Hawthorn berry is a rich source of polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidant compounds found in plants. Due to their antioxidant activity, polyphenols have been associated with numerous health benefits, including a lower risk of the following:
- some cancers
- type 2 diabetes
- some infections
- heart problems
- premature skin aging
Hawthorn berry may have anti-inflammatory properties that could improve your health. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many diseases, including type 2 diabetes, asthma, and certain cancers.
In traditional Chinese medicine, hawthorn berry is one of the most commonly recommended foods to help treat high blood pressure. In a 10-week study in 36 people with mildly elevated blood pressure, those taking 500 mg of hawthorn extract daily experienced no significant decreases in blood pressure, although they showed a trend toward reduced diastolic blood pressure.
Some studies indicate that hawthorn extract may improve blood fat levels. Cholesterol and triglycerides are two types of fats always present in your blood. At normal levels, they’re perfectly healthy and play very important roles in hormone production and nutrient transport throughout your body. However, imbalanced blood fat levels, particularly high triglycerides and low HDL (good) cholesterol play a role in atherosclerosis, or plaque buildup in your blood vessels.
Hawthorn berries and hawthorn extract have been used for centuries to treat digestive issues, particularly indigestion and stomach pain. The berries contain fiber, which has been proven to aid digestion by reducing constipation and acting as a prebiotic.
Hawthorn has a very mild sedative effect, which may help decrease anxiety symptoms. In a study on hawthorn’s effect on blood pressure, while people taking hawthorn extract didn’t report significantly lower levels of anxiety, there was a trend towards reduced anxiety.
Hawthorn berry is best known for its use alongside traditional medications in the treatment of heart failure. A review of 14 randomized studies in more than 850 people concluded that those who took hawthorn extract along with their heart failure medications experienced improved heart function and exercise tolerance. They also experienced less shortness of breath and fatigue.
For adults, take one (1) capsule three to four times daily, preferably with meals. Capsules may be opened and prepared as a tea.
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