It regulates blood pressure by causing vasodilatation of arterioles and capillaries. It reduces the risk of atherosclerosis, prevents from platelet aggregation and regulates cholesterol and triglyceride blood levels. Moreover, it strengthens the immune system and acts as a natural antibacterial thanks to its content in Allicin, a substance able to inhibit the proliferation of various bacteria.
It is widely used in the treatment of various types of cardiovascular disorders thanks to its content in proanthocyanidins that have anti-hypertensive properties and can regulate blood pressure. The flavonoids contained in hawthorn, on the other hand, are able to exercise an antioxidant action and inhibit platelet aggregation.
The presence of flavonoids, lignans and amines gives to the plant antioxidant properties and the ability to reduce and stabilize blood pressure and to stimulate diuresis.
Flavonoids and phenols (including oleuropein) contained in the leaves of this plant confer antioxidant, antiarrhythmic and hypotensive properties. Being rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, olive tree leaves reduce the values of bad cholesterol (LDL) and improve those of good cholesterol (HDL).