Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Shakeology Spotlight - Rose Hips

Ever heard of rose hips? Most haven’t. But you’ve gotta admit, it is a funny-sounding name. But there’s nothing funny about the health benefits of this peculiar sounding, and looking, little fruit. And that’s exactly why we put it into Shakeology®.

What are rose hips?
Rose hips are grape-sized fruits that form out of shriveled rose flowers. You probably haven’t seen rose hips before because people tend to prune their rose bushes at the end of the season to encourage new growth. But, an unpruned rose bush would yield a ton of incredibly nutritious and delicious fruit.
Why are they so good for you?
Rose hips are loaded with vitamin C—which is known to help boost the immune system. Plus, they also contain vitamins A, E, and B-complex, as well as calcium, iron, selenium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, silicon, and zinc.
History of rose hips.
Back in the Middle Ages, rose hips were used to treat those under the weather. Native Americans used them in soups and stews. And during World War II, when citrus imports to England nearly ceased, rose hips were harvested from the English countryside to ensure people got their fill of vitamin C, instead of their fill of scurvy.
What do rose hips look like?
Rose hips start out green then mature to red, yellow, orange, or purple longish grape-looking fruit. When cut open, they contain small seeds that are encased in silvery hairs. And since rose hips are in the same family as apples and crabapples, it shouldn’t be a shocker that they sort of look and taste very similar.
Gimme. Gimme. Gimme.
But you don’t have to canvas your neighborhood and convince neighbors not to prune their rose bushes in order to get your hands on these potent little fruits. All you’ve got to do is drink Shakeology.
You guessed it, rose hips are a superfood. And Shakeology is loaded with them. Enjoy!

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