Hawthorn Extract Associated With Heart-Healthy
Hawthorn extract is a popular herbal medicine in Europe and the USA. It is made from dried leaves, flowers and fruits of hawthorn bushes. Taking hawthorn extract can help control symptoms of chronic heart disease such as low abilities to work and walk, and also improve a range of heart-related measurements. Experiments show that the extract is capable of enabling the heart to beat more powerfully and increasing the amount of blood that flows through the heart's muscles. Trials involved a total of 855 patients and the data indicated that hawthorn extract improved maximal workload, increased exercise tolerance, reduced oxygen consumption by the heart, and reduced shortness of breath and fatigue. "There is good evidence that, when used alongside conventional therapy, hawthorn extract can bring additional benefits" says the lead researcher.