Hawthorn has been used by healers in Europe since ancient times. The hawthorn leaves contain different active ingredients: tannins, flavonoids, essential fatty acids, purine derivatives, and triterpene carbon acids. Its fruits are rich in tannins, flavonoids, pigments, and vitamins.
Today doctors phytoterapists, like herbalists, use hawthorn for prophylaxis, prevention and concomitant treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
Hawthorn improves the heart's ability to pump blood and relieves the ill patients without the side effects that many modern ACE blockers have. It strengthens the cardiovascular contractions.
If taken by people with CVD, it approves the heart's ability to cope with the physical effort by reducing the incidence of symptoms as well as their strength. It stabilizes the cardiovascular rhythm and reduces the risk of arrhythmia.
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What Is Hawthorn?
The regular hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata, Rosaceae) e a low bushy tree, typical of temperate climate zones and Bulgaria is such a zone. In our country, hawthorn is common in woodlands and among the bushes around the mountain pastures.
The tree ranges in height from 5 to 14 meters and has highly branched thin twigs. Part of the branches is converted into thorns that keep the red berries of the plant.
The leaves and fruit of hawthorn have been used for years in the treatment programs of folk herbalists mountaineers in the form of tinctures, herbal honey, and tea extracts.
The young hawthorn leaves are a great flavoring for spring salads, giving them a unique flavor and aroma. Hawthorn has been used by healers in Europe since ancient times.
There is preserved written evidence of its implementation in the Roman Empire during the first century BC. Today doctors phytoterapists, like herbalists, use hawthorn for prophylaxis, prevention and concomitant treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
What Should We Know About the Active Ingredients of Hawthorn?
The hawthorn leaves contain different active ingredients: tannins, flavonoids, essential fatty acids, purine derivatives, and triterpene carbon acids.
Its fruits are rich in tannins, flavonoids, pigments, and vitamins.
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Are There Any Side Effects and Contraindications When Taking Hawthorn?
The hawthorn extract is accepted as a safe product that can be taken by healthy people without medical recommendation.
The herb has no side effects, but its intake by people with cardiovascular disease should be controlled by the treating cardiologist because of the unstudied opportunities for interaction between it and the taken medicine.
The safety of the hawthorn intake by pregnant, lactating women, and children has not been well studied.
Typically a dose of 300 mg to 600 mg /three times a day/ of a dry standardized extract of hawthorn with a content of 2% to 3% flavonoids and 18% to 20% procyanidins.
The scientific studies have concluded that for the onset of the full effect of the herb, a therapy lasting up to six months is needed.
In Which Sports and Health Supplements Can Find Hawthorn Extract?
You can find an extract of hawthorn as the main active ingredient on the label of health preventive supplements that strengthen the cardiovascular and blood health.
As an excipient, you can find hawthorn in multivitamin and complex herbal formulas for people of middle and old age.
In the specialized sports supplements, hawthorn is of limited use, and that is why it is in minimal doses.
You can see it on the label of fat burners, nitrogen boosters, often with little clarification as "a cardiovascular protector."
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