Aronia or black aronia (Aronia melanocarpa), is a berry fruit with a taste close to blackcurrant, native to North America. It is consumed as it is in the form of fruit or transformed into juice, syrup, jam, capsule or wine. The fruits are often cooked or dried.
The Russians are big consumers of this plant and use it mainly against hypertension, stomach aches or disorders of the urinary system. Aronia is also very cultivated in North America, Canada and the United States. Other countries such as Poland and eastern countries also have important cultures of chokeberry. France has also taken up the cultivation of these small berries.
A berry that helps fight fatigue and lack of energy
Aronia is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant properties. The main indications of this fruit are digestive and especially hepatic disorders, lack of energy such as fatigue or excess cholesterol. Some researchers assume that aronia could have a preventive effect on cancer and certain cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction and stroke.
Aronia, a super food?
Some American media consider chokeberry to be a “superfood”. The club of super foods is very closed, with in particular kale, a type of cabbage, goji berries or chia. All these foods have in common that they contain a lot of phyto-nutrients, that is to say active ingredients with important preventive or therapeutic effects on health.
In general, these foods are rich in antioxidants, substances that would exert a favorable effect in the prevention of cancer and certain cardiovascular diseases. Flavonoids and anthocyanins are substances with a strong antioxidant effect, they are also found in large quantities in chokeberry.
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