Aronia Melanocarpa, also known as chokeberry, originates from North America. It is the berry that is becoming increasingly popular around the globe. This fruit was named Siberian Aronia because it tolerates cold winter and frost down to -45° C.
Aronia is very medicinal herb and the North American Indians used it in feeding as an addition to bread. More importantly, fresh fruits are most often used as a cure for stomach and Aronia tea for healing wounds.
Let's see what says the science of the modern era.
First of all, epidemiological data suggest that a high intake of fruits and vegetables can have a beneficial effect on reducing the risk of degenerative diseases. Thanks to the antioxidants. also slows down the aging process. Among the usual fruits and vegetables, dark blue or red color berries have the largest antioxidant capacity. In recent years, the interest grew for fruits and vegetables that contain high concentrations of polyphenols, because of their beneficial health effects, partly linked to their antioxidant capacity. Among the polyphenols, particularly interesting are the anthocyanins, flavonols and proanthocyanidins. Anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins are among the main groups of compounds in berries and in both groups of compounds have shown antioxidant effects. This is very interesting information for nutritionists and doctors because of its potential protective effect against various diseases.
Now, it is important to say that Aronia, or chokeberry, has a significantly higher content of anthocyanins and higher antioxidant activity than cranberry, blueberry and currant.
Health Benefits of Aronia:
Aronia berries contain a very complex variety of chemical compounds. On average, it can have up to 20 of polyphenols per 1 kg and anthocyanins from 4.0 to 8.5 grams per 1 kg. Then, Aronia contains vitamins (C, E, A, B2, B6, B9, P), minerals (potassium, calcium, molybdenum, manganese, iron, iodine, phosphorus), and very rare fruit sugar sorbitol.
Scientific tests have shown a number of biological effects of Aronia such as prevention of cardiovascular disease, normalization of blood pressure and improve circulation, normalization of glucose and triglyceride levels in the blood, the positive effects on the work of the liver, gall bladder and more.
It is also important to say that aronia regulates proper operation and excretion of thyroid hormones, as well as to regulate the work of the pancreas, and may be useful in the treatment of diabetes (type II diabetes mellitus).
Then, Aronia promotes wound healing, prevents wrinkles, slows the aging of the body and skin and protects against UV radiation, reduces the level of toxins in the body and has an anticancer effect.
Successfully protects against viral and bacterial infections.
Finally, Aronia can be consumed in fresh form but it often used in dried form or as a juice. Aronia juice is especially recommended for patients with cardiovascular disease that is characterized by elevated arterial pressure.
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