Hawthorn has, for hundreds of years, been used throughout Northern Europe and parts of Asia as an effective natural hypertension treatment. Yet, in as little as two generations this effective natural remedy was almost forgotten.
Following several scientific studies, the benefits and safety of hawthorn are now being recognized anew.
Of the many species of the shrub, crataegus orycantholdes is most commonly used to help lower high blood pressure. Hawthorn is a hedgerow shrub related to the rose and is common across Northern Europe and parts of Asia.
How does Hawthorn Lower Blood Pressure?
Hawthorn dilates blood vessels by blocking an enzyme called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). This action improves circulation and lowers blood pressure.
Hawthorn is also a mild diuretic, which lowers blood volume, and this is another way hawthorn functions as a hypertension treatment.
If your blood pressure is in the range of 140/90 to 160/100mmHg, and you are otherwise healthy and free of risk factors, your doctor might suggest that, in addition to improving your diet and taking more exercise, that you take a natural treatment such as hawthorn extract before considering prescribing one or more of the standard high blood pressure treatments.
Hawthorn extract is now widely available and is sometimes combined with other beneficial herbs and botanics such as ginko biloba, passion flower and cramp bark for broader heart and circulation support.
Hawthorn works by inhibiting the angiotensin-converting enzyme and also by reducing blood volume. These characteristics and combined with the lack of side effects make hawthorn an excellent natural treatment for reducing hypertension.
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