Monday, May 17, 2010

Hawthorn Berry vs. Extract?

I am looking at trying Hawthorn as a supplement. As with any natural supplement I am seeing two versions, the extract, and the original.

Can anybody tell me on average how much standardised extract on average is present in a Hawthorn Berry?

Wikipedia is telling me that clinical trials have shown 300mg a day shows know benefits, but trials of 600mg and 900mg a day have shown improvements in participants.

So to supplement the berry into my day, I wanted to know how much berry would be needed on average.

I am trying this, to help improve my poor circulation.

Kindest regards,


Hawthorn Berry vs. Extract?
There's a few reasons you won't be able to get an exact answer.... It'll vary by the recommendations of the company selling the one you have, different companies sell different doses, crop variations can change the amount of an active constituent that's in a whole herb, and your body chemistry will make an impact to how much you need to take to get as much circulation support as you want.

With that being said, the bottle should say the recommended dosage (which works well for most people). Typically, most people prefer the standardized extracts over the berries because they will have the same amount of the active constituent throughout the whole batch.

I wish I could give you better news, but even if some member here said that a standard 565 mg dose of the berries was perfect for them, it might not be enough for you (or vice versa). However, more people tend to get better benefits from the standardized extract, so the odds say that should help you more. Good luck!

[edit]: Sorry, I should have clarified about the 565 mg dose... that's typically recommended 2-3 times a day (which is about 1000-1500 mg daily), but that is the straight berry, not the extract. The extracts are commonly about 250 mg (because they are a higher potency, they don't need as high of a quantity), and a standardized extract would be better so you know you're getting more of the active constituents.

I would imagine the trials done would be 900 mg of the berries if they don't specify extracts of certain potencies. In general, the whole berries would be a good place to start, but some people like to jump right into the extracts.
Reply:You have to look at the extract ratio. Let's say that you want to take 1000 mg of hawthorn every day. If you are taking a 4:1 extract, you only need a product that advertises a 250 mg extract.

Make sense?

By the way, a great place to research products without the biases of marketing spin is

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