The Healthiest Berry
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.
However, 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.
Aronia’s ability to support immune function, blood-flow, and antioxidant capacity is hardly matched, meaning better performance and a healthier life. This guide covers what you need to harness the incredible benefits of this superfood.
In This Article:
- What Are Aronia Berries?
- Health And Immune Benefits Of Aronia
- What To Do With Aronia Berries
- What To Look For In Aronia Supplements
What Are Aronia Berries?
Aronia berries have been known for centuries in Eastern Europe for their traditional use in supporting the immune system.
Many experts consider Aronia (AKA "chokeberry") one of the world's healthiest berries. This is because Chokeberry has powerful antioxidant properties. These properties, in turn, can be attributed to Aronia's anti-inflammatory phenolic compounds called anthocyanins.
In one tiny tart package, aronia delivers one of the highest antioxidant scores of any food, more blood-flow boosting nitrates than beets, and unique anti-inflammatory and immune-supporting polyphenols.
It’s no wonder aronia has emerged as one of the most potent superfoods known.
Although the claimed benefits of Aronia largely stem from the polyphenol content, the whole Aronia also provides more conventional nutrients like fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, B-vitamins, and minerals potassium, iron, zinc, manganese, and magnesium. So in the arena of good-for-you-foods, Aronia is hard to beat!
Health & Immune Benefits Of Aronia
Aronia is a valuable food for a spectrum of health benefits. It’s a potent addition to Resync’s signature red blend.
Aronia’s potential benefits have been studied by multiple research groups across the globe. It has been studied to:
- Increase nitric oxide levels in the body, with potential effects on blood flow, smooth muscle function (like your gut), and performance during endurance activities
- Help regulate the inflammatory processes associated with exercise
- Support heart, blood, and metabolic health
- Support a healthy immune response, for example decreasing UTI rates in older adults
Aronia is a foundational ingredient to any complete antioxidant strategy. Those antioxidants set your body up best to fight illnesses, fend off oxidative stress, and reduce inflammation.
We can isolate the effect Aronia may have on each individual system, but with its ability to support your entire anti-inflammatory system, aronia’s benefits are not limited to one system. Aronia holistically supports your whole-body health.
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What To Do With Aronia Berries?
Fortunately, Aronia berries are not high in sugar, meaning you can eat them whole without having the negative effects of other high-sugar fruit. The incredible polyphenol content means that Aronia has a deliciously unique aroma and an intensely bitter taste (hence the common name “choke-berry”).
If you find them frozen or dried at a specialty store, you can use them as a substitute for cranberries, wild blueberries, and other berries in recipes, healthy homemade condiments, and smoothie bowls.
They are not widely available everywhere, though, so finding a supplemental source may be your only option if you want these kinds of benefits.
Aronia forms a cornerstone of Resync products as a potent source of polyphenols. We have done the research to know what it pairs well with, and we encapsulate that into our signature supplements: Resync Recovery and Resync Collagen Blend. Or, grab a can of Resync’s caffeine-free sparkling functional drink and sip to your health.
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What To Look For In Aronia Supplements?
Whether you cannot find them in your area or their astringent taste is a lot to handle, Aronia supplements are consistently shown to benefit the heart, immune system, and antioxidant function.
Critical to know: always look at the supplement label and only settle for products certified for quality and consistency. Resync's high standards mean that we only settle for the best certifications in the industry: NSF Sport. Unfortunately, FDA-approved facilities do not keep supplement manufacturers to the highest quality standards. Those facilities do not test individual ingredients' quality, their certificate of analysis, or perform final product tests. That is the reality.
Then, keep in mind that the method of making the supplement counts—also, there is a difference between what you get in your product. For example, there is a quality difference between a juice or concentrate and a powder extract. Concentrates and juices can be higher in sugar, not the valuable nutrients, whereas extracts focus on the beneficial antioxidants you want.
Standardization is another requirement to look out for. If the supplement is not standardized (many popular and inexpensive beetroot supplements are not), then you do not know how much of a specific nutrient you are getting.
It is worth asking yourself, do you trust companies that cannot tell what is in their supplements? Remember, Resync is here to help you live a healthier life.
Aronia supports health cross-functionally.
If you are looking for positive effects on gut health, immune health, or heart health — or even if you are looking for a new flavor to complement any healthy eating pattern — Aronia is a delicious and nutritious way to elevate your health.
Combined synergistically with the right foods, Aronia is crucial to any complete anti-inflammatory strategy.
We think everyone should have access to Aronia's extraordinary benefits, which is why it is a key component of every Resync product. Try it today and see what your body has been missing!
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Written by Barbara Depta and registered dietitian, Detrick Snyder, MPH, RDN. Updated on 09/17/2022.