Native to Northern Europe, Hawthorn is recognised for its cardio-protective properties. Traditionally, some Native American tribes ate the berries and also used them for their medicinal benefits for heart health, and many species can be found throughout North America. Containing compounds, flavonoids, rutin, choline, vitamin B1, B2 and C, calcium, iron and phosphorus, it has many medicinal and culinary uses.
Hawthorn can be used to treat angina, high blood pressure, artery hardening, high cholesterol, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues, skin conditions, irregular heart beat and congestive heart failure. It contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, assisting in respiratory and circulatory health, boosting the immune system.
WARNING: Avoid usage if pregnant or breastfeeding, and avoid giving to children. Side effects may include nausea, upset stomach, fatigue, sweating, headache, dizziness, palpitations, nosebleed, insomnia and agitation. It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional before usage.
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