I do a lot of research on ancient medicinal remedies.
You know… herbs, berries, and other plants that have been used by cultures around the globe for hundreds or even thousands of years to address a variety of health problems.
Some make for good stories, but through the years have been shown to not provide much benefit.
But others… well… even modern-day science has proven them to be the real deal.
Hawthorn is one of those “thousand-year-old” remedies.
In fact, it’s been used since the Biblical Times.
According to Biblical Scholars, the crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head when he was crucified was from the hawthorn tree.
For centuries, the plant has been used to address everything from digestive problems to heart and blood pressure concerns.
Some cultures use the leaves and flowers to create health tonics.
But, in my opinion, the true healing power of hawthorn comes from its berries.
For one, hawthorn berries are loaded with a type of antioxidant called polyphenols.
These “super” antioxidants are known to lower your risk of developing blood sugar concerns, heart problems, and even premature aged skin.
Hawthorn berry is also well-known as a digestive aid.
You see, the berries contain fiber.
But not just any fiber.
The fiber in hawthorn berries acts as a prebiotic.
Prebiotics are like fuel for the probiotics in your gut. They help your good bacteria populate and thrive.
Some preliminary research has found hawthorn berry consumption can speed the “transit time” of food – the time it takes for food to travel through your digestive system.
Speed that up, and you’re less likely to experience digestive complaints, like constipation and indigestion.
But, the #1 reason I love hawthorn berry is because it’s fantastic for your circulation and blood pressure.
Several studies have found taking a hawthorn extract can promote healthy blood pressure levels due to its ability to boost the body’s production of nitric oxide.
If you’ve been with me a while, you know I’m a strong proponent of getting nitric oxide levels up.
Because nitric oxide supports a healthy heart and blood pressure levels, revs up your energy, helps you maintain healthy triglycerides, and boosts your drive as well.
Incorporating hawthorn berry into your diet can be easy, if you know where to look.
You can eat them raw.
The berries have a tart, slightly sweet taste.
Your local supermarket probably doesn’t carry them, but you might find the berries at your local farmer’s market or health food stores.
Tea is another popular way to get hawthorn berry.
If you have hawthorn growing in your garden, you can make your own tea by drying out the berries, flowers and leaves.
Or, you might find a premade hawthorn tea in stores.
But if the taste is just too tart for you to eat or drink, or you can’t find it in any of your local stores, a hawthorn berry as a supplement is a good option.
Now, one way I absolutely do not recommend eating hawthorn berry is in baked goods.
Down here in Florida, I’ve found some hawthorn berry jams, pies and syrup in the stores.
Problem is, those are often loaded with added sugar. And, all that sugar is bound to counteract the benefit of the berries.
For maximum benefit, stick with the “pure” stuff… the raw berries, teas, and supplements.
And if you’d like to see another way to naturally boost your circulation and improve your blood pressure, go here.