Chinese Hawthorn extract (fruit)

Chinese Hawthorn extract is obtained from the dried fruit of the Chinese Hawthorn small tree, Crataegus pinnatifida. There are a number of Hawthorn species that are native to areas in North America, Europe and East Asia 1. The Hawthorn fruit, called shan zha in Chinese, has been valued by Chinese cultures for thousands of years. It is also made into jams and jellies or brewed into herbal tea. Chinese Hawthorn fruit is a source of fiber, iron, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin A 2. The fruit also contains flavonoids, such as procyanidins, that demonstrate antioxidant activity 3.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Leung A, Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics. New York, NY: John Wiley, 1996.