Cardiac Benefits of Hawthorn Extract: A Modern Take on Traditional Medicine

Hawthorn extract has been a cornerstone in herbal medicine, with a reputation for supporting heart health. Recent scientific research provides a deeper understanding of its benefits, making Hawthorn a promising supplement for cardiovascular wellness.

A study by Zhang et al. (2023) in Food & Function explores the vascular protective effects of Hawthorn, particularly its role in cardiovascular diseases. The research delves into molecular mechanisms, suggesting Hawthorn’s potential in enhancing vascular health (Zhang, Pan, Shi, Zhang, & Li, 2023). Another significant study by Rababa’h et al. (2020) examines Hawthorn flower and leaf extract’s impact on cardiac hemostasis and oxidative parameters in rats. This research offers insights into Hawthorn’s potential therapeutic benefits for heart conditions (Rababa’h et al., 2020).

Sun et al. (2022) conducted a lipidomic analysis on liver tissue from hypertensive rats treated with Hawthorn fruit extracts. Their findings highlight the cardioprotective action of Hawthorn, emphasizing its role in managing hypertension-related cardiac issues (Sun et al., 2022). Additionally, Diane et al. (2016) demonstrate the hypolipidemic and cardioprotective benefits of a novel Hawthorn fruit extract in a rodent model, pointing to its potential in treating dyslipidemia and cardiac dysfunction (Diane et al., 2016).

Hawthorn extract emerges as a valuable herbal intervention for various cardiac conditions. Its multifaceted role in promoting heart health, from vascular protection to managing hypertension and dyslipidemia, makes it an intriguing subject for further research and clinical application.


Diane, A., Borthwick, F., Wu, S., Lee, J., Brown, P. N., Dickinson, T. A., … & Proctor, S. D. (2016). Hypolipidemic and cardioprotective benefits of a novel fireberry hawthorn fruit extract in the JCR:LA-cp rodent model of dyslipidemia and cardiac dysfunction. Food & Function, 7(9), 3943-3952.

Rababa’h, A. M., Al Yacoub, O. N., El-Elimat, T., Rabab’ah, M., Altarabsheh, S. E., Deo, S. V., … & Alzoubi, K. H. (2020). The effect of hawthorn flower and leaf extract (Crataegus Spp.) on cardiac hemostasis and oxidative parameters in Sprague Dawley rats. Heliyon, 6(8), e04617.

Sun, L., Chi, B., Xia, M., Ma, Z., Zhang, H., Jiang, H., … & Tian, Z. (2022). LC–MS-based lipidomic analysis of liver tissue sample from spontaneously hypertensive rats treated with extract hawthorn fruits. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 13.

Zhang, L., Pan, J., Shi, H., Zhang, M., & Li, C.-J. (2023). Advances in the study of the vascular protective effects and molecular mechanisms of hawthorn (Crataegus anamesa Sarg.) extracts in cardiovascular diseases. Food & Function.

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