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Hawthorn Berry and Weight Loss

In Chinese medical herbalism, which has been practiced for more than 10,000 years continuously in China, Hawthorn Berry is a very popular herb. Hawthorn is the English common name for the botanical species, Crataegus. Crataegus is a member of the rose family, and the trees rarely get taller than 15 feet. Hawthorn trees are common here in western North Carolina, where about 4 species are present. More than 280 varieties of Hawthorn have been cataloged by botanists.

Though the species differ, generally, Hawthorn berries will have similar herbal functions when used medicinally. The Chinese have used the species Crataegus pinnatifida and cuneata for much of their medicinal purposes. The Chinese call Hawthorn berry “Shan Zha.” Shan Zha is categorized as digestive herb, and is used in herbal formulas for weight loss, food stagnation and diabetes, to name a few. The flavonoids, and rich pigments of the berries help with lowering blood lipids and help clear a fatty liver. In accordance with TCM theory, since Shan Sha acts on the liver, spleen and stomach, it also acts on the blood and the heart. Shan Zha is characterized as sweet, sour and slightly warm.

In our synergy 9 herbal formula for weight loss, Dia-Slim, we use the berry of Crataegus laevigata, see in the photo above. The berries of this Hawthorn species have a similar function as those of the Chinese species, while research has also shown a profound benefit on heart health.

Dia-Slim combines the alcohol extracted and water extracted Hawthorn berry for maximal results and effectiveness. Not only does Hawthorn berry help promote weight loss and prevent weight gain, but research shows it lowers cholesterol and protects the heart from atherosclerotic build-up. Also Hawthorn berry is rich in antioxidants and can help oxygenate the blood and reduce inflammation. Because Hawthorn berry is slightly warming, it balances the cooling action of some of the other herbs in Dia-Slim like green tea and bitter melon.

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