The health benefits of antioxidant-rich fruit are becoming more widely recogantioxidant-fruits.comzed as scientific studies gain evidence of their protective effects against disease and aging. One fruit has recently been found to have one of the highest antioxidant contents among all plants: the Aronia berry.
Aronia, also called black chokeberry, is the Latin name of a shrub, the size of the common lilac, that has glossy green leaves that turn deep red in autumn. In late spring, its fragrant white flowers develop into dark purple, almost black, berries over the summer. The Aronia’s berries stay on the shrub into winter when they become food for songbirds.
According to Aronia berries’ nutrition facts, they are rich in antioxidants and flavonoids and are good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate and beta-carotene as well as minerals like manganese, potassium, and iron.
Studies have shown that the compounds in the Aronia berry may help boost the immune system against effects of heart disease, cancer, allergies, diabetes, ulcers, eye inflammation, liver disease, joint pain, and even the flu and common cold. They may also help to improve memory, slow the aging process, and enhance overall well being. One 2012 study showed that lab mice that were fed with Aronia berry powder decreased their possibility of developing metabolic syndrome, which what a group of risk factors is usually called that are observed to interact together to make instances of type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease and stroke more likely.
Superfoods Thawed Aroantioxidant-fruits.coma berries can be used in bread, muffins, and other baked goods. They also can be used to make jams, syrup, salad dressing, sauces, and salsa. Frozen aronia berries can be made into a healthy and delicious smoothie.