Hawthorn Berry is a product containing encapsulated hawthorn extract (Crataegus oxyacantha). This plant has long been considered an extremely valuable pharmaceutical raw material and has many applications in the treatment of various diseases. Scientific research confirms its antioxidant, hypocholesterolemic, hypolipidemic and anti-atherosclerotic effects.
Hawthorn is a well-known plant that is used in the support of treatment and prevention of various diseases for a very long time. In western culture, it belongs to the group of the oldest plants showing pharmacological activity, having its monographs in various pharmacopoeias (Germany, France, England).
The main application of hawthorn in folk medicine is: diarrhea, insomnia, gallbladder disease, digestive system and cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension and lipid metabolism disorders. It has also been used as an antispasmodic agent in the treatment of asthma and in alleviating digestive disorders. Current research results prove a wide spectrum of health-promoting properties of hawthorn fruit and flowers. Among them, above all, cardioprotective, antimicrobial, immunomodulatory and antioxidant effects are mentioned.
Hawthorn abounds in many substances characterized by high biological activity. Its main components that have an active effect on the body are flavonoids and their associated proanthocyanidins (rutin, hyperoside, vitexin and rhamnoside). In the leaves of this plant can be found catechin and epicatechin. It is worth mentioning that hawthorn also contains saponins, tannins, anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins, amines, choline, acetylcholine, purine derivatives (adenosine, adenine, guanine), caffeic acid, pectin, triterpene acids, as well as large amounts of vitamin C.
Many studies confirm the positive impact of hawthorn on the cardiovascular system. The experiments provide evidence suggesting its hypolipemic effect - lowering total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides with simultaneous increase in HDL cholesterol. It is believed that hawthorn extracts can intensify the metabolism of cholesterol towards bile acids, and thus contribute to the excretion of excess of it from the body. It also seems that hawthorn extracts may have an anti-aggregating effect, which may play an important role in preventing the formation of many abnormal changes in the blood vessels that are a risk factor, including stroke or acute coronary syndromes.
1 capsule 2 times a day.