This berry contains an extremely potent antioxidant called anthocyanin, the highest of any known food at a thundering 2000mg! Not even Acai berry came close at 320mg.
Also known as black chokeberry, this deciduous shrub is native to North America. It was a staple in the Native American diet and was used by early settlers as a dye for clothes. Several parts of this plant are used by the native Indians for healing purposes. Its bark when boiled with some other ingredients can cure diarrhea and fever. To stop bleeding in wounds, the root is chewed and applied directly.
They are usually found wild in swamp and woodland areas, but can also grow in just about any condition especially with partial sunlight. Their flower is white in color and blossoms in the month of May. The fruits ripen in August with lovely colors ranging from dark purple to red, orange and yellow.
Aronia has been commercially grown in Russia since the 1940s and Europe since the 1950s and thus becoming a very popular drink in Russia and Poland. Back then, it never became commercially popular in the United States probably because of its astringent taste. It was only in the 1990s where the first aronia farm was established in the United States and started becoming popular in the health scene.
This berry contains a handsome level of vitamins like vitamin C, A, E, folate and beta-carotene as well as minerals like iron, potassium and manganese.
Aronia berry is indeed a bona fide superfruit. A fruit that has both the beneficial health properties of green tea and red wine and powered by a perfect blend of compound making this berry unique. Some specific agents found in this superfood includes delphinidin, caffeic acids, maldivin, epicatechin and many more hard to remember medical terms. Working together, these specific agents become anti-viral and anti-bacterial and are able to lower blood sugar, improve the natural production of insulin by the body, prevent the formation of arterial plaque and lower cholesterol. It can inhibit HIV, slows down the growth of a fatal brain cancer called glioblastoma and fight the development of tumors of the bladder, ovaries, colon, lungs, breast and skin. This berry can also prevent the body from storing fat in order to maintain proper weight. Not bad for a very tiny fruit.
Even the seeds of aronia are packed with procyanidins and several bioactive components. The leaves are also rich in polyphenolic compounds that protect the cell from free radicals.
The only thing low in this superfruit are the calories and fats it contain, and the best part is that it has no known side effects.
A little tartness is not so bad for all the health benefits you can enjoy from aronia berry, right?
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