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Hawthorn Berry for Your Heart

berries for the heart

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  • Hawthorn berry “haws” have been used to make wine and jelly and to flavor brandy for years, but not many people are aware of the impressive ways this plant has been used as a remedy for heart problems and more
  • Every part of the hawthorn berry, including the flowers, berries, leaves, stems and even the bark, was used to make medicines in ancient Greece and Asia
  • Hawthorn may work as well as heart medications to improve symptoms, including those due to related problems such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and arrhythmia
  • Herbalists identify bioflavonoids, proanthocyanidins and other antioxidants as the active ingredients that make hawthorn so effective

By Dr. Mercola

A dense bush bearing tiny red berries, hawthorn bushes are common in wooded areas and fence rows across the U.S. and throughout the world. Many parts of the hawthorn (with the botanical name Crataegus), including its berries and flowers, have been used by traditional healers for centuries.


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