When spring rolled around, we made it a point to talk to you about the benefits of hawthorn berry as plants were starting to really grow and blossom. A few weeks ago, we touched on the side effects of hawthorn berry supplementation that you needed to be aware of. Today, we’re going to talk about exactly what hawthorn berry is, where it grows, how it’s cultivated, and what it’s used in. As you’ve probably gathered, the good folks at Vaxxen have been able to infuse a product with hawthorn berry in an effort to further benefit our customers. PILLAR contains hawthorn berry and leaf extract to help support organs that could be adversely affected from side effects of strong supplements.
Crataegus is Hawthorn
The scientific plantae name for hawthorn is crataegus. Around parts of the world, there are four distinct types of species, all of which provide similar berries and similar benefits are found in the extract of said berries. Depending on where you are in the world, you may hear the plant referred to as hawthorn, thornapple, hawberry, or even white thorn.
Native to Europe, some form of crataegus can now be found in North America and Western Asia as well. Considered extremely hardy, the plant can often take over full valleys if not interfered with. It’s not rare to find birds and other wildlife feeding off the berries and seeds in the berries. It would appear that the animals are one of the key contributors to the spread of hawthorn around various valleys. After digesting, animals will spread the plant hither and tither through their feces .
Culinary Uses of Hawthorn Berry
Humans aren’t exactly like the aforementioned animals. We’re not a likely cause for hawthorn plants to spread like wildfire, but we have made it a point to consume the berries. The fruits are edible but sort of bitter. In Europe, it’s common to find jelly, jam, and marmalade produced from hawthorn berries. In Asia, it’s equally as common to find dried out hawthorn berries in snack mixes. (Think raisins) In Mexico, the berries are used during celebratory times of the year, most notably Christmas. A large number of pastries are created using the berries for such special occasions. In the United States and Canada, there are a number of Native American tribes that still utilize hawthorn berries in various jellies and jams, similar to the Europeans.
For hundreds of years, Chinese traditional medicines have incorporated the jelly made from hawthorn berries in an effort to improve digestion. Not unlike most fruit, it has a tendency to loosen a bound up digestive tract, influencing bowel movements and preventing constipation. In more modern but herbal medicine, the extract is often used in oral medications meant to treat heart issues and improve cardiovascular function. This makes sense because we already know the antioxidants can help your organs operate more efficiently .
Over the past decade, hawthorn berry and leaf extract has been applied to many on-cycle supplements. You already know about the benefits so you already know why you should be using it too!
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