Health benefits of the Aronia berry (Chokeberry)
The chokeberry is one of its own kind of berry packed with essential phytonutrients (a substance found in certain plants which is believed to be beneficial to human health and help prevent various diseases) , vitamins, and antioxidants (a substance that inhibits oxidation, especially one used to counteract the deterioration of stored food products. a substance such as vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism).
These tiny, wild, sub-arctic berries have recently grabbed the attention of fitness lovers and food scientists alike for their promising nutritive values
Aronia berries are native to eastern North America and most commonly found in wet woods and swamps. Aronia is also known as chokeberry, due to its astringent flavor. The berries come naturally in three colors – red, purple and black-purple. Aronia melanocarpa, the black-purple species, has a much deeper purple color than blueberries, which are also North American natives.
They have been found to be one of the richest sources of flavonoid anthocyanin antioxidants among the bush berries. They also contain favorable levels of minerals and vitamins. The peel is also a good source of fiber
- A very interesting fact: The oxygen radical absorbency capacity or ORAC (measurement of the antioxidant strength of food items) demonstrates chokeberry with one of the highest values recorded among berries-16,062 micromoles of Trolox Equivalents (TE) per 100 g
Black chokeberries consist of significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals called anthocyanins (Anthocyanins are water-soluble vacuolar pigments that, depending on their pH, may appear red, purple, or blue). Aronia berries anthocyanin content is about 1480 mg per 100 g of fresh berries!
Scientific studies have found that consumption of berries on a regular basis offers numerous potential health benefits against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections!
Some of the cancer research on anthocyanins in black chokeberry preparations was first used to inhibit chemically induced cancer in the rat esophagus and was found to reduce the disease severity by 30-60% and that of the colon cancer by up to 80%.
- They are also rich in flavonoid antioxidants such as carotenes, lutein, and zea-xanthins. Zea-xanthin has photo-filtering effects on UV rays and thus protects eyes from the age-related macular disease in the elderly (ARMD).
Serving size – 1 = aprox ½ cup
Calories 47 Sodium 1mg
Total Fat 1g Potassium 162 mg
Saturated 0g Total Carbs 10g
Polyunsaturated 0g Dietary Fiber 5g
Monounsaturated 0g Sugars 0g
Trans 0g Protein 1g
Vitamin A 7% Calcium 3%
Vitamin C 35% Iron 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
****************Chokeberry contains oxalic acid, a naturally-occurring substance found in some fruits and vegetables, which may crystallize as oxalate stones in the urinary tract in some people. This means people with a history of oxalate kidney stones may not want to eat too many of these berries. It is important to drink plenty of water, to help flush your kidneys!
***********Oxalic acid can also interfere with the absorption of minerals like calcium and magnesium.