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The THORNS are the giveaway. There are over 100 very different varieties. Flowers are usually white, 5 petals, with toothy-edged leaves. Berries ripen in fall. No poisonous lookalikes. You can eat the berries straight off the tree, but don’t eat the seeds. Hawthorn is for the HEART. Antioxidant and bioflavonoid rich, good for cardiovascular system, gentle but powerful, contains numerous phytochemicals that make heart more efficient pump, increasing output of blood from the heart, and decreasing resistance from blood vessels, therefore making it great for both high and low blood pressure, angina, cardiovascular circulation. Hawthorn berry binds to, coats and protects your heart cells. Reduces cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and tachycardia (racing heartbeat). Hawthorn is also good for memory, diarrhea, dysentery, boosts appetite, used for stress, anxiety, nervous palpitations, insomnia, kidney stones, night sweats, menopause. Recognizable by its inch-long thorns all over the branches- sometimes up to 4 inches long! (10cm). Berries start green and end up like bright red rose hips, even tart tasting like rose hips. High in vitamin C, iron and lots of wonderful nutrients. Do not think though, that simply taking hawthorn is going to heal your heart. You need to stop doing the things that caused the problem in the first place. Read the book “Heal Yourself 101” for learning true health.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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"Some pharmacological properties of oligomeric procyanidin isolated from hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha)." Arzneimittlforschung Drug Res, 1967; 17:490-1.
The yogurt samples with extracts of hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and sage (Salvia officinalis L.) were also rich in polyphenols, and the obtained results show values of 5.12 mg GAE/g and 4.17 mg GAE/g.
Variability of three regional sources of germplasm of tejocote (Crataegus spp.) from central and southern Mexico.
Cells were detached from plates, washed with ice-cold PBS, and resuspended in culture medium containing a selected concentration of Rhodiolae Kirliowii Radix et Rhizoma or Crataegus pinnatifida Fructus extract and Alexa Fluor 488-labeled BKPyV or Alexa Fluor 488-labeled JCPyV.
By the results of many pharmacologic studies performed with extracts and isolated constituents of Crataegus species, flavonoids and proantocyanidins were found to be responsible for the cardiovascular protective activity of the plant.
On the other hand, the total phenolic content in the extract was 168.6 [+ or -] 0.9 mg gallic acid equivalent/g dry fruit, which is higher than the value reported for callus tissue of Crataegus monogyna (58.9 mg gallic acid equivalent/g dry fruit) by Bahorun et al.
Biologia y danos de Conotrachelus crataegi (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) en tejocote (Crataegus spp.) en Mexico.
After a one week of adaptation period, the rats were randomly divided into four groups (n=6) and were classified as Control group (LFD):rats were fed with standard laboratory chow for 15 weeks; HFD group: rats were fed HFD for 15 weeks to induce NAFLD; HFD + aronia group: rats were fed HFD for 11 weeks and then received Crataegus aronia (200 mg/kg body weight/day) during the last 4weeks; HFD + simvastatin: rats were fed with HFD for 11 weeks and then received simvastatin (4 mg/kg of body weight/day) during the last 4 weeks of the experiment (Al Humayed 2016).
Conclusion: Our findings show that the hydroalcoholic extract of Crataegus azarolus subspecies aronia fruit has antihypertensive effects, which may be partly due to antioxidant and nitric oxide releasing effects.
Klaus, "Crataegus extract blocks potassium currents in guinea pig ventricular cardiac myocytes," Planta Medica, vol.
Garlic (Allium sativum), Guggul (Commiphora wightii), Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) and Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna).