Hawthorn Berry Extract for Heart Disease and Cholesterol

Research indicates that Hawthorn Berry is beneficial in treating heart conditions, including elevated cholesterol levels, arrhythmia, angina, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure

Hawthorn is known as food for the heart. It helps to increase the utilization of oxygen in the heart while increasing enzyme metabolism in the heart muscle.

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Hawthorn reduces the burden on the heart. It has been successfully used in other countries for the heart as a cardiac tonic to feed and give strength to the heart, it also helps with angina, valve murmurs, enlarged heart and helps regulate rapid or feeble heart beat.

Hawthorn has a long history of use, confirmed safety, and clinical evidence to support its cardiovascular benefits, especially cardiotonic activity. There is significant evidence to support its use in clinical cardiology and by the general public.

The fruits (berries) of various species, long used in traditional European herbal medicine, are edible (Hedrick, 1972). Hawthorn is one of the oldest known medicinal plants used in European medicine; its cordial actions on the heart were first reported by first century Greek herbalist Dioscorides and later by Swiss physician Paracelsus (1493�1541) (Weihmayr and Ernst, 1996). Other sources state that its clinical use for heart disease and cardiovascular disorders did not begin in Europe until the nineteenth century (Anschutz, 1900; Hobbs and Foster, 1990).

Hawthorn Berries can help with difficult breathing in certain heart conditions. It helps increase circulation and is good for either high or low blood pressure. At least one half of older adults with high blood pressure do not have their pressure controlled to levels that would limit their risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a large national study. The risk of heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US.

Hawthorn Berries are excellent for prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease. It is very effective in relieving restlessness and insomnia with those that have heart problems. Hawthorn can prevent arteriosclerosis - hardening of the arteries. Hawthorn is better taken on a regular basis since it is food for the heart. It works well with capsicum, garlic, and other heart formulas when taken at the same time.

Hawthorn berry preparations have been shown to combat cholesterol and angina, a condition resulting from insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle. In one study demonstrating the usefulness of a combined extract of hawthorn berry, leaf, and flower in the treatment of patients with stable angina pectoris (Hanack and Br�ckel, 1983), 60 angina patients were given either 180 mg of hawthorn berry-leaf-flower extract or placebo for three weeks. The ECG measures improved in the hawthorn patients, and blood flow and oxygen delivery to the heart muscle rose. Hawthorn patients also exercised for longer periods of time without an angina attack.

Hawthorn extract at a dose of 900 mg daily was shown to compare favorably with the cardiac drug Captopril (37.5 mg daily) in the treatment of 132 Stage II cardiac insufficiency patients (Tauchert et al., 1994). Captopril is used to reduce resistance to blood flow in peripheral arteries. Hawthorn performed equally well, with the added benefit of working on the heart. Exercise tolerance significantly increased in both test groups, and the incidence and severity of symptoms decreased by 50%.

Another study provided evidence that hawthorn extract can improve heart function in patients with chronic heart disease (Schmidt et al., 1994). This eight-week, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled study tested the effects of 600 mg/day of Faros� 300, (LI 132, an extract manufactured by Lichtwer Pharma, Berlin). Seventy-eight patients with Stage II heart disease taking hawthorn had significant gains in their stamina and endurance (as measured by a stationary bicycle), had lower blood pressure and lower heart rates while exercising, and pumped more blood at lower pressure. Also, patients taking hawthorn had fewer overall symptoms, felt less fatigue, and experienced less shortness of breath.

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Adaptogenic herbs such as Ashwagandha, Korean Ginseng and Siberian Ginseng can also be helpful for heart disease.

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