Have you ever heard about aronia?
In today’s video, you will learn the benefits of this little fruit that resembles acai berry.
Aronia berries, also called chokeberries, are a superfood filled with beneficial antioxidants. According to studies, chokeberries have many health benefits, such as improving heart health and reducing cancer risk.
Native from North America, chokeberry is a healthy berry filled with many nutrients, including powerful antioxidants. Aronia is known for its astringent flavor and can be found in woodlands and swamps.
Aronia is usually found in three varieties – red, purple, and black. They can be cultivated as foods or ornamental plants.
But, how do you eat chokeberries? They can be added to bread, cakes, and other baked goods or as toppings for ice cream.
Chokeberries are also used in the production of wines, juices, syrups, and teas. Did you know that?
Check out the benefits of this incredible fruit:
Improves cardiovascular health
Aronia helps increase blood flow and strengthens the blood vessels. Studies revealed that chokeberry helps prevent heart attacks in many aspects.
It helps reduce inflammation that can happen in the arteries walls
Aronia also helps lower LDL cholesterol levels which, if in big amounts, can build up in the arteries walls and cause blockages and heart issues.
Contributes to brain health
Thanks to its antioxidants, chokeberry improves memory. A small study suggests chokeberry can help to treat neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias.
Chokeberries are excellent for protecting the eyes. They contain big amounts of carotene, which avoids damage to the eye cells. And thanks to the antioxidants, these berries
protect your eyes against age-related diseases, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
Aronia is a great source of fiber, which contribute to the health of our digestive system. Eating chokeberry helps regulate bowel movements and prevents digestive disorders like constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Chokeberry is also useful for treating stomach issues like diarrhea and gastric ulcers.
Did you know that adding chokeberry to your regular diet is a great way of protecting yourself against the common cold and flu?
Besides having high levels of vitamin C, this berry also has antiviral properties.
Studies confirmed that aronia berries show bacteriostatic activity against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus and antiviral effects against type A cold virus.
Aids in cases of Diabetes
Aronia was also proven beneficial for diabetic people. The active components of this berry help lower blood sugar levels and also act in insulin production. According to a 2002 study, aronia can keep blood sugar levels under control in diabetic people. Diabetic patients were asked to drink 7 ounces of aronia juice, without any added sugar, every day for three months. The results showed a reduction in glucose levels of the patients while fasting.
Promotes urinary tract health
Another great benefit that chokeberry offers is heaving a healthy urinary tract. Urinary tract infection is a common condition that affects millions of people in the world. It is characterized by pain during urination, frequent urination, and bloody urine. Eating aronia stops bacteria from fixating in the urinary tract lining. The bacteria are then carried by the urine, avoiding infections.
So, did you like learning about the benefits of chokeberry?
You can find chokeberries in natural health stores or online. You can use the berries raw or powder to make jams, purées, and homemade syrups. Add them to smoothies or juices with other fruits, like bananas, strawberries, and vegetables.
If you find aronia, try it. Then, come here and share your experience with us.