Due to its richness in vitamin C, the rose hip fruits have a recognized antioxidant action. Now, researchers have demonstrated through a clinical study with rats that also have action against diabetes and high triglyceride levels.
The scientists administered an extract of the fruit of the rose hip to rats that were induced diabetes by streptozotocin, a substance able to do so in certain animal species. After the period of analysis, the results showed that the oral administration of the extract had significantly improved both blood glucose levels and triglycerides, compared to a group of rodents used as control.
Histopathological examinations, consisting of the study of tissues, revealed that rose hip extract improved the necrotic islets and regenerated the islet cells of the pancreas, responsible for the synthesis of insulin in the body, and whose deficiency causes type I diabetes.