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Therapeutic Applications of Rose Hips from Different Rosa Species

Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50013, Spain
Department of Physiological Sciences II, University of Barcelona, Barcelona 08907, Spain
Department of Applied Chemistry, Public University of Navarra, Pamplona 31006, Spain
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Academic Editors: Lorenza Speranza, José L. Quiles and Sara Franceschelli
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(6), 1137;
Received: 30 March 2017 / Revised: 15 May 2017 / Accepted: 18 May 2017 / Published: 25 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Correlation between Nutrition, Oxidative Stress and Disease)
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Rosa species, rose hips, are widespread wild plants that have been traditionally used as medicinal compounds for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases. The therapeutic potential of these plants is based on its antioxidant effects caused by or associated with its phytochemical composition, which includes ascorbic acid, phenolic compounds and healthy fatty acids among others. Over the last few years, medicinal interest in rose hips has increased as a consequence of recent research that has studied its potential application as a treatment for several diseases including skin disorders, hepatotoxicity, renal disturbances, diarrhoea, inflammatory disorders, arthritis, diabetes, hyperlipidaemia, obesity and cancer. In this review, the role of different species of Rosa in the prevention of treatment of various disorders related to oxidative stress, is examined, focusing on new therapeutic approaches from a molecular point of view. View Full-Text
Keywords: Rose hip; oxidative stress; antioxidants; functional food; cancer; arthritis; diabetes; neural disorder; antimicrobial Rose hip; oxidative stress; antioxidants; functional food; cancer; arthritis; diabetes; neural disorder; antimicrobial

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Mármol, I.; Sánchez-de-Diego, C.; Jiménez-Moreno, N.; Ancín-Azpilicueta, C.; Rodríguez-Yoldi, M.J. Therapeutic Applications of Rose Hips from Different Rosa Species. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 1137.

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