Hawthorn has a long history of use in traditional Western herbalism as well as in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is believed that Hawthorne extract can uplift and strengthen both the physical and emotional heart. The health benefits of Hawthorn extract extend well beyond the heart. Hawthorn has been used to support healthy circulation and cardiovascular health. The healthy circulation of oxygenated blood throughout the body is crucial for maintaining optimal functioning of our many body systems.
Traditionally, Hawthorn was considered “sacred tree medicine” to the ancient Druids and was said to house fairies. The Greeks associated Hawthorn with having warm properties, meaning they believed it could help balance the constitutional temperament of an individual who otherwise had a cold disposition.
Crataegus spp. is a large, thorny shrub or small tree with stems and trunks that consist of hard wood and gray bark. A member of the Rosaceae family, Hawthorn bears tri-lobed leaves and white flowers characteristic to other genera in the rose family. The flowers ripen into bright red berries, which are carefully harvested, to avoid the many sharp thorns that protrude from the shrub’s branches. Sometimes spelled Hawthorne, the berries are often picked fully ripe in autumn before the first frost.
Hawthorn Extract Health Benefits
Hawthorn extract is rich in bioflavonoids and polyphenols. It is also rich in particular oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs). OPCs are a type of antioxidant that enhances the activity of vitamins A, C, and E; improves circulation; strengthens capillaries; reduces inflammation; and supports immune system health. OPCs are effective antioxidants for the brain and nerve tissue and enhance connective tissue health. They have also been shown to reduce histamine production, making OPCs useful in the treatment of allergies.
Hawthorn extract may also help reduce joint pain and help support healthy digestive function. Regular use improves the heart’s exercise tolerance. Hawthorn’s unique polysaccharides can help the body maintain a healthy balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. This may be the reason that early studies suggest that Hawthorn may help reduce anxiety.
Optimize Your Health with Hawthorn Extract (Crategeous)
Hawthorn extract shows promise as a highly effective cardiovascular support and anti-inflammatory agent that may support the health of all major body system. Due to its broad-spectrum activity, Hawthorn could be a highly beneficial supplement to health protocols for anyone seeking to improve cardiac function and optimize overall health.
Traditional Chinese medicine and other traditional medicine systems suggest Hawthorne extract (Cratageous monogyna) may support:
Suggested Use: Consume 1-2 grams of extract per a day. Mix into your non-dairy drink of choice. For example, add 1-2 grams to a large mug of tea, or dissolve 1 gram into 8oz of hot water. Drink 2-3 times a day.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses Hawthorn extract to support heart health, digestion, and blood circulation. It is considered an astringent, antispasmodic, cardiotonic, diuretic, and hypotensive agent. Ethnomedical traditions include using Hawthorn as an antidepressant, a diuretic, and support for improved warmth in the extremities. Other traditional uses include supporting digestion and promoting healthy skin.
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Triterpenic Acids: Chlorogenic acid, Citric acid, Ferulic acid, Hydroxybenzoic, Malic acid, Oleanolic acid, Quinic acid, Succinic acid, Tartaric acid, Protocatechuic acid, Salicylic acid, Syringic acid, and Urosolic acid.
Polyphenols: Apigenin, Chrysin, Epicatechin, Hyperoside, Isoquercetin, Naringerin, Procyanidid B2, Procyanidid B5, Procyanid C1, Quercetin, Rutin, Vitexin, and Vitexin-2”-O-rhamnoside.
Phytosterols: B-Sitosterol, Betulinic acid, and Lupenol.
Hawthorn may interact with prescription drugs used to treat heart disease. If you are taking medication for a heart condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking Hawthorn extract.