The Amazing Properties of the Aronia Berry

Just like the blue berry, the black chokeberry (aronia berry) also contains high amounts of anthocyanin as well as antioxidant activity. As compared with cranberry, it has more than five times the concentration of anthocyanins and falvonoids. Due to its health-promoting potential, the chokeberry has gained popularity in the Eastern Europe and in Russia even if it is a native to eastern North America.

According to Stefka Valcheva-Kuzmanova, MD, PhD, who works as a chief assistant professor of medicobiological sciences at the Medical Unviersity in Varna, Bulgaria, Aronia berry fruits are one of the most abundant sources of phenolic substances. Moreover, he said that the fruit juice derived from Aronia and the anthocyanins derived from the fruits itself were the subjects of intensive researches during the last 15 years. The effects of the black chokeberry can be mostly attributed to its high antioxidative activity.

In the area of animal research, the group of Dr. Kuzmanova has suggested that Aronia berry fruits play an important role in the protection of the liver from chemical poisoning and the stomach lining from ulcers that are resulted by indomethacin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Furthermore the chokeberry also serves as an anti-inflammatory compound that prevents swelling brought about by the release of histamine and serotonin, both are known as allergic mediators.

In a separate research, it shows that the black chokeberry also tends to prevent mutations in cell cultures and to restrain the growth of human colon cancer cells. It can also regulate the immune function if human white blood cells.