Hawthorn is an herbal remedy that has been traditionally used for its cardiovascular benefits. It contains compounds such as flavonoids and oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) that have been shown to have blood vessel-relaxing effects.
When blood vessels are relaxed, blood can flow more easily throughout the body, which can reduce feelings of tension and promote a sense of calmness. This can be particularly beneficial for people and dogs who experience anxiety, as feelings of tension and constriction in the body are common symptoms of this condition.
In addition to its blood vessel-relaxing activities, hawthorn has also been found to have other potential benefits for anxiety. For example, some studies suggest that hawthorn may have anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects, possibly due to its ability to increase the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and GABA.
Hawthorn is a key ingredient in the Bestie Anxiety health chew.