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3 Unheard Of Benefits Of The Hawthorn Berry Tree

By Jayton Miller

Could this little known Chinese berry be the key to support your health and help you become the healthiest version of yourself? Studied for its potential lipid lowering effects this strange Chinese berry has been shown to be as effective as some pharmaceuticals…

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What Is Hawthorn Berry?:

What Is Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn berries are tiny fruits that grow on trees and shrubs belonging to the Crataegus genus. These nutrient-rich little red jewels have a tart, tangy taste as well mild sweetness when properly ripened which makes them perfect for anyone looking into alternative therapies or simply wanting some healthy snacks! 

People around the world use this fruit's healing properties including traditional chinese medicine where it has been used since 659 AD.

How Does Hawthorn Berry Work?:

How Does Hawthorn Berry Work

Hawthorn berry works, as we currently understand, by limiting the amount of lipids that are taken up through digestion. By limiting the amount of lipids that are absorbed through the intestine many doctors believe that by prescribing this supplement to patients there could be a secondary benefit of lowering the serum lipid levels. (If you want to find out why this method is not effective and why the fat in your diet is hardly related to serum lipids click here)

Benefits of Hawthorn Berry:

Benefits Of Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn berries could have many potential benefits. Some of the most significant benefits of hawthorn berry include:

Hawthorn Berry Could Help Support Heart Health

The hawthorn berry has long been treasured for its antioxidant content, but recent research indicates that the berries could support heart health too. There have been several different studies that have shown that hawthorn berry has the potential to effectively support heart failure

These studies have also shown to help reduce hypertension in animals by helping to induce vasodilation (the expansion of the blood vessels).

Hawthorn Berry Could Help Support Sports Performance

The hawthorn berry has long been treasured for its antioxidant content, but recent research indicates that the berries could support sports performance too. 

A recent study published in the  Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition  indicates that hawthorn berries may help support cardiovascular health and sports performance.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, who gave 24 healthy participants aged between 18-25 either a placebo or a 600 mg extract from the dried fruit of the hawthorn plant.

The extract was standardized to provide a minimum of 2% vitexin and isoquercitin, two compounds that have been shown in previous studies to improve circulation and blood pressure.

Participants took the extract twice a day for three weeks before completing a maximal treadmill test to exhaustion, with blood samples taken at regular intervals before and after.

The results indicated that the hawthorn berry extract significantly increased exercise time to exhaustion by about 14% compared with placebo, while also maintaining healthy increases in nitric oxide production.

Hawthorn Berry Could Help Support Inflammation Challenges

Hawthorn berry is loaded with antioxidants that can help fight the oxidative stress inside of the body. 

Studies have shown that the phenolic compounds in the skin have  potential for inflammatory conditions of the liver. On top of this there have been studies showing the potential benefits of the antioxidant components of this plant helping with respiratory inflammation (which also gives it the allergy relief benefits it is known for as well). 

Read More: 14 Hacks To Eliminate Inflammation Naturally

Considerations When Supplementing With Hawthorn Berry:

Considerations When Supplementing Hawthorn Berry

If you are on any medication it is necessary to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements. Hawthorn berry has been known to interact with a few different medications, so checking with your doctor is crucial. 

If you would like to see these benefits while not supplementing with potent extracts that could interfere with your medications then try implementing more of these berries or parts of the hawthorn berry tree into your diet. 

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Foods That Contain Hawthorn Berry:

Foods That Contain Hawthorn Berry

The hawthorn berry tree is a versatile plant that has many different parts that can be used for different methods of ingestion including:

  • Berries
  • Teas
  • Jams
  • Wines
  • Vinegar

Make sure the berries are thoroughly ripened if you decide to use them in the aforementioned forms as they can be very tart if not thoroughly ripened. 

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Conclusion:

Hawthorn berry is a powerful plant that helps support heart health, supports sports performance and can help reduce inflammation. If you’re interested in learning more about supplements and nutrition make sure to check out the other articles that we have on the UMZU Blog!