In the early 1800s, American doctors recognized the Hawthorne Berry’s medicinal properties and began using it to treat circulatory disorders and respiratory illnesses. Considered a “cardiotonic” herb or heart tonic, the flowers and berries of the hawthorn plant were used in traditional medicine to treat irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, chest pain, hardening of the arteries, and heart failure. Hawthorn is commonly used to strengthen the heart.
Animal and laboratory studies report hawthorne contains active compounds with antioxidant properties. Hawthorne has primarily been studied in people with heart failure (a condition in which the heart is unable to pump adequate amounts of blood to other organs in the body). Four studies conclude that hawthorn significantly improved heart function.
Hawthorne berry has been shown to combat chest pain (angina), which is caused by low blood flow to the heart. Studies suggest that hawthorn may be a powerful agent for the removal of LDL (”bad”) cholesterol from the bloodstream. Considerable evidence supports the cardiovascular benefits of this herb.
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