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Date: July 05, 2006 03:27 PM
Subject: Hawthorn harnesses hypertension

According to research published in the British Journal of General Practice (2006, vol.56: 437-443), an extract from hawthorn was able to lower diastolic blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes, including those using prescription blood pressure medication. For the study, 79 participants were randomly assigned to take either 1,200 milligrams per day of hawthorn (Craetegus laevigata) extract standardized to contain 2.2 percent flavonoids or placebo. The researchers took blood pressure and other measurements at the beginning of the study, at eight weeks, and at sixteen weeks. When compared to those in the placebo group, participants in the hawthorn group had significant reduction in blood pressure (2.6mm Hg). The researchers claim that this is the first study to demonstrate the hawthorn extract helped produce diastolic blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes taking prescription medication.

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