Hawthorn is considered specifically nourishing to the cardiovascular system. Rich bioflavonoids are present in hawthorn and may help offset the lack of bioflavonoids in typical American foods. These bioflavonoids promote connective and cardiovascular tissue integrity. Hawthorn flowers and leaves possess similar properties and chemistry to the Hawthorn berry. While berries are higher in certain constituents, such as the potent antioxidants known as olioproanthocyanidins (OPC), the flower and leaf are higher in others, such as vitexin, quercitin, and hyperoside. Along with being used as a cardiac tonic, reported uses also include a digestive tonic.
Dr. Denard, N.D., CPT
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