Rose hip is a type of nutrient that is derived from the rose flower. Its high content of vitamins makes it important in facilitating eye health. It provides the body with a healthy supply of vitamin C. It also contains vitamin A, E, B1, B2, K, B3, carotenoids, rutin, potassium, calcium, iron, pectin, linolenoc acid and essential fatty acids.
The presence of vitamin A and vitamin C, potential antioxidants protects the eye from free radicals that play a role in the repairing of damaged cells. In particular, vitamin C assists the body in formation and maintenance of connective tissue including collagen found in the cornea of the eye. Vitamin C plays a key role in providing vascular support especially in the delicate capillaries of the retina helping enhance vision. Vitamin C tends to reduce the risk of lens clouding as well as macular degeneration preserving vision.
A potent nutrient that supports a healthy inflammation response, with the hips and petals conferring this function due to their astringent properties. Rose hip is also beneficial for the skin surrounding the eye due to its high content of fatty acids such as omega-6 and vitamin E. This helps in the repairing of the membrane of skin cells. Additionally, it performs a vascular function by aiding the improvement of capillary health. As such, it helps prevent the formation of dark circles under the eyes.
Rose Hip also, contains bioflavonoids (referred to as “vitamin P”) that help to support healthy eye functioning. Examples of bioflavonoids include, quercetin and rutin which play a significant role in the stabilization of cell membranes. Rutin, in particular, helps maintain the blood vessels in various parts of the eye. According to research, bioflavonoids and vitamin C have a complementary effect which is more effective when ingested together. These not only enhance the circulation but also provide an immunosupportive role by boosting the body’s immune system and protecting the eye from foreign bodies.