Nutritional Supplements Library
What is Hawthorn?
Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) is a common, thorny shrub that grows up to five feet tall on hillsides and in sunny wooded areas of North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. The Hawthorn plant produces small berries, called haws, which sprout each May after the flowers of the hawthorn plant bloom. The constituents include flavonoids, oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs), chlorogenic acid, amines, tannins, cyanogenetic glycosides and saponins. Bioflavonoid complexes (including oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs), vitexin, quercetin, and hyperoside) found in the leaves, flowers, and berries of hawthorn are believed to be responsible for the herbs positive health benefits.
What is the effective dosage of Hawthorn supplementation?
The effective dosage is 300 - 1000 mg of the dried fruit three times per day, or as a liquid, 0.5 to 1.0 mL three times per day (1:1 in 25% alcohol).
What are the benefits of Hawthorn supplementation?
• Hawthorn helps to improve coronary artery blood flow as well as improved blood flow in the extremeties.
• It is said to increase the force of heartbeats and to relax the arteries around the heart.
• It prevents plaque build-up on arteries (atherosclerosis)
• It lowers blood pressure
• It improves oxygen use by the heart to aid in congestive heart failure.
• It may also be helpful when used in connection with other conditions such as angina, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and some arrhythmias.
What are the side effects of Hawthorn supplementation?
Although no serious side effects have been reported from taking hawthorn in moderate dosage, those with cardiovascular complications should not take hawthorn without first consulting with a physician.