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How to live longer: The tea to drink to protect against heart disease and type 2 diabetes

Long life expectancy could be achieved through drinking rosehip tea. Rosehip tea is a herbal tea made from the fruits of the rose plant. A number of health benefits have been linked to drinking rosehip tea, one being to protect against heart disease.

Rosehips contain a high concentration of antioxidants, such as vitamin C.

Studies have shown how vitamin C can reduce heart disease risk.

A review of 13 studies found supplementing with at least 500mg of vitamin C per day could achieve a significant decrease in LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol and blood triglycerides – two risk factors for heart disease.

Rosehips are also high in flavonoids. These have been shown to reduce blood pressure in people with high readings and to improve blood flow to the heart. 

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Some research has also shown how rosehips may protect against type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes causes a person’s blood sugar levels to become too high, and can lead to serious health complications if left untreated.

A study carried out on mice on a high-fat diet found supplementing with rosehip power over a 10 to 20 week period significantly decreased blood sugar levels, fasting insulin levels and fat cell growth in the liver – three risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

Rosehip tea may also aid weight loss.

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Obesity can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, including type 2 diabetes, coronavirus heart disease and some types of cancer.

But studies have shown rosehips from the rosa canina plant are high in an antioxidant called tiliroside, which may have fat-burning properties.

An eight-week study carried out on mice prone to obesity found those fed a high-fat diet containing 1 percent rosehip extract gained significantly less body weight and stomach fat than those that didn’t receive the supplement. 

Human studies have shown similar results.

A 12-week study involving 32 adults with excess weight showed taking 100mg of reship extract daily significantly decreased body weight and stomach fat, compared with the placebo group. 

While rosehip’s potential to help the inside of the body live longer, it’s also been shown to help the outside.

Rosehip is believed to help fight skin ageing, and is used as an ingredient in an increasing number of beauty products.

Collagen is responsible for providing elasticity to skin.

Vitamin C has been shown to promote collagen synthesis and protect skin cells against sun damage – two things that can help keep skin looking tighter and more youthful. 

Rosehip tea also contains the carotenoid astaxanthin, which has been shown to have anti-ageing effects by helping prevent the breakdown of collagen. 

Rosehip tea also contains vitamin A and lycopene which are known to protect skin cells against sun damage. 

An eight-week study involving 34 people found those who consumed 3g of reship powder per day experienced fewer crow’s feet wrinkles. 

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