Supports cardiovascular health
- Supports healthy blood pressure and cholesterol
- Improves exercise performance
- A traditionally used herb backed by clinical research
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Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) is a small thorny tree originally from northwestern Europe. For thousands of years, folk medicine has prescribed hawthorn for a variety of uses, from a sore throat to a troubled heart. Hawthorn is rich in flavonoids and other compounds which are responsible for its benefits to heart health.
The components of hawthorn exert their heart-helping actions in a number of ways. Hawthorn increases the force of heart contractions and blood flow, while reducing the demand for oxygen. It reduces deposits in the arteries, lowers blood pressure, reduces irregular heartbeats, reduces resting pulse rate and lowers cholesterol levels. Clinical trials with hawthorn have confirmed its beneficial effects on the heart, and have found that it can relieve symptoms associated with heart failure. It also increases exercise performance.
AOR’s Hawthorn II is an extract rich in flavonoids that supports cardiovascular health in a research backed dose. Those looking for a single product to support overall cardiovascular health and function should consider hawthorn as a natural alternative.
Hawthorn leaves and flowers are used in herbal medicine to help maintain optimal cardiovascular health in adults.
AOR™ guarantees that all ingredients have been declared on the label. Contains no wheat, gluten, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, sulphites, mustard, soy, eggs, fish or shellfish.
Take one to two capsules per day with or without food or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner. Use for a minimum of two months to see beneficial effects.
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are taking cardiac glycosides such as digitalis/digoxin, or blood pressure medication, or if
symptoms persist or worsen.
- Cardiovascular health
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Tried, Tested, and Effective
Hawthorn doesn’t just contain heart-protective ingredients, it’s also been tested extensively in human subjects. Chemistry is a complicated science and, without actual tests in humans, it can be difficult to discover if a substance that is useful by itself is also useful in a complicated formula, food, or herb. In humans, though, hawthorn’s effects are just as promising as its chemical makeup indicates.
Researchers have discovered several properties of hawthorn of extreme importance to anyone concerned about the health of their heart. First among these is hawthorn’s power to lower cholesterol. The liver is central to cholesterol circulation and hawthorn causes the liver to bind more LDL cholesterol, preventing it from reentering the blood stream, and to synthesize less LDL cholesterol in the first place. It also increases the excretion of cholesterol in the bile, causing lower levels of cholesterol in the blood where it can buildup into blood-flow-blocking deposits. At the same time, hawthorn extract has also been shown to prevent the accumulation of high blood lipids and fatty deposits in the liver and aorta, a key factor in atherosclerosis and a result of high cholesterol diets. Hawthorn is also well tolerated, has no known drug interactions, and has extremely low toxicity. All in all, hawthorn shows great potential for the safe and effective treatment of heart problems.
Over a thousand patients with heart problems (an inefficient heart, usually caused by years of high blood pressure, that leads to a buildup of fluid in the lungs) taking standardized hawthorn extract for six months experienced a healthier blood pressure level and resting pulse rate, an increase in maximum exercise performance, and a decrease in depressed ST segments (an indicator of oxygen starvation) and arrhythmia. The researchers in this study found that hawthorn increased what is called ejection fraction, a measure of how fully the heart chambers are emptying themselves of blood with each beat. It also reduced nocturia (nighttime bathroom trips –a common, distressing symptom associated with CHF because of hypertension-induced kidney damage) and shin edema, also a classic symptom noted in heart patients.
Other controlled trials have also shown that hawthorn has clear therapeutic benefits. One double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of hawthorn in subjects with heart problems found that those receiving hawthorn showed improved exercise tolerance, fewer subjective symptoms, a healthier blood pressure (systolic and diastolic), and heart rate. Another trial comparing hawthorn with the blood-pressure lowering drug Captopril found similar significant improvements in exercise tolerance, reduced shin edema, and a large reduction in fatigue and shortness of breath.