Chokeberry (aronia), Health Benefits

Chokeberry is one of its own kinds of berries packed with essential phytonutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. These tiny, wild, sub-arctic berries have recently grabbed the attention of fitness lovers and food scientists alike for their promising nutritive values. Some of the most impressive health benefits of chokeberries include their ability to improve digestive processes, protect the body against free radicals, help lose weight, protect the immune system, prevent diabetes, reduce inflammation, improve eye health, combat cancer, lower blood pressure, and stumulate repair to the body. Here are some of the their health benefits:

  • Chokeberries are low in calories and fats, yet contain dietary fiber and a wealth of nutrients. If you are trying to feel full and stay healthy, without packing on any extra pounds, chokeberries can be excellent dietary aid.

  • Theoxygen radical absorbency capacity or ORAC (measurement of the antioxidant strength of food items) demonstrates chokeberry with one of the highest values recorded among berries.

  • The carotenes found in chokeberries are able to reduce oxidative stress in the eyes, thereby preventing the onset of macular degeneration and slowing or preventing the development of cataracts. Carotenes are some of the most powerful antioxidants and are found in significant levels in chokeberries.

  • Chokeberries and their anthocyanin content are directly connected to a reduction in colon cancer. Given that this is one of the most widespread and largely untreated forms of cancer, these berries could be a wonderful preventive measure against it, particularly if you have other predispositions to that type of cancer.

  • Chokeberries are high in dietary fiber, meaning that tey facilitate smooth digestion by moving food through the gut efficiently. By bulking up stool, fiber can help to eliminate constipation, diarrhea, cramping, bloating, and general stomach discomfort. The organic compounds contained in chokeberries also protect the gut from dangerous bacteria, due to its natural immune-boosting and antioxidant activity.

  • Further, they are also good sources of many antioxidant vitamins likevitamin-C, vitamin-A, vitamin-E, beta-carotene and folate and minerals like potassium, iron, and manganese.

Chokeberries in their natural form feature thin whitish waxy coat on them, as you may also find it on other berries like grapes, blueberries, etc. Red berries are sweeter than black variety, however, the latter possess higher levels of pigment antioxidants.

To wash, gently swish them in a bowl in cold water for few minutes. Then mop dry using a soft cloth, taking care not to injure them. This method also brings them back to room temperature and enhances their taste and flavor.