Used to treat heart problems: chest pain, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, improve blood flow and circulation.
Hawthorn (Crataegus species) has been used to treat heart disease as far back as the 1st century. Traditionally, the berries were used to treat heart problems such as irregular heartbeat, circulation, high blood pressure, chest pain, hardening of the arteries, and heart failure. Today, the leaves and flowers are used medicinally, and there is some research that suggests that hawthorn might be effective when used in the treatment of the early stages of heart failure.
What is in Hawthorn Berries that make them special? Hawthorn contains antioxidants, including oligomeric procyandins (OPCs, also found in grapes) and quercetin. These antioxidant flavonoids — including OPCs — may help dilate blood vessels, improve blood flow, and protect the blood vessels from damage.
While Hawthorn Berries have been used by the European’s for centuries and even though there are many studies showing Hawthorn Berries effectiveness as well as safety, we caution that anyone suspecting heart disease should not self-medicate but be thoroughly checked out by a qualified health care practitioner before using hawthorn.