Hawthorn

Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is a plant rich in history and medicinal value, mostly recognized for its cardiovascular benefits. 

This herb is commonly found across various parts of the world and utilized in different forms;  leaves, flowers, and berries. 

It stands out as a potent natural remedy with a strong emphasis on heart health. Whether used in teas, extracts, or supplements, it offers a variety of health-promoting properties.

Hawthorn

Hawthorn is packed with a complex mix of phenolic compounds, which are believed to be the source of its health benefits. These include:

  • Epicatechin
  • Procyanidins: Particularly abundant in the fruits.
  • Flavonols and C-glycosyl flavones: Found mainly in the leaves.
  • Phenolic acids

The concentration of these phenolics varies, being generally higher in the leaves and flowers than in the fruits.

Hawthorn Benefits

Hawthorn has been shown to support heart health in several ways. 

It is particularly noted for its ability to: 

  • Improve blood flow, enhance heart function, and increase exercise tolerance in patients with congestive heart failure. 
  • Its rich antioxidant content helps to mitigate oxidative stress and reduce inflammation, which are critical in preventing chronic diseases.
  • Hawthorn can help lower blood lipid levels and reduce blood pressure, further supporting cardiovascular health.
  • Its rich antioxidant content helps to mitigate oxidative stress and reduce inflammation, which are critical in preventing chronic diseases.
  • Studies suggest that hawthorn can help lower blood lipid levels and reduce blood pressure, further supporting cardiovascular health.