Hawthorn increases the ability of the heart muscle to contract, making the heart a more efficient pump. It increases coronary blood flow and reduces peripheral vascular resistance, helping the blood to circulate to the extremities. Hawthorn's flavonoids, particuarly the procyanidines, help to quench free radicals.
Hawthorn also influences the angiotensin-converting enzyme, an enzyme that regulates blood pressure by balancing the amount of fluid in the vessels.Other antioxidants in hawthorn, called proanthocyanidins, decrease spasms in the blood vessels and reduce the build up of plaque in the arteries.
Finally hawthorn improves heart functioning without altering the amount of blood going through the heart. This makes hawthorn a good choice for the treatment of mild heart failure.
Take 3 capsules three times daily, preferably with food. Best results obtained with continuous use. If pregnant, nursing or taking any medications, consult a healthcare professional before use.
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