17 Feb Aroniaberry, The Berry You Didn’t Know About
It is a widely accepted belief that berries are among the healthiest fruits on earth, particularly strawberries and blueberries that serve as popular ingredients for pastries and salads. In comparison to these commercially known berries, aroniaberries can be considered to be one of the rarer varieties.
This is probably the first time you have heard of such a fruit. “Aronia” means berries that grow on shrubs. It is also known as chokeberries due to its sharp, astringent taste.
Originating from North America, the history of aroniaberries traces back to precolonial times where it was consumed as an ingredient for energy-boosting snacks or brewed into decoctions for alleviating cold symptoms. While it is relatively less known than many other types of berries, aroniaberries are increasingly gaining more attention for its health benefits including high-antioxidant content and anti-cancer properties.
What are the Benefits of Aroniaberries?
In fact, it contains higher levels of antioxidants and anthocyanins than most types of fruits. One serving of aroniaberries contains 11.6 times more antioxidants than an apple, and 3.4 times more than strawberries.
If you have read our previous article on antioxidants, you will know how they help to protect your cells from oxidative damage and delays aging. Anthocyanins benefit the body in similar ways. 
The anthocyanins content in aroniaberries help to reduce inflammation related to diabetes and fight against insulin resistance. Past studies concluded that consumption of aroniaberry extract has a positive impact on controlling blood glucose levels. People with pre-diabetic symptoms can consider including more aroniaberries in your meals.
Aroniaberry extract has been proven useful in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, in relation to colon cancer, in a 2004 study conducted by researchers from University of Maryland. It has also been effective in reducing oxidative damage on normal cells among breast cancer patients in another 2009 study ran by researchers from University of Lodz.
Besides its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, aroniaberries are believed to protect the body against coronary artery disease. Many cardiovascular diseases occurred as a result of obstructed blood flow due to hardening of arteries and tensing of vessels. Aroniaberry extract helped to relax the blood vessels to facilitate better blood flow and reduce pressure in the arteries.
In addition, aroniaberries are found to improve circulatory, respiratory and digestive functions within the body by protecting the organs from chemical damage.
Ways to include Aroniaberries in Your Diet
Aroniaberries can be consumed in many forms. You can enjoy them fresh if you are used to its texture. If not, you can mix the berries into your breakfast muffins, pancakes or even mid-day snack cookies. Alternatively, you can blend them with other berries into a fruit juice to remove the mouth-drying sensation that is often deemed unpleasant.
People with busy lifestyles who have no time to prepare fresh berries or blend juices can opt for aroniaberry extract as a complement to your daily fruit intake. One of the available options on the market is Unique Time Rejuvenate, an all-natural ready-to-drink beverage extracted from 7 different berries including aroniaberry.
Now that you have learnt some of the benefits about aroniaberry, why not give it a try?