Hawthorn Berries (Crataegus Oxyacantha)
Hawthorn berries are popular in Europe where they are used in a number of herbal tinctures, herbal combinations and teas.
Hawthorne berries have been widely credited with helping regulate both high and low blood pressure.
In addition, they slowly break down cholesterol and fat deposits in the body.
The effect of hawthorne berries on the circulatory system have been extensively researched and documented in Europe.
They contain powerful antioxidants and natural bioflavonoids. These help support the health of the whole cardiovascular system.
In addition, certain chemical constituents in the berries enhance enzyme metabolism and oxygen utilization in the heart muscle.
Hawthorne berries also contain vitamins C and B complex, crataegin, carotene, flavonoids and sugars.
The nutritional support of hawthorne berries commonly comes in form of capsule and liquid extract. Liquid extracts are recommended for those who have difficulty swallowing capsules.
Other common forms include tincture, tablets, powder and dried herb/tea.
The key constituents of the hawthorne berries are removed using a both grain alcohol and distilled water.
Extracts are rapidly assimilated by the body and can be mixed in liquid or taken directly.
Hawthorne berries help protect arterial walls.
They also have the ability to enlarge coronary blood vessels and thus enhance the supply of oxygen, blood and nutrients to the heart and strengthen the heart's pumping ability.
They can be used in treating angina, arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, and high blood pressure and heart disease prevention
The berries should be taken over a long duration of time for their full nutritional benefits to be realized.
Hawthorn Berries Side Effects
The berries side effects are rare and superficial in nature. Where they occur, the effects include:
Stop taking hawthorn berries and consult your doctor if any of these side effects occur.