Hawthorn berries have been used since the 19th century to support the heart and normalize cardiovascular functions. Today, hawthorn berries are one of the most popular herbs used in Europe. Hawthorn berries appear to work best when taken as a preventative herb, possibly helping reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
With its high content of bioflavonoids, hawthorn berries best support the heart. The bioflavonoid substances help dilate and strengthen the walls of blood vessels, relax arteries, and improve circulation of blood to heart muscles.
Hawthorn berries help normalize the heart, either by stimulating or depressing its activity. For this reason, hawthorn berries are used to lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as increase low blood pressure.
When used to support weight loss programs, hawthorn berries reduce water retention expelling excess salt from the body. Hawthorn berries have also been known to reduce nervous tension, alleviate insomnia and aid digestion.