‘Let food be your medicine’said Hippocrates, the father of western medicine. This Greek philosopher could easily becomeknown as the grand-daddy of nutraceuticals, those super-foods with extra health benefits over and above the basic nutritional value found in other foods.

In a world of processed food where people are suffering from heart disease, cancer, immune disorders, etc., more and more people today are looking for whole, natural and raw foods that will deliver them optimum nutrition. 

Nutraceuticals are increasingly being used to improve health, and prevent chronic and life threatening diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and gastrointestinal disorders.

According to Taylor and Francis Online,[1] nutraceuticals are 'emerging as the number one food industry trend in the United States and the world, as strong consumer, demographic, and international trends combine with nutritional and nutraceutical advances in medical science, and the food, pharmaceutical, and dietary supplement industries take note of the opportunity.’

In the spectrum of nutrition, berries rank near the top, and among berries, none are more nutritious than the Aronia berry.

Nature’s medicine chest packed in a dark purple berry

Brimming with anti-oxidants, the Aroniaberry is emerging as a powerhouse for health. This deep purple berry is native to North America, and is wonderful in smoothies, trail-mix, juices, winemaking, fruit leathers, pies, jams, and jellies. It contains three times the anthocyanin content of blueberries, higher than any other fruit or vegetable.  And its anti-oxidant levels are among the highest of any berry cultivated on this continent. Antioxidants prevent cell damage caused by free radicals that can result from exposure to toxins. The USDA measures ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) as a measure of antioxidant capacities of various foods. Aronia compares favorably among many fruits tested.

Aronia Health Benefits 

Super-Nutritious Aronia Berries From Hopkins Berry Farm

Aronia Berries Health Benefits: 

  • Kills Cancer cells: In a 2003 study by Rooprai et al, extract of Aroniaberries injected into highly malignant brain tumor cells down-regulated problematic proteins and caused the death of malignant cells within 24 hours.
  • Anti-Diabetes: Aroniaberries support healthy glucose metabolism. It lowers fasting blood glucose levels and has a beneficial effect on total cholesterol and lipid levels.
  • Immune Support: Aroniaberries have a dose-dependent anti-inflammatory effect
  • Cardiovascular Support: Numerous studies have shown Aronia to help with heart disease, reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure, decrease in total serum cholesterol, and protect from oxidative injury.

What Aronia Research Has Found 

  • Aronia contains high levels of proanthocyanidins compared with other types of berries.
  • Aronia extract selectively attackscancer cells
  • In an in vitro study, Malik et al (2003) found that Aroniaberry inhibits cell growth in colon cancer without damaging normal colon cells.
  • In a 2003 study by Rooprai et al, extract of Aroniaberries injected into highly malignant brain tumor cells down-regulated expression of CD44 and various matrix metalloprotienases and killed malignant cells within 24 hours.
  •  A 2012 study by Thani et al  indicated that in hard to treat cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, adding nutraceuticals to chemotherapy cycles could improve the effectiveness of conventional drugs.  In research published in the online Journal of Clinical Pathology, the team tested the effectiveness of extract of chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) in killing cancer cells, probably by apoptosis (programmed cell death). Similar results have been shown in studies at University of Maryland, Cornell and Purdue. 

Aronia Provides Glycemic Support (Anti-Diabetes)

  • Aroniaberries support healthy glucose metabolism. In 2002, Simeonov et al found that Aroniaberry lowers fasting blood glucose levels and has a beneficial effect on HbA1c, total cholesterol and lipid levels.
  • Aronia helped to normalize carbohydrate metabolism in insulin-dependent diabetic women during pregnancy, a 2000 study by Pawlowicz et al showed.
  • In 2007, Valcheva-Kuzmanova et al found Aronia significantly reduced plasma glucose and triglycerides to normal levels in an animal study.
  •  Aronia supports the immune system:
  • In 2005, Ohgami et al showed that Aroniaberries have a dose-dependent anti-inflammatory effect.

 

  • Numerous studies have shown Aronia to help with heart disease, for example by reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure and by decreasing total serum cholesterol.
  •  A study at the Indiana School of Medicine found that of all berry extracts tested, Aronia provided the best cellular protection from oxidative injury.
  • Regular intake of Aronia has a beneficial effect on lipid metabolism and endothelial function on men with mildly elevated cholesterol.

 
 

Cardiovascular Support