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Why Take Hawthorn Berries?
As you age your arteries tend to become increasingly narrower due to the effects of free radical oxidation, which tends to deposit cholesterol onto your internal arterial walls. This can proceed to a point where the arteries are too narrow to provide your brain or your heart with sufficient oxygen, and you either get a stroke or your heart slows down or stops.
Free radicals also attack your skin cells, making them wrinkle and leathery, so you basically age faster. Your internal organs can also suffer through free radical oxidation. You cannot avoid free radicals: they are created by the action of strong sunlight on your skin, which is why those with pale skins in hot countries tend to have skin more wrinkled and leathery than those in more temperate climates. They are created by combustion, so are present in tobacco smoke, which is why smokers are at more risk of heart problems and their skin also tends to age quicker.
They are also present in industrial and traffic emissions, and in pesticides. You cannot avoid them, but you can destroy them. Hawthorn berries are rich in substances known as bioflavonoids that can destroy free radicals as soon as they are formed. By taking a supplement of hawthorn berries, you can avoid these affects of free radicals that make you look old, that can lead to strokes and that can eventually stop your heart and kill you before your time.The Antioxidant Properties of Hawthorn Berries
Hawthorn berries display a powerful antioxidant effect due to their high content of bioflavonoids and oligomeric procyanadins, particular epicatechin. To understand how they help to avoid and treat heart problems you first have to understand what antioxidants can do. Your body's energy metabolism depends to a large extent upon oxygen. Any form of oxygen metabolism, specifically here the cellular respiration that leads to the generation of ATP energy that is essential for all life, generates small oxygenated species as a by-product. Examples are the peroxide O2(2-) radical and the superoxide anion O2(1-).
These have unpaired electrons which is almost much of an anathema to nature as a vacuum! Electrons go around in pairs - one spinning in one direction and the other in the opposite direction, so the spins are paired. They immediately grab another electron from an adjacent molecule to be paired as they should be. If that is from a low density lipid (LDL) molecule, the lipid drops out of the blood and deposits its cholesterol on an artery wall. The arteries gradually get narrower as this proceeds until they are blocked altogether resulting in strokes or heart failure due to a lack of oxygen. Without oxygen, the heart muscle cannot generate energy and hence stops.
The antioxidants contained in hawthorn berries destroy free radicals by giving them free electrons, and so saves the LDL cholesterol from damage. By taking a regular supplement of hawthorn berries, you can help to avoid this condition which is known as atherosclerosis and which can kill you.
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