What is Hawthorn?
Hawthorn, a thorny tree or shrub with red berries, can grow up to thirty feet tall and is a member of the rose family. 1
There are several species of this plant. One species — Crataegus oxyacantha — has been used as a heart tonic since the first century A.D., according to Alternative Medicine Review. 2
Crataegus oxyacantha is also known as Crataegus laevigata and is found in several European countries.3
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Medicinal Uses of Hawthorn
One analysis of research studies on hawthorn found that the plant had the potential to be used as a remedy for cardiovascular disease.4
In one study, scientists analyzed a hawthorn extract and determined that it could improve heart function. 5 They were able to confirm that this extract had antioxidant capabilities and could reduce the presence of free radicals — molecules that can damage cells.
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