Key Reasons Why You Should Consume Aronia Berry
We know that nutrition plays a huge role in our health. Incorporating foods that improve redox status and reduce inflammation with antioxidant-rich foods or healthy fats is a great way to promote your health and support daily performance.
At some point in your life you probably have heard that berries are good for you, right? Yet, not all of them are equal and have the same medicinal power. There are more studies coming out on how berries support our health from different angles. In the last decade, researchers and scientists have created berry symposiums across the world, where they discuss their clinical data on how berries can positively affect our systems from our heart, stomach, brain, metabolism, and more.
The subjects that seem to be in their biggest interests are:
- How berries can affect your vascular and cognitive systems and how this relays to Alzheimer's
- How polyphenols from berries impact the gut-brain axis
- Polyphenols from berries and cognitive function in adults
- How berries can positively impact age-related vascular dysfunction
- Berries and their polyphenols affects on endothelial function
- Berries and their affects on cardiovascular function, insulin resistance and diabetes
Berries are among the healthiest foods on the planet. However, when we think of berries, we usually think of the typical strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, the most common berries consumed in America.
Yet, there are many other kinds, even more powerful than the typical berry, including red and black currant, elderberry, bilberry, gooseberry, wild strawberry, cloudberry, and, finally chokeberry aka aronia, just to name a few.
The last one is one of my favorites. I personally have done a lot of research on aronia. I interviewed top experts around the world, who have spent their entire lives investigating and conducting clinical research around this particular berry.
Recently aronia has become very popular with consumers who care about health and want to add more nutrients to the diet. These small, dark berries are full of valuable nutrients and antioxidants, such as vitamin C and anthocyanins, which offer great health benefits for those who want to improve their health, daily vitality and athletic recovery through better nutrition.
How to Consume Aronia?
Fresh chokeberry fruits are commonly used, especially in Europe, in juices, jams, syrups, and wine. Dried chokeberries can be eaten as a healthy snack added to oatmeal, yogurt, or used in baked goods.
In some countries including the US, dried chokeberry fruits are used to produce antioxidant herbal tea. Dried chokeberry fruits are full of fiber - in a serving of 100 grams it provides 16.9 grams of this essential macronutrient.
Of course, one would get the most benefit from the entire fruit, but the second best option, especially if you are concerned about sugar levels, comes in the form of a standardized extract, which is usually standardized for anthocyanin levels, and has no sugar content.