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The Constituents of Hawthorn Berries
The constituents of hawthorn berries can virtually be predicted through their traditional health uses. These berries have been used for centuries to treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions such as problems with circulation, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and even heart failure. These are all conditions associated with a condition known as atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries due to cholesterol deposits on their internal walls. This is caused by free radical oxidation of LDL cholesterol, so any natural cure would be expected to contain natural antioxidants.
In fact, hawthorn berries contain large quantities of a range of antioxidants that come under the general biochemical classification of flavonoids. These are powerful natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that also offer a number of other health benefits. Among the powerful flavonoids contained in hawthorn berries are quercetin, rutin, catechin, kaempferol, luteolin, and cyanadins.
Epicatechin enables your blood vessels to dilate easier by means of nitric acid (NO), and so reduces your blood pressure. Caffeic acid is a powerful anti-inflammatory and also prevents platelet aggregation, so also helping to maintain a healthy blood pressure. Hawthorn berries have been analyzed to contain more than 80 different beneficial phytochemicals, each one offering some benefit to your overall state of health and youthfulness.