By Filip Gjorgoski
Aronia (Aronia melanocaroa) is a berry produce from a shrub that grows up to 2 meters in height. The superfruit is small, dark blue berries, gathered in clusters of 10-15 berries. Like the blueberry It also comes from North America.
Aronia is a fruit which until recently was not very much studied. However its health benefits grabbed the attention of many scientists around the world. The ancient Indians used it as a key component in many different home remedies which they consumed daily. According to the latest research, aronia’s anti-oxidant power dealing with free radicals are off-the charts.
Aronia, also known as chokeberry, is very rich in vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin C, A, E, B2, B6, B9 and the very rare vitamin P (Flavonoids).
Minerals include: calcium, potassium, iron, molybdenum, manganese, phosphorus and iodine.
Every chokeberry contains a high concentration of antioxidants (tannins, biofenoli, flavonoids, anthocyanins, catechins) and is considered to be a greater antioxidant beast than cranberries. Having all this powerful nutrition value makes it extremely useful in preventing malignant diseases and effectively cleansing harmful toxins and scary chemicals.
The health benefits of using aronia are magnificent. The most prominent healing properties of aronia are:
- blood detox
- improved circulation
- prevents heart disease
- relieves migraines and headaches
- regulates blood pressure and cholesterol
- improves digestive functions
- reduces inflammation
- regulates thyroid gland
- prevents the development of viral and bacterial infections
- regulates blood sugar
- slows down the development of Atherosclerosis
- protect against Dementia and Alzheimer's disease
- cures urinary tract infections
- allows proper gall bladder and liver functions though it cleans.
The aronia fruits also contain carotene which protects cells from getting damaged, improves vision and prevents cataracts (eye disease). Aronia protects against UV radiation. It helps bind heavy metals and radioactive particles and helps remove them from the body.
On the market aronia can be found fresh, dried, as a tea or a juice and powder. It is commonly consumed as a drink (tea, juice, compote or yoghurt) but is also used in various cooked dishes, salads and desserts. Practice eating fresh aronia because it has the most nutritional value.