Hawthorn contains antioxidants, including oligomeric procyandins (OPCs, also found in grapes) and quercetin. Antioxidants are substances that destroy free radicals, which are compounds in the body that damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death.
Both animal and human studies suggest hawthorn
- increases coronary artery blood flow
- improves circulation
- lowers blood pressure
- strengthen blood vessels
- support vascular insufficiency
- reduce blood clots
- restore the heart muscle wall
- lower cholesterol
- aid digestion.
It has also been used on the skin to treat boils and skin sores. It is used to promote the health of the circulatory system, treat angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia and has been found to strengthen the heart.
A safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease and has been used for a number of ailments including angina, myocarditis, arteriosclerosis, nervous conditions like insomnia, and diarrhoea.