The i-flex® story began in the early 1990’s, when Erik Hansen, a farmer from Langeland, Denmark, discovered, quite by chance, that rosehips from the Rosa Canina plant appeared to help soothe his aching joints.
Encouraged by this realization, he developed the first of his rosehip powders. Made from rosehips grown on his own farm, he sold the powder to friends and neighbors after telling them of his own positive experiences.
The response from these early customers was so positive that Erik, and his son Torbjorn, decided to seek scientific verification of what they had found. They contacted scientists at the local hospital to see if they could find what it was in the rosehip that was producing the positive joint-health benefits being reported.
At first, the scientists were skeptical about the claimed benefits of the rosehip fruit – more commonly associated with teas and marmalades than with potential joint-health benefits. They did, however, agree to begin some scientific studies.
As the results of the testing began to emerge, the researchers became more and more convinced about the Langeland rosehip powder. To date, seven scientific studies have been completed and published in recognized scientific journals, the most recent in 2010.