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Superfood: Aronia Berries

Updated on April 25, 2012

The Healthiest Fruit in the World

The aronia is a superfood, richer in anti-cancer antioxidants than raspberries and more modern imports such as the goji and acai. It even has three times the level of antioxidants found in blueberries. Actually, this berry contains the highest concentration of flavonoids and antioxidants than any other known natural food product.

The plant is native to North America, where early settlers gave it the name chokeberry because it is so sharp when eaten raw. The aronia berry - which is similar in appearance to a cranberry - is also said to help ward off heart disease. American Indians believed it was a good aphrodisiac.

The berries, which contain high levels of vitamin C, are too tart and sharp to be eaten raw, but are ideal for sauces in summer puddings or on cheesecakes, or blended into juices and smoothies.

Aronia and Kephir Smoothie Recipe
Aronia and Kephir Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana peeled
  • handful of chokeberries/black aronia berries
  • 250 g (1 cup) kephir
  • honey or agave nectar to taste
  • a squeeze or two of lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Place banana chunks, berries and kephir into a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Sweeten with honey or agave nectar, and season with lemon juice.
  2. Serve at once.
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Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity

aronia antioxidant
aronia antioxidant

Aronia has a high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) Value, due to the high concentration of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, both of which contribute to it’s dark, almost black, color. The higher the score, the more capable that particular food is of destroying free radicals, thus retarding the aging process and other diseases.

Probably the best source of this wonderful berry, other than the actual aronia berry itself is in a drink, which you can buy online is the Aronia Berry supplement.

Find the Best Deals on Aronia Berries - Can't find fresh aronia berries?

If you don’t happen to already have a couple of plants growing in the backyard, you can always look for fresh ones at the Farmer’s market. You have better luck if you live in the northern part of America. Fresh berries can be a happy and healthy addition to salads, pancakes, to desserts and cereals. Add them to ice-cream, yogurt or sorbet for a burst of color and a dose of health benefits. You can also juice them or add them to smoothies. If you find pure aronia berry juice too tart on its own, blend it with other fruits.

You can also buy frozen aronia berries, berry chews, aronia berry tea blends, sauces or wine. Aronia products may be purchased at specialty stores or online.

Can't find fresh aronia berries? Try these products instead.

Aronia - The True Superfruit

Aronia's extremely high antioxidant levels make it one of the eight “true” superfruits in the world, and it's the only one of the eight that is native to the United States.

Facts About Aronia Berries

Aronia Melanocarpa, the black version of aronia berries, is PACKED with antioxidants, and best of all for those of us living in the United States, they're very plentiful. In fact, they grow right here in our backyards, in all but the hottest of states!

Today, researchers and scientists are discovering the goodness of this berry and what a completely amazing super food it is. There has been ample research to suggest that the aronia berries are indeed some of nature's best health supplement.

Because antioxidants are able to protect against oxidative damage to cells and boost the body's immune system, they help to prevent various types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and various age-related health problems and inflammation.

In various studies, aronia berries have shown positive results in dealing with these health problems. Not all studies are conclusive at this point but the results are encouraging:

1. Fight cardiovascular diseases

High cholesterol can result in clogged arteries, increasing the risks for cardiovascular diseases. Studies using various berries increasing aronia berries indicated an improvement in LDL (bad) cholesterol oxidation. By that token, aronia berries and various types of berries are highly beneficial for heart health.

2. Reduce inflammation

Chronic inflammation is detrimental to health as it causes tissue destruction that can give rise to a number of diseases including asthma, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Aronia berries have anti-inflammatory properties.

3. Fights various forms of cancer

Oxidative damage to cells can give rise to various types of cancer. According to Dr. Iwona Wawer, a renowned researcher of aronia berries, the flavonoids found in aconia berries act as detoxifying agents neutralizing the damaging effects of oxidizing substances.

Other health benefits include:

4. Treats gastric muscosal disorders

5. Improves urinary tract health, even better than cranberry juice for urinary tract infection.

6. Reduces glucose levels in subjects suffering from diabetes mellitus

7. Stimulates circulation

8. May be an effective natural treatment for stomach problems including ulcers.

Do you have a garden?

Why not try and plant Aronia Berries.

You'll have this delicious and healthy fruit all year round fresh from your own back yard.

Makes an excellent hedge and produces edible berries. Needs no pruning and is generally maintenance- free. Produces large white flower clusters in spring and profuse clusters of dark black 3/4 inch persistent berries in fall. Great fall color ranging from red, orange, and yellow.

Cancer Protection

In 2006, Nutrition and Cancer published a study done by the University of Maryland. The study on the chokeberry found that this antioxidant berry may provide protection against colon cancer.

breakfast aronia yogurt
breakfast aronia yogurt

Aronia berry, rhubarb and granola layered yoghurt

If you're fed up with toast and cereal for breakfast why not try something new.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb/250gr young rhubarb
  • 6 oz/150gr Aronia berries
  • 1 large tub of quality vanilla yoghurt
  • 50 gr jumbo scottish oats
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • a seletion of coconut sunflower seeds and nuts your choice

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 180C. Toast the oats with the honey and mixed seeds and nuts for 10 minutes in the oven.
  2. Cut rhubarb about 1” and warm slightly in a table sugar until soft.
  3. Start layering the fruit, then a spoonful of yogurt, then granola all the way to the top of the glass.

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      OrganicHealthAn 3 years ago

      I had not heard of Aronia Berries but managed to find them on an online organic foodstore called Live Superfoods (which you can find out more about at http://homeshoporganic.com/buylivesuperfoods/ ) so I ordered some to try. I made your yogurt recipe first and really enjoyed it and have been using these berries along with others ever since.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yeas ,in Europa ,this is very good fruit ,bat i can 't find hear ..Do anyone know about that in Australia ....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      looks interesting, i like to try some

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      This is my introduction to Aronia berries. They sound pretty amazing. Will definitely explore this further. Thank you, once again, for educating me with regard to superfoods. Always appreciated.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Well, I don't believe I have actually tried Aronia berries, but I am intrigued and definitely very interested.

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      privresearch 5 years ago

      @wolfie10: Aronia is native to the US, so I'm not sure if it can be found fresh somewhere else. But you can probably find dry aronia, or frozen aronia in the local green markets, or stores for healthy organic foods. You probably won't find them in a regular supermarket. If not there's always Amazon

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      wow how interesting. I had never heard of them before, thank you for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've never heard of these, thanks for educating me!

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      wolfie10 5 years ago

      never heard of them. i'm not sure if i could get them around here, but i'll be looking out for them

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      I have heard a little about the Aronia berry. I have not (yet) tried them though. Hope to sometime soon. Thanks for sharing recipes that even I could handle. Sincerely, Rose

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, I have to see if we can find them here, I love berries and I love the smoothie with the banana idea. Thank you for the information, I have never heard of them. **Blessed**

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      aardvarkapparel 5 years ago

      I'll see if I can find these at whole foods

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting information! Shared with my friends. :)

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      CreativeArtDesigns 5 years ago

      Very interesting. I had not heard of the Aronia Berry before.