Hawthorn for a Healthy Heart: THE BEAT GOES ON!

 Hawthorn is a plant that has been used for centuries to treat medical problems. In the Middle Ages, it was popularized as an effective treatment of dropsy and now we know how well this ancient herb works! It can be found in many forms including dietary supplements which are still used today on various heart conditions like Angina or Congestive Heart Failure.

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Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a thorny, flowering tree or shrub native to temperate regions of Europe, North America, and northern Asia. 

The tiny red berries of Hawthorn (a member of the rose family) have been used for centuries to promote digestive health and ease anxiety. The plant itself-including its flowers, leaves, berries,  stems and even bark are also medicinal ingredients in many traditional medicines around the world!

--> How does it work?

Hawthorn contains an abundance of phytonutrients (antioxidants) called oligomeric proanthocyanidins and flavonoids, which are thought to be responsible for its potential benefits, including:

1. Loaded with antioxidants
      • Hawthorn is an abundant source of polyphenols, which can help neutralize harmful free radicals.May have anti-inflammatory properties. Both the berries and leaves contain elements with anti-inflammatory properties.
      2. May lower blood pressure
      • Shown in some studies to act as a vasodilator, helping to lower blood pressure. Hawthorn berry is one of the most commonly recommended food/herbs in traditional Chinese medicine to help treat HBP.
      3. May lower cholesterol
          • Studies have shown that the flavonoid and pectin content in Hawthorn extract may help improve cholesterol levels.
          4. Used to promote digestion
            • Fiber contained within the berries can help reduce constipation while acting as a prebiotic, helping to promote healthy gut bacteria.
            5. May have anti-aging properties
              • Due to the antioxidant content, Hawthorn may help prevent the premature aging that can occur due excessive sun/uv light exposure.

              --> How do we use Hawthorn?
              In our daily herbal tea! It is a truly remarkable plant and a cherished, tart and subtly sweet component in our Healthy Heart herbal tea blend. Coming soon to our website and Etsy store!

              Some additional notes and considerations:

              Side effects and precautions
              Side effects of Hawthorn are rare, but may include headache, nausea and palpitations.

              Using medicinal herbs to treat several diseases is becoming increasingly popular due the advantages such as less or milder side effects and reduced costs.

              There is a possibility that hawthorn berries may negatively interact with heart medications. If you're taking such medication, speak to your doctor before consuming any Hawthorn Berry supplements.