Hawthorn is a common thorny shrub in the rose family that grows up to 5 feet tall on hillsides and in sunny wooded areas throughout the world. Small berries called haws, sprout after the flowers. They are usually red when ripe, but they may also be black. Hawthorn berry is widely regarded as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease.
Hawthorn contains many substances that benefit the heart. Antioxidant flavonoids, including OPCs, help dilate blood vessels, improve blood flow and protect blood vessels from damage. Hawthorn can help improve the amount of blood pumped out of the heart during contractions, widen the blood vessels and increase the transmission of nerve signals. Hawthorn also has a blood pressure-lowering activity. It causes relaxing of the blood vessels farther from the heart. This effect is due to a component in hawthorn called proanthocyanidin
- Hawthorn normalizes blood pressure by regulating heart action
- Good for heart muscle weakened by age
- Can help strengthen blood vessels, reduce palpitations, help prevent vascular insufficiency, blood clots (embolism, phlebitis)
- Dilates coronary vessels to restore heart muscle wall
- Lowers cholesterol
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