Hawthorn berries (Crataegus monogyna) are an herb I use frequently in my cardiology practice, as do many other smart doctors and holistic health practitioners.
A member of the rose family, hawthorn is a small, thorny shrub with colorful flowers and red fruits resembling miniature cherries. Hawthorn berries, leaves and flowers contain a number of biologically active substances, including oligomeric proanthocyanidins, flavonoids and catechins. Hawthorn berries have acquired a reputation (especially in Europe) as a remedy for a number of cardiovascular problems.
Studies have indicated that hawthorn berries exhibit vasodilatory reaction, which means the herb helps you avoid blood circulation problems and increases blood flow to the heart.
Hawthorn berries can be taken as a tea, tincture, or in capsule or tablet form, all of which are available in health-food stores. The brand of hawthorn berries I use and recommend is Eclectic Institute’s hawthorn berry capsules. I like their products because they’re organic and preserved using a freeze-drying process.
If you can’t find them in your local health food store, you can order directly from Eclectic Institute. I recommend taking a 500 mg capsule or tablet two to three times a day.