Sound Advice clients have been asking for some time for a rosehip supplement. We have delivered!
Introducing Rosehip Plus.
Rosehips are becoming more popular as a natural alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatories that we know have both short and long-term side effects.
A study in 2017 of these drugs found that:
Potential adverse effects associated with NSAIDs include gastrointestinal and renal toxicity and inhibition of bone healing.
These side effects are potentially worse than the symptoms we are trying to treat. Further, they are expensive and often require repeat veterinary consults to continue treatment. Despite their capacity to mask pain, NSAIDS are not a 'cure'. Long term, the horse is generally going to decline in performance, even on full doses of these pharmaceuticals.
Enter rosehips - used for thousands of years in herbal medicine. We are now seeing double blind placebo trials that are proving its usefulness in treating inflammation.
A standardised rosehip powder has been developed to maximise the retention of phytochemicals. This powder has demonstrated antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity as well as clinical benefits in conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Rose hips suggested uses include as a rich source of Vitamin C, with about 1700-2000 mg per 100 g in dried product; remedy for rheumatoid arthritis; reduces symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis; helps the immune system to fight off foreign invaders and out of control cells; facilitates fat metabolism; protects tissues from free radical damage; assists the nervous system by converting certain amino acids into neurotransmitters; prevents scurvy; protects joints and connective tissues; protects adrenal function; ability to prevent urinary bladder infections, and assist in treating dizziness and headaches.
It's no surprise horse owners are looking to rosehips as an alternative for long term use in their horses.
We have added magnesium to this supplement, which has many benefits of its own. You can read more about that in a previous blog post:
We are selling Rosehip Plus in 1kg pouches. A daily dose is 30g, but you can safely double that for a large horse, or a horse/pony showing significant symptoms of joint pain.
Rosehip Plus is also available from Impressa Equine.
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Use in Horses
Volume 33, Issue 1, April 2017, Pages 1-15
Rosehip: An evidence based herbal medicine for inflammation and arthritis
Australian Family Physician, Vol. 41, No. 7, Jul 2012: 495-498
ROSE HIPS - Internet Drug Index of Prescription Drugs Information, Interactions and Side Effects
Medical and Pharmacy Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP