“ Brand: Holland & Barrett / Form: Liquid / Dosage Form: Liquid „
- Why I Bought - A few years ago I watched a documentary about Lycopene. It is a naturally occurring red carotene pigment found in red food such as tomatoes, pink grapefruit and papaya. The documentary explained how it has a strong antioxidant effect and that it could help reduce damage to the skin caused by the sun. As well as this it could help reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles and although not yet proven there does appear to be a link between Lycopene and reducing the risk of some cancers. I found this very interesting, especially as I have very fair skin and already have some sun damaged skin due to not being diligent enough with the sun cream. Since watching this programme I have tried to eat a lot of tomato in my diet as tomatoes are particularly rich in Lycopene. On a recent trip to Holland and Barrett I spotted a tomato Lycopene supplement but was disappointed to see it was around £13 for a 30 day supply. I decided to ask if there was anything else I could take that would be a good source of Lycopene but at a better price. I was informed that Rose hip was another good source of Lycopene and there happened to be a bottle of Rose Hip Liquid for just £5. I suspected the liquid wouldn't taste very nice but decided it was worth a go at that price. - What is Rose Hip? - Rose hip is the fruit produced by the rose plant. They have that red/orange colour typical of fruit which is rich in Lycopene. They can be eaten as they are but are usually used as an ingredient in jams, soups, wines and other foods. As well as being a rich source of Lycopene, Rose hips are also naturally high in Vitamin C and contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B and fatty acids such as galactolipids too. - Uses - Due to the Lycopene and antioxidant content Rosehip may be useful in protecting the skin from sun damage, reducing the signs of aging and even reducing the risk of some cancers. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant. In addition it can help your immune system to fight infection and reduce the symptoms and length of illness with colds and flu. It may also have an anti inflammatory effect. Due to the high anti oxidant level from the Lycopene and Vitamin C and the supposed anti inflammatory action resulting from the Vitamin C and galactolipids, Rose hip is thought to be very beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis and similar inflammatory diseases. - Packaging - The rose hip liquid I purchased comes in a brown glass bottle. I can easily see how much liquid is left inside but I do think the glass makes it difficult to travel with. There is a brightly coloured orange screw top lid which seems to keep a tight seal without it being difficult to remove. The label is yellow and orange. It displays a picture of rose hips and the name of the product. It states that the liquid is blueberry flavour, the bottle contains 118ml of liquid and that it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. On the back there are directions which state to take one 5ml teaspoon daily, preferably with a meal and not to exceed this dose. Each 5ml teaspoon contains 1000mg of Rosehip, the Rosa Canina variety. There is a list of ingredients which unfortunately contains a sweetener (Xylitol). The liquid contains no starch, milk, lactose, soya, gluten, wheat, yeast, fish or porcine. - A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down - It is easy to pour out a teaspoon of this liquid. It has quite a sickly blueberry smell and is brown in colour. The taste is quite pleasant actually. It has a slightly metallic taste in my opinion but this is masked a little by the sweet blueberry flavour. It has a syrup consistency. It is certainly nicer than I expected and I don't mind having a teaspoon of this every day. - The Results - As with many supplements there is no visible of physical effects to speak of. I do not suffer with rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory conditions so I can't comment on the effect the rose hip liquid has on this. For me the purpose of taking the liquid is to get a high dose of the antioxidant Lycopene and it is a bonus that it also provides me with a good dose of vitamin C too. I like to think that the liquid will protect my skin from sun damage, prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging, reduce my risk of getting cancer and boost my immune system. However, I do not know whether it really does any of this or if it is just wishful thinking and much of the scientific research on this subject is inconclusive too. - Price and Availability - I paid £5 for my bottle in Holland and Barrett. I think this must have been on offer as it is currently around £10 a bottle in my local branch. I still think this isn't a bad price considering all the good things it contains. You can also buy rose hip capsules from Holland and Barrett. - Would I Recommend? - I would definitely recommend this blueberry flavoured rose hip liquid. It is easy to take, tastes nice, may benefit your health in a variety of ways from colds to cancer, and it is reasonably priced. I would rather it didn't contain a sweetener but I appreciate this helps with the nice sweet blueberry taste.