Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is a well known medicinal plant, commonly used for its heart tonic properties.
When it comes to herbal treatment of the heart ailments, Hawthorn is always at the peak of the herbalists' crop. Scientific
researches have repeatedly verified this heart-friendly herb's reliability and non-toxicity. The cardiac tonic properties of
Hawthorn are attributed to its phenolic and flavonoid contents distributed throughout the plant parts and its by-products.
This paper goes over antioxidant properties and medicinal uses of some Crataegus spp. including C. meyeri and C. pontica
having relatively high antioxidant and antiradical activities. The advantages of using natural remedies over their synthetic
equivalents are discussed, emphasizing on the necessity of thorough investigations on many Crataegus species not
Keywords: Crataegus spp., hawthorn, herbal medicines, natural remedies, fruit seeds, cardiac tonics.
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