Aronia berries have a wide variety of possible uses. Traditionally, Native Americans used aronia berries as medicines and preservatives; aronia berries were also used in the production of dyes. A popular modern use of aronia berries is the production of juice.
There is a growing body of literature supporting potential medicinal uses of aronia berry juice and other aronia berry products. For instance, there is experimental evidence from studies of rats that aronia berry extract can treat ulcers and other stomach problems. There is also evidence of protective and/or therapeutic effects against viruses, colon cancer, inflammation, cardiovascular disorders (including hypertension), diabetes, circulatory disorders, and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
While are often go to treatments for UTIs, there is evidence that due to their high quinic acid content in comparison to cranberries, aronia berries are actually more effective in this indication. However, it would be a mistake to assume that aronia berries’ health benefits are due solely to their quinic acid content. The long list of potential medical uses of the aronia berry is a result of their flavonoid, polyphenol, anthocyanin, and proanthocyanidin content. (You may be interested to know that the anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin content of aronia berries is largely responsible for their characteristic dark coloration).
We will close by noting that aronia berries have strong antioxidant activity, and can be useful in the prevention and/or management of diseases caused and/or worsened by excessive free radical levels in the body. While antioxidants are not panaceas, they can most definitely be part of a comprehensive, rational strategy for gaining and maintaining optimal health.