Hawthorn is especially popular in Europe, where it is used in a number of herbal tinctures, herbal combinations and teas. The berries’ effects on the circulatory system have been researched in Europe.
Certain chemical constituents in the berries seem to enhance enzyme metabolism and oxygen utilization in the heart muscle. The berries should be taken over a period of time for their full nutritional benefits to be realized.
Hawthorn berries contain vitamins C and B complex, crataegin, carotene, and flavonoids.
Nature’s Sunshine offers the nutritional support of hawthorn berries in both capsule and liquid extract form since extracts are rapidly assimilated by the body and can be mixed in liquid or taken directly under the tongue.
A recent study (downloadable pdf) found that hawthorn may help in the treatment of chronic heart failure. In this condition, the heart is no longer able to pump adequate blood throughout the body. Researchers concluded, based on the literature review, that hawthorn extract showed “significant benefit” for patients with chronic heart failure, and it appeared to be safe. Hawthorn is a key ingredient in Nature’s Sunshine’s Cardio Assurance.
A natural and pure extract composed of the finest hawthorn berries (Crataegus oxyacanthoides) in vegetable glycerin. Naturally flavored with blackberry.
Take approximately 15-20 drops (1 ml) in water with a meal twice daily.
One ml of extract is equal to two capsules of hawthorn berries.