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Hawthorn - the Heart's Best Friend

posted on 4 February 2006 | posted in Health Articles


Hawthorn is has been known for centuries to be a very useful remedy for the whole of the heart and circulatory system. It has a normalizing action on the heart according to need, either tonifying it as in congestive heart failure or weakness, or depressing it as in palpitations. Problems of the circulatory system such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, angina pectoris and even varicose veins and varicose ulcers may also be helped by taking hawthorn. Sportsmen use hawthorn to sustain the heart under maximum effort, for it enhances excercise duration.

Though hawthorn berries contain many chemicals, it is felt that bioflavonoids and cardiotonic amines are largely responsible for its beneficial activities.

These ingredients:

  • Dilate the coronary arteries, leading to an improvement in the blood supply to the heart

  • Improve the metabolic processes of the heart, resulting in an increase in the force of contraction and the elimination of some types of rhythm disturbance

  • It can inhibit angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) thereby lowering levels of angiotensin 11, a potent constrictor of blood vessels that is implicated in the causation of high blood pressure
  • Collagen stabilizing effects of hawthorne isoflavonoids are probably responsible for its effect in ameliorating atherosclerosis.


  • Please note that heart disease is a serious condition and any decision to take hawthorn berries should be discussed with your doctor first.

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    Holubarsch CJ, Colucci WS, Meinertz T, Gaus W, Tendera M Survival and Prognosis: Investigation of Crataegus Extract WS 1442 in CHF (SPICE) trial study group. The efficacy and safety of Crataegus extract WS 1442 in patients with heart failure: the SPICE trial. Eur J Heart Fail. 2008 Dec10(12):1255-63.