What is it?

Rose-Hip Vital® powder contains a patented compound which is activated during the patented drying process of the Rosehips used in Rose-Hip Vital® (Rosa Canina). This active compound then acts as natural relief for joint pain and is the subject of numerous scientific studies including 8 clinical trials, unique to Rose-Hip Vital® products.

The active compound was discovered 7 years ago in Denmark and is exclusive to the Rose-Hip Vital® branded powder. Research indicates that the patented rosehip powder helps reduce joint pain and stiffness as well as improve flexibility and mobility. It is the same registered active compound found in the human version Rose-Hip Vital® called GOPO®.

How does it work?

A certain proportion of white blood cells are involved in the inflammatory process by ‘cleaning’ inflamed joints. However, in large numbers these cells can release toxic free radicals which further damage the joints. The more inflamed the joint becomes, the more white blood cells are attracted to it.

The active compound found in Rose-Hip Vital® Canine actively discourages large numbers of white blood cells from accumulating in the joint and slows down the production of toxic free radicals. This helps to:

  • Reduce joint damage.
  • Reduce joint pain and stiffness.
  • Reduce the consumption of traditional pain killers.
  • Improve general joint health and wellbeing.

The Evidence

Results from a randomised, placebo-controlled trial published in the Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 18, supplement 2 (2010) suggests Rose-Hip Vital® Canine shows anti-inflammatory properties in dogs and works as a strong antioxidant. The study aimed to test whether Rose-Hip Vital® Canine might improve the immune response, working capacity and wellbeing of dogs.

Twelve weeks of treatment resulted in statistically significant improvements to the general wellbeing of dogs, with the study testing for motivation, mood, working capacity, cooperation, speed and fur quality.

Three-month treatment resulted in a significant decline in total white blood cell count – indicating that Rose-Hip Vital® Canine works as an anti-inflammatory in dogs.

The data suggests that Rose-Hip Vital® Canine exhibits anti-inflammatory properties in dogs and works as a strong antioxidant. This can explain why the actively treated group of dogs showed an improvement in so many different activities as working capacity, litheness, speed and quality of fur.

Ref: Ragone A, Hansen ASV et al. A herbal remedy derived from subspecies of Rosa Canina improves the immune response, working capacity and well-being of dog? A parallel, placebo-controlled, double-blind randomised study. Osteo & Cartil 18: supp2(2010)s149

As a professional greyhound trainer, I have been using rosehip for nine months now and have found a dramatic improvement in my greyhounds’ general wellbeing, and in their condition after a race. I have also seen a much quicker recovery in my greyhounds that have all sorts of joint problems.

Mark Gatt, trainer of Australia’s number 1 ranked greyhound ‘Oaks Road’

A trial published in the Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology 2005 showed that 82% of patients reported a reduction in pain after 3 weeks of active treatment with a standardised Rosehip Powder (Rose-Hip Vital® manufactured by Hyben Vital, Denmark). Pain was alleviated to such an extent that 40% reduced their consumption of paracetamol.1

Further evidence of the effectiveness of the standardised Rosehip Powder (Rose-Hip Vital® manufactured by Hyben Vital, Denmark) on chronic joint conditions has been reported by the Phytomedicine Journal of 2004. Here, 66% of patients taking the standardised Rosehip powder reported a reduction in joint pain. Interestingly, patients also reported an improvement in general wellbeing, including mood, sleep quality and energy.


  1. Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology ↩︎