You’ve likely heard that rosehip is one of nature’s most potent sources of life-sustaining, full-spectrum vitamin C (plus a myriad other compounds). So, you enthusiastically brew up a serving of rosehip tea.
But what's actually in your cup?
It’s factually correct that properly selected and sourced rosehip can be abundant in naturally occurring vitamin C.
But long before it lands in your teacup, your rosehip may have endured oodles of challenges, such as growing in depleted soil, ill-timed harvesting, and/or improper storage, processing, and handling.
Any of these common missteps can drain the vitamin C right out of your rosehip.
What's more, product labels may list specific herbs, but often, unbeknownst to even the suppliers, those herbs might not actually be in the product.
For all its good intentions, the supplement industry has its sometimes-hidden share of adulterated products—which is why verifying quality is so essential to ensuring product integrity.
But don't become discouraged, there are still many excellent suppliers like For The Biome that invest the time and money in screening their herbs.
Besides nutrition’s sake, there is another critical reason why you might want to be sure your rosehip contains vitamin C.
The Magic of Whole-Plant Synergy
Along with offering nutrients like vitamin C, herbs like rosehip work their magic through herbal synergy. As our Founder and Formulator Paul Schulick says: "one plus one can be much more than two".
In other words, when properly selected and combined, herbs can often achieve more potent results together rather than alone.
Herbal synergy is decidedly dependent on the potency of the herbs in the formulation. If your herbs lack nutrients and phytoactives or are adulterated, the intended herbal synergy fizzles.
You can experience bona fide herbal synergy for yourself in our very own Immune Therapy infusion, where rosehip helps amplify the immunosupportive power of the revered Mediterranean herb Cistus incanus. While Cistus is remarkable all on its own, with the help of vitamin C in herbs like rosehip, it becomes even better.
It goes without saying that using vitamin C-depleted herbs would result in a lackluster formulation, illustrating another truism Paul Schulick has said for decades: the most expensive supplement is the one that doesn’t work.
So, How Do You Ensure Your Rosehip Has Vitamin C?
Even if your rosehip is rosy red and temptingly tart, screening for nutrient levels is the only way you can be certain they contain the nutrients and phytoactives that matter.
For example, when evaluating rosehip for our Immune Therapy Cistus+ Infusion, we sent samples from different suppliers to an independent lab for screening and nutrient evaluation.
To our dismay, even though they looked and smelled the part, this “high quality” organic rosehip contained little to no vitamin C.
We did our due diligence, and happily, we found organic rosehip that met our exacting standards.
Since our mission is to promote the healing power of nature’s most precious and potent gifts, we take exquisite care to choose the best herbs and mushrooms that we can find. This commitment to integrity is part of our 4-step process that ensures the efficacy of every formulation we develop:
- Select — we select clinically researched ingredients from the 5 Kingdoms
- Source — we source ingredients that are Reliable, Organic, Sustainable, Ethical, and Safe (R.O.S.E.S.)
- Optimize — we elevate potency (through recommended extraction or fermentation)
- Validate — we confirm with science
It is our deepest joy to deliver the best that nature offers and translate it to superior, scientifically confirmed results that can make a dramatic difference in your life!