Hawthorn is widely used in Europe as an effective treatment for early stages of heart disease. Because of its multiple benefits in a range of different ailments associated with cardiac muscle it is known within the health and fitness industry as a ‘heart tonic’.
- Congestive heart failure – a majority of the research around this supplement has been aimed at people suffering from CHF, clinical research has shown that people who are suffering from the disease showed improvements in heart function, ability to exercise and general well being. This is because of the reduced symptoms that come with CHF such as shortness of breath and fatigue.
- Atherosclerosis – research has shown because of the supplements antioxidant properties that it can protect against the formation of plaque. This plaque build up can cause chest pain such as angina and strokes.
- Chest pain – or angina, there are many sufferers of this and it can be due to lack of blood flow to the heart. Trials 3 weeks in duration seen marked improvements in the group that ingested this supplement with regards to exercise and blood flow.
Common ailments used for
Blood pressure medication cannot be taken alongside a hawthorn supplement because of the possibility of increased blood pressure or low blood pressure (hypotension) if medication subscribed purpose dictates this effect.
Doses for congestive heart failure have seen marked improvements in symptoms associated in the region of 180-1600 mg per day consistently for 4 weeks.