A plant called "hawthorn" is used to make medicines that can help recovery take root for people concerned about their heart health.
According to WebMD, the leaves, berries and flowers of hawthorn
are used to produce medicines used to treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
A reviewer on WebMD writes, "I plan on taking Hawthorn berry for the rest of my life." That customer, identified as a woman between the ages of 55 and 64, says her triglyceride level dropped in 90 days from 267 to 143 after she began taking the supplement.
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Hawthorn, also known as mayflower, is a member of the rose family. According to SFGate, Hawthorn
is a spiny bush or small tree, which has strong-smelling white flowers and bright red spherical fruit containing one to three nuts..
Hawthorn is widely regarded in Europe as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease, according to herbwisdom.com
. It has also been indicated for strengthening blood vessels, dealing with vascular insufficiency and blood clots, restoring the heart muscle wall and lowering cholesterol.
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Some acceptance of using hawthorn to treat heart-related conditions has also been gained in the United States. Hawthorn may have a role as an adjunctive therapy in mild heart failure but its place in therapy is less clear in more severe cases of congestive heart failure, according to Drugs.com.
Hawthorn's ability to lower cholesterol is due to its ability to increase the liver's absorption of LDL cholesterol, also known as "bad" cholesterol, reports SFGate.
Side effects of hawthorn may include skin rash, nausea, headache, dizziness and heart palpitations. Consult with your physician before taking Hawthorn to treat a health condition.
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