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Mar 11

Lowering Blood Pressure with Hawthorn

Crataegus_laevigataHawthorn, sometimes called haw, mayhaw, or thornapple, has been used as an herbal medicine in Europe and by Native Americans for thousands of years. The botanical name for the species used in Dia-Slim is Crataegus laevigata and we use the berries, instead of the twigs, bark or leaves. The berries are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Hawthorn berries are also high in NO or nitric oxide, which improves vaso-dilation of blood vessels and may improve sexual performance. For instance Viagra works by increasing nitric oxide production to improve blood flow.

One of the reasons we use the hawthorn as an herbal ingredient in Dia-Slim, is that hawthorn has shown exert beneficial effects on the heart and blood pressure. Another reason is that research on hawthorn berry shows that it can lower blood lipids, or clear fat from the blood. This hypolipidemic power of hawthorn berry makes it excellent as a natural remedy for high blood lipids.(2)  We have combined hawthorn with 8 other organic herbs to improve blood pressure, reduce blood lipids naturally and help you break the sugar, salt, fat habit so common in America.

No all people who crave sugar and want to lose weight have heart problems, but hawthorn in Dia-Slim is used to increase the overall antioxidant effect of the herbal formula, while improving the ability of the formula to benefit circulation and prevent high blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure with hawthorn is a rational side effect free choice for those who want to use natural remedies.

A study done in 2006  researched the hypotensive effect of hawthorn. For 16 weeks, 79 patients with type 2 diabetes were randomized to receive 1,200 mg hawthorn extract daily or placebo. There was a statistically significant improvement in diastolic blood pressure in the hawthorn group, indicating that hawthorn does have a hypotensive effect and can benefit blood pressure. (1)

To learn more about Dia-Slim, our 9 herb formula for weight loss and sugar cravings, you can read this short letter I wrote to patients.

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1. Walker AF, Marakis G, Simpson E, et al. Hypotensive effects of hawthorn for patients with diabetes taking prescription drugs: a randomized controlled trial. Br J Gen Pract. June 2006;56(527):437-443.

2. Dalli E, Colomer E, Tormos MC, et al. Crataegus laevigata decreases neutrophil elastase and has hypolipidemic effect: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Phytomedicine. 2011;18:769-775.

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