The Virgin Extracts freeze dried organic Aronia berry powder is a premium natural food supplement that represents pure and powerful 4:1 concentrate entirely made of live organically grown aronia berries that are GMO-free, pesticide-free, chemical-free and heavy metal-free. This is the most potent form of aronia available and it definitely will meet your high expectations. The product has great versatility and it can be included into yogurt, shakes, smoothies, ice-cream, oatmeal, juices, cereals, baking goods and much more. As a dietary supplement, take 1tbsp 2 or 3 times a day.
The aronia fruit (scientific name: Aronia melanocarpa) is also known as “chokeberry”. These tiny berries are picked from deciduous shrubs in the family Rosaceae. They’re getting very popular among fitness heads, healthy food fans and doctors due to their potential health benefits coming from powerful phyto-nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. Basically, there are 2 widely cultivated species of chokeberries: black and red. The dark ones are a bit bitter in taste, while the red are sweeter. However both types of aronia have a nutrient-dense profile.
Nutritional value of Aronia berry:
Chokeberries are very low in fat and calories. There are barely 47 calories per 100gr of aronia. The news just keep getting better and better, because this powerful superfruit is one of nature’s richest flavonoid anthocyanin antioxidant sources. In fact, chokeberries have an exceptionally high antioxidant ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbency capacity) which measures the antioxidant strength in a certain type of food.
Scientists have discovered that every 100gr of aronia fruit has the stunning 16,062 micro-moles of Trolox Equivalents (TE). Analyses of the anthocyanins show that the following separate chemicals are found in them: pelargonidin, cyanidin-3-galactoside, quercetin, delphinidin, epicatechin, caffeic acid, malvidin, petunidin and peonidin. The nutritious berries also contain flavonoid anti-oxidants like lutein, carotene and zeaxanthin, as the last one has photo-filtering effects on UV rays, so it protects our eyes from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Aronia berries are rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. There are vitamins E, A, B12 ( folate) and vitamin C, as 100gr of fresh aronia berries provide circa 35% of vitamin C’s recommended daily intake. Among the fruit’s minerals are iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium and potassium.
Health benefits of chokeberry:
This wondrous fruit can help control the blood pressure. A study published in the Official Journal of the European Atherosclerosis Society included 44 volunteers who had had heart attack in the past and had been on statins. Half of the participants took chokeberry extract 3 times a day (around 85mg) which resulted in reduced diastolic and systolic blood pressure by a mean average of 11 and 7.2mmHg.
Due to its amazingly positive reflection on blood, the chokeberry helps prevent and treat blood clots.
You can reduce the bad cholesterol by consuming aronia. Often drinking aronia juice leads to a tremendous serum nitric oxide (NO) concentration and flow mediated dilatation (FMD) increase. 35 of 35 patients in a conducted experiment, who had relatively high cholesterol levels, had a >= 7% increase in FMD after they began to drink aronia juice on a daily basis. Following the consumption of chokeberries, people have a 25% reduction of ox-LDL (Oxidized Low-density lipoprotein) which is perhaps the most harmful cholesterol type.
Aronia boosts heart attack recovery and helps prevent heart attack in the first place. It can prevent a heart stroke because it reduces inflammation within the arterial walls, reduces ACE (an inhibitor of vasodialation of the arteries) and (as we said) it lowers the ox-LDL cholesterol that creates blockage on the walls of the arteries. When it comes to recovering from a heart attack, aronia increases the telomerase activity in the Endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) in the bone marrow, These cells are responsible for the repair of damaged tissue resulting from a stroke.
Lemon juice and Aronia blend protects against neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, senile dementia and other. That’s because this mixture prohibits cholinesterase enzyme activity.
Aronia can be a dietary treatment for diabetes mellitus. There is data obtained from researches that indicates the hypoglycemic potential character of chokeberry juice.
Chokeberries can work as an alternative treatment for colon cancer, breast cancer and leukemia. Breast cancer patients have very high oxidative stress markers and aronia is shown to reduce the oxidative stress. Also some very positive researches show that aronia and some other darkly pigmented types of food assist in treating colon cancer, as tumors have shown a significant size reduction after regular consumption of aronia.
Chokeberries may boost muscle recovery because of their potential to diminish exercise-induced oxidative damage to red blood cells.
The superfruit can battle viruses and flu, as it stops their spreading.
Aronia could help you lose belly fat. It has the capacity to treat conditions of Metabolic Syndrome which is a disorder of energy utilization and storage that can be related to abdominal obesity.