Aronia (Chokeberry) are one of the healthiest fruit (berries) in the world.
The majority of the beneficial properties of this fruit(berry) are due to its high concentration of polyphenolic compounds (flavonoids, anthocyanin and tannins). Aronia help to disinfect blood and remove toxic substances from the body, promote the healing of wounds, reduce inflammation, improve the elasticity of blood vessels and prevent heart attack.
The content of flavonoids, natural antioxidants, Vitamin D are among the highest of all fruits.Additionally, Aronia are a source of pro-vitamin A (beta carotene) and vitamin B2, B6, B9, C, E, K.
It also contains radium, molybdenum, boron and iodine which are rarely encountered in plants. It has pectin in very high concentrations which helps absorb and protect organisms from free radicals and radioactive substances.
For this reason in Eastern Europe and in Russia Aronia berries are granted to workers in nuclear plants and cosmonauts before and after their space missions.
The fresh fruit has the highest antioxidant activity of all fruits measured by ORAC.
ORAC VALUES (www.oracvalues.com)
Aronia 16,062 μ mol TE/100 gr
Blueberry(wild) 9,621 μ mol TE/100 gr
Cranberry 9,090 μ mol TE/100 gr
Peach 6,257 μ mol TE/100 gr
Apple 5,500 μ mol TE/100 gr
Raspberry (red) 5,065 μ mol TE/100 gr
Blueberry 4,800 μ mol TE/100 gr
Strawberry 4,302 μ mol TE/100 gr
Cherry 3,747 μ mol TE/100 gr
Pomegranate 2,860 μ mol TE/100 gr
Goji 2,970 μ mol TE/100 gr
Grapes 2,389 μ mol TE/100 gr
Avocado 1,922 μ mol TE/100 gr
Apricot 1,110 μ mol TE/100 gr
Banana 792 μ mol TE/100 gr
Orange 726 μ mol TE/100 gr
Pear 704 μ mol TE/100 gr
Melon 319 μ mol TE/100 gr
Watermelon 142 μ mol TE/100 gr
Aronia 1,480 mg/100 gr
Blueberry 558 mg/100gr
Red raspberry 365 mg/100gr
Cherry 350-400 mg/100gr
Acai berry 320 mg/100gr
The juice is highly recommended for patients with cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.
Clinical test have shown that the consumption of aronia juice 50ml 3 times a day for 2 months normalizes blood pressure and regulates glucose levels and triglyceride levels resulting better function of the liver and gall bladder. (Kowalczyk et al. (2003) Kuźniakt et al. (2009))
Other observed positive effects of Aronia are seen in hemostasis as it helps in blood clotting and subsequent clot formation. (Sikora et al.2010).
Antioxidants are a key component in the prevention of cancer (colon and breast) and potential reduction of tumors. Aronia provides a strong physical protection, and ease the intense pain (Kedziersk et al., 2010)
The anthocyanins of this plant have significant protective effect on stomach disorders such as ulcers and gastritis. (Matsumoto et al. 2004)
The flavonoids of aronia have a positive effect with patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. (Broncel et al. 2010)
Important information emerged about the extract of Aronia and its action against oxidative stress. Research found a positive effect in inhibiting oxidative stresses which cause various diseases such as obesity, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s etc. (www.healthmad.com and Harold Stewart, 2012).
Effective actions of the plant towards hospital pancreatitis identified in studies carried out by Jankowski et al. (2000)
The consumption of juice without added sugar prevents and strengthens the treatment of diabetes (diabetes type II) (Simeonov et al, 2002).
It can also improve your cholesterol and lipid levels, helping the body produce HDL (good) cholesterol. (Morosanu et al.2011).
Aronia contain a large amount of carotene which protects cells from damage and eyes from cataract formation.
It is also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which filters the sun's radiation and thus protects the eyes from diseases related to the macula in the elderly (ARMD) and eye inflammation (uveitis).
Because of the higher content of quinic acid has been shown to prevent urinary tract bacterial infections from strains of E.coli (bacterium Escherichia coli).
It can also increase the body's vitality by stimulating the regeneration of muscle tissue after strenuous physical exercise.
It is beneficial for pregnant women, children, diabetics, athletes and patients undergoing complex treatments. It promotes wound healing and has cosmetic benefits such as preventing wrinkles and slowing the aging body and skin when consumed and/or used as a cream.
Due to its high iodine content, it has significant antiseptic properties help fight flu.