but they are commonly found on rugosa roses (Rosa Rugosa) and dog roses (Rosa Canina). The rose hip pictured here is courtesy of ‘Lena,’ a shrub rose in the Helena Earth Kind Rose Trial and is shared with the permission of Brian Puckett of the Helena Beautification Board.

Did you know that a fresh rose hip can have more than 60 times as much vitamin C as one orange? David Hoffmann in The New Holistic Herbal: “Rose hips are one of the best sources of vitamin C, which will help treat infections and boost the body’s immune system.”

Vitamin C has also been found to assist in the absorption of iron, making it a helpful ally for overall health, specifically anemia and other iron absorption disorders.

Additionally, studies conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center indicate that vitamin C is also helpful for the production of collagen, an important element in the structure of bones and muscles. This may be related to the findings of another study performed by the Institute for Social Medicine in Berlin. Their findings, published in International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology on February 1, 2010, suggest that the use of rose hip powder can reduce symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis.

David Hoffmann also suggests using rose hips for cough or throat issues. Here’s his recipe:

  • Remove the seeds from the hips and add to one pint of boiling water.
  • Pour the boiling rose hip liquid onto 3/4 lbs. of sugar, stirring gently until sugar is dissolved.
  • Store your rose hip syrup in the refrigerator and use as a cough medicine, as well as a tonic or throat gargle.

If you prefer taking your Vitamin C in tablet form, consider Beeyoutiful’s Rosehip C. (nutrition facts below). Rosehip C is a big part of our family’s sickness-avoidance regimen and was featured in Staying Well last month.

Thanks again to the Helena Beautification Board for the photo of the beautiful rose hip. And thanks to the health researchers who have helped us discover its beautiful health benefits!

ROSEHIP C NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 1 Tablet
Servings Per Container: 250
AMOUNT PER SERVING % DAILY VALUE
Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 500 mg 830%*
Citrus Bioflavonoids 100 mg
(37% total bioflavonoids as Hesperidin)
Acerola Powder 100 mg
Rose Hips Powder (Rosae canina) (Fruit) 100 mg
Rutin Powder 10 mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
SUGGESTED USE As a dietary supplement, take 1 tablet 1 or more times daily, preferably with meals.
OTHER INGREDIENTS Dicalcium Phosphate, Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Cellulose and Vegetable Coating.
ALLERGEN INFO Not manufactured with wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
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Stay Well!

It seems that almost everyone I know is either sick or afraid of getting sick! If there was ever a good time to work on boosting your immune system, this is it.

Two years ago, I shared some tips for immune system support. You can click to read those posts for some general advice and some products to consider: Be Immune! and Immune System Health.

But this year, I’d like to share some advice that’s a little closer to home. With so much sickness around us, we’re all trying to do what we can to stay well. Maybe you’d like to know what I have recommended for my own family.

Immune System Support Supplements from Smith Family Resources

Vitamin C  For general sickness-avoidance, I encourage everyone to increase their intake of Vitamin C. The best way to do that is to get it in food. Some of my favorites are sweet potatoes, blueberries, kiwi and kale. You can also take Rosehip C. And that reminds me, if you aren’t already taking a good daily vitamin, now would be a good time to add a super multivitamin. Our bodies need the right nutrients to be able to avoid sickness, so good food with the right supplementation is important.

Berry Well  For those exposed to respiratory viruses including influenza, I recommend taking the maximum dose of Berry Well at least twice a day until the length of the virus incubation period is past. Berry Well is an elderberry syrup that contains bee propolis, raw honey, organic echinacea root extract, and raw apple cider vinegar. The elderberries in Berry Well are grown naturally without the use of pesticides or chemicals but are not certified organic. Raw honey provides live enzymes that help the body fight colds and respiratory infections of all kinds. Propolis and echinacea are both considered to be natural antibiotics. Apple cider vinegar increases your body’s alkalinity, and the potassium in raw vinegar helps cells fight bacteria and viruses.

Monolaurin  Monolauricin is the substance found in mother’s milk believed to be responsible for that early boost in a baby’s immune system. Our favorite source for monolaurin is Lauricidin®. Lauricidin contains pure lipid monolaurin derived from coconut oil and some of our friends and customers have reported amazing things about its role in immune system support.

Garlic  I like to add garlic to food or to teas to help build healthy immune systems. But when there just isn’t time or I don’t want the smell, Odorless Garlic is a good substitute. The softgels are small and easy to swallow, but they can also be chewed. The taste is very mild and it really is odorless- no bad breath!

Probiotics  I shared a fun video about the importance of probiotics a while back, and it’s worth watching again. Our favorite probiotic is Tummy Tuneup, and during “sick season,” most of us take two capsules every day.

Click the picture to see the video!

And, as always, I remind everyone to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water every day, and get plenty of rest! These are the things I tell my own family, and they aren’t meant to be prescriptions for everyone, but I hope you found something helpful here! Stay well!

Help for Hypoglycemia

I was recently asked to recommend supplements for someone who deals with hypoglycemia.  Since I didn’t know much about hypoglycemia, I turned to the official website of the University of Maryland Medical Center where I found suggestions for nutrition and supplements.

Following these nutritional tips may help reduce symptoms:

  • Eliminate suspected food allergens, such as dairy (milk, cheese, and ice cream), wheat (gluten), soy, corn, preservatives, and chemical food additives.  Your health care provider may want to test you for food allergies.
  • Eat foods high in B-vitamins and iron, such as whole grains (if no allergy), fresh vegetables, and sea vegetables.
  • Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes) and vegetables (such as squash and bell pepper).
  • Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and sugar (unless you need them for an immediate blood sugar increase).
  • Soluble fiber, such as flaxseed and pure oat bran, can slow the rate at which dietary sugars enter the blood and help regulate blood sugars throughout the day.  Consume 1-3 tsp. of either of these fiber sources before meals.  Talk to your doctor first if you have a history of digestive disorders.
  • Some doctors may suggest a high protein diet, although evidence is mixed on the benefits.   A “Zone”-style diet combines proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in a 30/30/40 ratio and can be very helpful in maintaining stable blood sugar throughout the day.  Eat lean meats, preferably those that do not contain hormones or antibiotics.  Cold water fish or beans can also be used for protein.  Limit the intake of processed meats, such as fast foods and lunch meats.
  • Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or coconut oil.
  • Reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids, found in commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco.  Lower caffeine intake, as caffeine impacts several conditions and medications.
  • Exercise, if possible, 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.  Light exercise may be advisable at first until you learn how to control your blood sugar and how to manage your diet to tolerate higher intensity exercise.

You may address nutritional deficiencies with the following supplements:

  • A daily multivitamin, containing the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, the B-complex vitamins, and trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium.  SFR recommendation:  SuperDad, SuperMom, or SuperLady
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, to help decrease inflammation and help with immunity.  Omega-3 fatty acids can have a blood thinning effect.  People taking blood thinning medications should speak to their doctor before taking omega-3 fatty acids.  SFR recommendation:  Omega-3
  • Vitamin C, as an antioxidant and for immune support.  SFR recommendation:  Rosehip C
  • Magnesium, for nutrient support.  If you are taking blood pressure medication or other heart medication, speak to your doctor before taking magnesium.  Magnesium can interfere with certain medications, including some antibiotics and biphosphate medication.  SFR recommendation:  Magnesium Citrate
  • Chromium, for blood sugar regulation.  People with liver or kidney issues or history of psychiatric issues should talk to their doctor before starting chromium supplements.  SFR recommendation:  SuperDad (50 mcg of Chromium per serving); SuperMom (100 mcg of Chromium per serving); or SuperLady (150 mcg of Chromium per serving).
  • Probiotic supplement (containing Lactobacillus acidophilus), 5-10 billion CFUs (colony forming units) a day, when needed for maintenance of gastrointestinal and immune health.  SFR recommendation:  Tummy Tuneup (provides eight strains of bacteria, including Lactobacillus acidophilus, with 4 billion cultures in each capsule) OR Acidophilus Blast (provides one strain of bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and has 8 billion cultures per capsule). 

If you have hypoglycemia, please talk with your health care provider BEFORE adding any of these supplements to your daily regimen.  If you’re given the go-ahead to try these supplements, consider adding just one at a time.  Try it for a month or so before adding another, so that you can determine which supplements work best for you.  If you are helped by these suggestions and supplements, we would love to hear from you!bee