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Do you know which healthy ingredients are hiding underneath the skin of this small deep purple fruit?


The term “superfood” has been given to so many berries and vegetables now, that it’s almost lost its meaning, but that’s exactly what the Aronia berry is. While Aronia berries have been used in Native American medicine for hundreds of years, scientists are only now studying what benefits it has for our health, and their findings are extremely positive.

What are Aronia Berries?

Aronia berries grow in North America in small bunches, much like blackcurrants, blueberries, and cranberries, but have earned the nicknames “apple berries” and “chokeberries” because they look more like stone fruit inside. There are two forms of Aronia berry; red and blue, though the blue is most common, and has the same blue-black shade of a blackberry. Aronia berries are about the same size as a blueberry, have a similar sharp taste to blackcurrants, and only contain 13 calories per 28g (fresh).

Traditionally, Native Americans used Aronia berries as a cold remedy, and likely found them an effective cure due to the berries’ richness in antioxidants, and current studies are showing that they have wide-spread health benefits (which you can read more about below).

What are the Benefits of Aronia Berries?


Which Vitamins and Minerals does Aronia contain?

Aronia berries contain high levels of vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, K, as well as folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, among others.

Anti-Cancer Properties of Aronia

Aronia extract has been seen to have significant effects in inhibiting cancer growth and cell damage, in comparison to other extracts. While most fruit and vegetables have at least a minor effect, few are as powerful as Aronia.

Organ Repair and Health

Aronia has been seen to significantly reduce the symptoms and severity of liver and stomach damage in rats, likely due to the incredibly high antioxidant activity in Aronia berries.

Anti-Diabetes Effects

In a study performed by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Germany, and another study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, Aronia extract was found to help boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and fight resistance, all of which help prevent adult-onset diabetes.

Protection Against Heart Disease

A study by the Medical University of Warsaw found that Aronia berry was effective in
protecting against the plaque that builds up within the arteries and leads to coronary artery
disease. When coronary artery disease sets in, the vessels narrow due to the plaque and
become inflexible. Aronia helped relax the tissues, consequently improving blood flow and
dropping blood pressure.


What Does Aronia Berry Taste Like?
Aronia berries have a sharp and “dry” taste, like blackcurrants and cranberries, so are best
baked into your food or mixed into drinks.

Are There Any Side Effects to Taking Aronia?
No, there are no documented side effects to Aronia berries or extract. If you have any
allergies to other fruit or berries, be cautious when trying Aronia for the first time to check for a reaction.

How to Include Aronia Berry in Your Diet

Aronia berries can be consumed fresh, dried, juiced, or in extract form. You can use fresh
and dried Aronia berries just as you would any other berry; baked into muffins, cookies,
bread, eaten as a snack (like raisins), added to smoothies, juiced, drank as a fruit tea, added
to cereal, and any other way you like to consume your berries.


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