Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hawthorn North Fife

Hawthorn North Fife, Hawthorn grows in many parts of the world, is edible and indeed is a very beneficial health support. Hawthorn contains many substances that may benefit the heart. However, it appears that two substances in particular -- flavonoids and oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs) -- are most likely to contribute to hawthorn's beneficial effects on the heart. Flavonoids may help dilate blood vessels, improve blood flow, and protect the blood vessels from damage. Both flavonoids and OPCs have antioxidant effects.

The berries, leaves, and flowers of the hawthorn plant are used for medicinal purposes. The leaves and flowers are believed to contain more of the active compounds than the berries. I can personally vouch for these properties having had a heart condition for many years and now take Hawthorn daily as a tincture and stopping the intake of pharmaceutical drugs as prescribed which hospitalised me due to the side effects. Fear not, it really works.

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