Chokeberry, Aronia, is the topic we will write in this article about. After our previous articles (Ipe RoxoJuglans RegiaGraviola and Cordyceps Sinensis) received good feedback from our beloved readers, we decided to write about one more amazing natural remedy – Chokeberry. So what is Chokeberry?

Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) most resembles to a blueberry, named also a “Siberian Blueberry”, and this was for two reasons. The first is that it originates from North America, from where was matured to Siberia and the other is because it is resistant to very low temperatures. Aronia tolerates cold winter and frost down to -45 ° C. Grows in a shape of the bush, and if there is enough space can reach a height of about 2 meters.

An edible and medicinal part of the plant is a fruit that is slightly bitterer than the taste of blueberry. Also, interesting is the fact that chokeberry is well maintained on the bush so you can pick it and two months after maturation.

North American Indians used aronia for feeding. They would have dried fruits and grinded them and after that, combined them with meat, or as a supplement to the cake. Fresh fruits were usually used as a cure for the symptoms of stomachache and a tea from chokeberry leafs for healing wounds. Aronia has no natural enemies, and it should not be sprayed with any pesticides.

In its fruits contains high concentrations of antioxidants (tannins, biofenole, flavonoids, anthocyanins, catechins); to the extent that it is even much more powerful antioxidant than cranberry. It is therefore useful as a prophylactic against malignant diseases, effectively purifying the body from harmful substances including heavy metals. From vitamins it contains C, A, E, B2, B6, B9 and a very rare vitamin P. It contains minerals such are calcium, potassium, iron, molybdenum, manganese, phosphorus, and iodine. Besides that aronia contains a rare fructose – sorbitol.

Chokeberry, Aronia Berry, Aronia Arbutifolia

The curative properties of chokeberry are difficult to enumerate, but we will write only the most famous ones:

  • stimulates circulation,
  • purifies the blood,
  • relieves headaches and migraines
  • lowers elevated blood pressure,
  • has an amazingly good effect on the stomach and intestines,
  • stops diarrhea, improves immunity,
  • prevents development of viral and bacterial infections.

Especially prominent is its beneficial effect on the liver and bile since it clears them and enables more regular work of these bodies.

It is also important to say that aronia berry; aronia arbutifolia regulates proper operation and excretion of thyroid hormones, as well as it contributes to regulation the work of the pancreas, and may be useful in the treatment of diabetes (diabetes mellitus).

The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a unit for measuring values of antioxidants in foods. Following a research conducted in the United States it has been announced that 100 grams of chokeberry contains 16,100 ORAC units, while it is known that the optimal daily dose of 3000-5000 ORAC units is necessary for the adequate protection of human tissue and plasma. Thanks to this, not only aronia berry prevents the occurrence of cancer, but it also helps in the treatment of malignant disease by destroying cancer cells. Furthermore, chokeberry encourages wound healing, slows the aging of the body and skin, prevents wrinkles, protects against UV radiation.

In the end, chokeberry is most often used in dried form or as a juice, so if you have an empty place in your garden it is not bad to plant this fruit. In addition to its medicinal powers it just looks good in the spring while flourishing and in July when it is ornamented with fruits that will patiently wait for you until September. So, aronia arbutifolia, aronia melanocarpa, or just aronia berry – chokeberry is a food and a medicine.