The Aronia berries have been used by the Indians as a cure for almost all types of illnesses. It is a very powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals present in the body. This makes it very useful in curing diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer and arthritis. It has also proven to be effective in reducing the signs of menopause and improving fertility.
However, these claims were made based on very limited studies carried out by the scientists. A recent study however, has brought to light some surprising facts about aronia berries. According to the scientists, the superfood known as aronia berries may not only be extremely effective in the treatment of numerous diseases, but it may also be effective in reducing the level of stress one experiences in the body. It has been found out that the fruits are very much rich in several important nutrients, including calcium, potassium, fiber, niacin, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and several others.
The health benefits of aronia berries may be better understood when we come to know that they are rich in antioxidants as well as contain phytochemicals that are highly beneficial to health. These antioxidants help to regulate blood sugar levels and thus reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease or high cholesterol levels. The phytochemicals present in the fruits may also help in fighting cancer. They seem to inhibit tumor growth and inflammation in the body. Since many cancer drugs such as chemotherapy are developed from chemicals derived from plants, it is good to know that the fruits can also provide significant health benefits.
Aronia berries contain more than 300 different kinds of antioxidant compounds, including flavonoids, anthocyanins, proanthocyanins, procyanidins, quercetin, disulphide, tannic acid, proanthocyanidins, acetic acid, procyanidins, flavonoids, procyanidins, and quercetin. Flavonoids are known as powerful antioxidants that help to protect the body from oxidative stress. Oxidation is a chemical process by which free radicals (harmful chemicals) are created in the body. Free radicals cause cellular damage and can cause diseases like cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Quercetin is an important component of many antioxidant compounds and is believed to be very powerful in combating oxidative stress.
Anthocyanins are another important substance found in Aronia berries. They are also known as the blueberry tree bark extract or even cinnamon bark in some circles. Anthocyanins are thought to have similar health benefits as do the other antioxidants mentioned above. Studies are currently being conducted to test the anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties of this berry in humans. Whether this could be added to current cancer treatment is not known at this time.
It is not clear what type of consumption will bring about the most health benefits. Research is beginning in North America with hopes of conducting studies in Europe at a later date. For now, people should try a regular dosage of the juice, along with a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement. Aronia berries are delicious in smoothies, ice creams, and cereal bars. Try one of these delicious drinks today to enjoy the health benefits of the aronia berries.