Heart failure is a condition whereby the heart is unable to pump enough blood to other organs in the body. Hawthorn has been extensively studied in people with heart failure, showing positive results. Studies published in Pharmacognosy Review suggest that hawthorn berries significantly improves heart function. In fact, the low/negligible incidence of side effects experienced by patients indicate that hawthorn is particularly useful in treating stage I and II heart failure.
A large study found that hawthorn was effective in treating 952 people with heart failure suggests the University of Maryland. The study compared treating heart failure with conventional drugs to hawthorn alone, and in addition to taking hawthorn with prescription drugs. After two years, participants who took hawthorn supplementation had decreased symptoms of heart failure. Palpitations, breathing problems and fatigue had significantly improved when taking hawthorn alone or with other drugs.
Hawthorn berries may help combat angina, caused by low blood flow to the heart. Research published in The Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge suggests that hawthorn dilates coronary blood vessels and improves blood flow. In addition, it strengthens heart muscles and helps to rid the body of excess salt and water.
Hawthorn berries may also be useful for controlling blood pressure. A pilot study from Readings University in the UK set out to investigate the hypotensive potential of hawthorn extract and magnesium. Participants were assigned a daily supplement of either 600 milligrams, 500 milligrams hawthorn extract, a combination of both or a placebo. At week 10, researchers found a reduction in the resting diastolic blood pressure in the participants who were assigned the hawthorn extract.
In addition to the antioxidants eliminating dangerous toxins from the body, the vitamin C in hawthorn berries are also boosting the activity of your white blood cells to increase your overall health!
In many traditional medicines, hawthorn berries are used for certain psychological conditions, including stress, anxiety and even depression. During the pilot study conducted in the UK, which evaluated hawthorn for hypertension, a trend towards a reduction in anxiety was observed in those taking hawthorn compared with the other groups taking a placebo. Hawthorn may have an impact on hormonal levels, which would explain why so many cultures of the past believed it was the cure “for a broken heart.”
The many organic compounds found in hawthorn interact with gut flora to improve digestion. Additionally, the fiber in hawthorn improves the digestive process, helping with constipation, bloating and cramping.
Apart from improving nutrient uptake and eliminating constipation, it’s also suggested that hawthorn may help eliminate intestinal infections like tapeworms.
Hawthorn berry is ideal for those who have a family history of heart disease. When used in conjunction with a healthy diet and stress management, hawthorn is an effective long-term treatment for cardiovascular health. Additionally, it is not habit forming, accumulative or toxic. These berries were used in the form of traditional medicine back in the first century. They contain phytonutrients such as anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins. Hawthorn berries have antioxidants that strengthen the walls of your blood vessels, and also provide therapeutic effects as well.
Native to northern Europe, hawthorn grows throughout the world. The red berry-like fruits contain many powerful substances. Hawthorn berries belong to the same family of plants as apples and roses, which is why they’re bright red in color. And like roses, the berries are accompanied by long, woody thorns that can be quite hazardous, if not carefully handled.
Boil water for two minutes on the stove. Now drop 3 to 4 hawthorn berries into the water. Once you are done boiling, steep for 8 to 10 minutes. Now scoop out the berries with the help of a spoon. Pour the tea into a cup and enjoy.
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