Hawthorn berry benefits include heart and cardiovascular support. It’s included in our CardiAce Heart Health Support Kits.
Hawthorn Berry in Enhancing Heart Health
Crataegus monogyna, also known as Hawthorn berry, has traditionally been used to support the healing of heart problems ranging from irregular heartbeat to high blood pressure to chest pain. It has also been used to support treatment for circulatory disorders and respiratory illnesses.
The edible berries and the roots of the plant are the traditional source of heart health benefits. Today, Hawthorn berries and leaves are processed to make all-natural Hawthorn herbal tea, a beverage that shows great potential in improving heart health.
The Hawthorn berry is an abundant source of polyphenols. These polyphenols have powerful antioxidant properties that may help to neutralize free radicals. By absorbing free radicals, they decrease the risk of heart cardiovascular problems related to oxidative stress.
Regular consumption of Hawthorn tea can improve the oxygen utilization of the heart as well as improve circulation and energize the cells of the heart. It is known to tonify and strengthen the heart muscle, acting as a cardiovascular trophorestorative.
In addition to direct action on the heart, Hawthorn supports the cardiovascular system by helping to maintain healthy blood pressure. Hawthorn supports healthy blood pressure by being a vasodilator and balancing cholesterol levels. Consuming Hawthorn tea reduces the build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other substances on the arterial walls. It creates a balance in the body’s cholesterol levels. In this way, heart health can improve significantly.
Other Health Benefits
The extract contains fibers that can aid digestion by reducing constipation. It also acts as a prebiotic by nourishing and promoting healthy gut bacteria to maintain healthy digestion. The consumption of Hawthorn berries enhances the production of enzymes needed to digest fats and protein-rich foods.
The extract has also been shown to have anti-aging properties that can prevent collagen degradation due to excessive heat and exposure to ultraviolet light.
A Magical Plant
Crataegus monogyna is a species of the flowering plant in the Rosaceae family. The plant is native to Europe, Western Asia, and Northwestern Africa. Crataegus has many common names such as the Mayflower, Maythorn, and Thornapple. It typically produces its white flowers around May 1. It starts as a small shrub but can reach about 10 m tall with a dense crown. It’s thorny stemmed and has self-pollinating flowers that mature into a Hawthorn berry.
Chinese, Native American, and European peoples have a long used Hawthorn as a heart tonic. Its use dates back to first-century Rome, where it was seen as a symbol of love and marriage. One myth associated with Hawthorn is that it’s the guardian of the faery realm. If you take a nap underneath a Hawthorn tree, you may wake up in the land of the Fae. It truly is a magical plant.
Learn More About Hawthorn Berry
Hawthorn berry extract offers a wide range of potential heart health benefits. Together with a healthy diet and proper exercise, Hawthorn can support the conditions needed for improved cardiovascular health. This herbal supplement has the potential to help improve health outcomes and overall wellness.
Crataegus monogyna is one of five herbal extracts included in Linden Botanicals CardiAce Heart Health Support Kits. CardiAce Kits are a synergistic collection of five time-tested heart health herbal supplements designed to support vascular health and healthy heart function, bolster mitochondrial energy, improve cardiac stress tolerance, and protect against free radical damage. Kits come in two sizes: 100g (~50 servings) and 250g (~125 servings).