London: Rosehips are the new superfood, according to a new study from Denmark.
The rosehip which is packed with vitamin C also contains another compound which reduces inflammation in joints.
The study was carried out by researchers at the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, said they could have a ‘wide therapeutic effect’.
The reddish-orange fruit has more than ten times the vitamin C content of oranges and was used by Vikings to present scurvy on their long sea voyages.
It was also given to millions of children during and after World War ll to compensate for a lack of vitamins in the rationed diet.
The Danish research found than 80 per cent of the osteoarthritis sufferers who took part found rosehip extract helped ease their pain within three weeks.
After three months they noticed a significant decrease in the stiffness of their joints, making movement easier.