Aronia is a flowering genus of deciduous bushes, the family of the same family as cacti, native to North America and the world’s biggest desert – the southwestern United States. The genus also includes a few subspecies, all of them are native to the world. Aronia is the Latin name for the plant Aronia Barbadensis Miller, a native to Brazil. It’s also known as Tarax plantina, sometimes Taraxia barbadensis Miller.
The fruit of the Aronia tree looks like a grape. And that’s the way it should be, for this is the perfect fruit for health benefits. Except for one thing. You can only find Aronia in North America, and in the eastern parts of Canada and the United States. In the tropical part of the world, you’ll rarely find ironic. But the antioxidants of the fruit, and the benefits of its high-fiber content, make it a great choice for anyone trying to live a healthier life.
Aronia contains a huge variety of antioxidants. The polyphenols (what give the berries their characteristic flavor and color) are particularly powerful. The highest concentration of these antioxidants is found in the seed of the Aronia plant, which is the source of the extract used in making this fruit juice. But the antioxidants of the whole fruit are just as good.
Studies on the health benefits of the berries have shown that the polyphenols present in the Aronia can help lower your cholesterol. They may also reduce your risk of heart disease. They may help lower your blood sugar. A diet rich in antioxidants may help reduce your risk of cancer. But research is still ongoing about whether the antioxidants in the juice will help prevent cancer in humans. No clinical trials have been done on this, yet.
Other antioxidants of great interest are flavonoids, which are present in red grapes and some blueberries. Some plant extracts also contain anthocyanins, which may also be of benefit to our health. One of the anthocyanins in the test-tube studies of the health benefits of the antioxidant in the Aronia berries was called anthocyanin, and the name came from the Greek word meaning “black”. Another name for this chemical is “purple pigment”.
The antioxidants in the fruits of Aronia are probably the most potent. So much so, that some people believe that they are as effective, if not more, than the prescription anti-oxidants that are often prescribed for heart health and other problems. The test-tube studies of the effect of the antioxidants on cells in the laboratory showed that the human body can use them as well. As they do, they have proven useful in human studies of cancer, heart health, cholesterol levels, and a host of other conditions.
Some other interesting antioxidants in fruits are the polyphenols. Like the polyphenol antioxidants, these compounds are able to destroy free radicals in the body. Like grape skin, they seem to be able to reduce the risk of heart disease. There is preliminary evidence that these same compounds may help prevent cancer as well.
Although there are no ready made pills, powders, shakes, or teas that are being marketed for the health benefits of the Aronia fruit, it can be bought in its natural fruit form online. It is sold in powder form in four ounces bottled water, which makes it convenient for those who do not like the taste of the extract. You can even grow your own and eat it as a fruit. Because of its many health benefits, chokeberries are now becoming popular as a sweetener for coffee, tea, and even energy drinks.