Rosehip For Dogs
Rosehip is fast becoming known as an effective way to support joint health for both dogs and people. It’s also a great way to boost the immune system, making it a great way to support active dogs. And the best bit is it’s delicious!
Rosehip is actually the fruit of a wild rose called “Rosa Canina” which are grown in South America, South Africa and some parts of Europe. We are very lucky that there is a significant amount of research into feeding Rosehip, so we can be confident in it’s medicinal properties.
3 Reasons To Feed Your Dog Rosehip
Improve Performance & Recovery
Rosehip is a great natural option for disorders which involve chronic inflammation or oxidative stress. Research shows that rosehip reduces the inflammatory response making it an useful anti-inflammatory agent. The anti-inflammatory activity of rosehip is largely attributed to high levels of galactolipids. It has also been shown to be effective in reducing tumour growth making it useful in the treatment of cancer.
In addition to anti-inflammatory properties, rosehip is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress in the body, which is linked to a large number of illnesses, and is an important function in healthy dogs. Oxidative stress is like rust in the body, which impedes normal function. Antioxidants remove the rust and let the body perform normally. Rosehip is useful because it contains phytochemicals and phenolic compounds which have an antioxidant effect and help to remove this rust.
By and large the most common use of Rosehip is as a joint supplement. Again there are lots of studies showing the efficacy of this, especially in the protection of cartilage. Research shows that supplementation with Rosehip greatly reduces symptoms of oseoarthritis, or chronic arthritis. This is caused by the deterioration of cartilage in the joints and is quite common in dogs. Rosehip both provides relief and helps to maintain the cartilage reducing further injury. It’s actually quite a powerful analgesic, with one study shows a 64% reduction in pain when consuming Rosehip in their diet. And there are no known side effects!
PERFORMANCE & RECOVERY
Two important supports for an active dog is looking after their joints and helping their body to recover after exertion. Active dogs are more likely to put stress on their joints, which can develop into oseoarthritis over time. The research on preventing this is clear, supplementation with Rosehip helps to repair the damage and promote normal joint function.
The other issue is getting your dog to bounce back after exercise. Immune function is critical in this, which rosehip can play a part in. Rosehip also contains large amounts of vitamin C. While dogs are able to synthesise their own Vitamin C, having higher does in the diet is thought to improve immune function. Vitamin C is also essential in the production of collagen, which helps maintain bones and connective tissues.
So there you have it, Rosehip reduces inflammation and supports the joints. It’s a great addition to most dog’s diets - especially active and senior dogs!