Hawthorn - Research Proven for the Heart
Thursday, July 7th 2005
Hawthorn's popularity as a heart medicine appears to have caught on, making it one of the most popular of all botanical cardiovascular remedies from 1894 onward.
Proven through research
The majority of recent clinical studies have been conducted using Nature's Way HeartCare prepared from the Hawthorn leaves and flowers.
Over 80 scientific and clinical studies during the last 50 years support the effectiveness of the unique Hawthorn extract used in Nature's Way HeartCare. This unique extract is widely prescribed by European physicians for coronary conditions. It has proven to be a safe and effective remedy for maintaining overall cardiovascular wellness.
Hawthorn provides a unique balancing effect for the heart and circulation. A European official monograph states various clinical studies reveal increased cardiac performance and out-put, a decrease in peripheral vascular resistance, a decrease in pulmonary arterial and capillary pressures and reductions in blood pressure at rest and during exercise.
While most Hawthorn extracts are taken from the plant's berries, the unique standardized extract used in HeartCare is extracted from the more flavonoid rich leaves and flowers. Extracting from this different plant parts provides up to 10 times more of the key active bioflavonoids necessary for efficacy.
What does Hawthorn do?
Considerable research has been conducted which suggests the primary activity of Hawthorn is to increase coronary blood flow. This may be due to a relaxation of coronary arteries, which directly increases blood flow, or through an increase in contraction and relaxation velocities, which increases the diastolic interval and thus allows more time for blood passage through the heart arteries.
Hawthorn is safe for long-term use and combines beneficially with other heart and circulation nutrients.
Research studies show effectiveness
In one study of 38 patients with early stage congestive heart failure, exercise tolerance and endurance improved for those taking the Hawthorn extract v's placebo. Shortness of breath and post exercise fatigue also lessened for the patients on Hawthorn.
Sixty angina patients were given either Hawthorn or placebo; those given the Hawthorn extract were able to exercise for longer without having angina pain. Upon testing, Hawthorn subjects were found to have improved blood and oxygen flow to the heart.
How does the Hawthorn extract in HeartCare work?
This unique extract has five primary cardiovascular benefits in addition to its powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties.
· Increases heart muscle output and workout tolerance
· Improves blood and nutrient flow to the heart muscle
· Increases cardiovascular efficiency
· Improves circulation
· Improves oxygen and energy utilization by the heart muscle
Put simply, Hawthorn and its active flavonoid compounds make the heart a more efficient pump. That means the heart function is stronger and healthier as well as providing better blood flow throughout the body.
Only Nature's Way HeartCare Hawthorn extract is supported by these studies.
Nature's Way HeartCare - Hawthorn that is proven effective. Available in 50 tablets or ask for the 120 tablet size value pack for extra savings.
Reproduced unabridged from the April - June 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for Cardiovascular Health :
Fish Oil 1500mg - Odourless
Heart Health Pack
Hi Strength Liquid Fish Oil
Hi-Strength Coenzyme Q10 150mg
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