Aronia Berries: A Nutritional Powerhouse

ripe aronia berriesSuperfoods are foods that go above and beyond, supporting health with their powerful sources of antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes, essential fatty acids, and other nutrients. And while you might be familiar with many fruits and veggies on the list (such as blueberries, kale, oats, and broccoli), there is one that you might not be as familiar with…the aronia berry (also known as the chokeberry). At B.O.S.S. Food Co. we love aronia berries with their rich antioxidant profile, so we made it one of the main ingredients in our MOVE bars!

Aronia berries are native to North America. They grow in little dense clusters and are known for their tart, mouthwatering, unique flavor, which give it its name: chokeberry. Aronia berries are called nature’s healer and protector for many reasons. A few of these benefits are:

  •  – Highest Antioxidant Source – Aronia berries have the highest concentration of antioxidants of any fruit present today.
  •  – High Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) Rating – Because they are so rich in antioxidants, they also have an extremely high ORAC rating, meaning these dark little berries are able to greatly neutralize free radicals.
  •  – Maintains Good Urinary Tract Health – Most people turn to cranberries when they have urinary tract issues, but the aronia berry is almost ten times more effective in preventing UTI’s with their higher doses of quinic acid, which aids in reducing micro-organism growth, protecting the urinary tract and maintaining good health.
  •  – Blood Circulation and Pressure Levels – Aronia berries are known to improve blood circulation, strengthening blood vessels, and may reduce the risk of heart disease. This dark, pigmented berry has been found to balance blood pressure levels, and is recommended to people with circulatory or blood pressure issues.
  •  – Fight Inflammation – Aronia berries have the highest concentration of anthocyanin, which is known to fight bacteria, boost the immune system, and reduce inflammation.
  •  – Weight Control – Research has shown that consuming chokeberries has been tied to lower blood glucose, reduction in body fat, and reduced cholesterol. Their high levels of fiber allow for healthy bowel health, lower cholesterol levels, and healthy weight loss.
  •  – High in Vitamin C and Iron – Just 100 grams of aronia berries is packed with 93% of the recommended daily intake of iron, which is crucial to our body’s oxidation processes, and 34% of our needed Vitamin C, which plays a role in forming collagen, as well as other anti-aging benefits.

dried aronia

Fresh aronia berries can be used to make juice, jam, or even wine, while dried berries can be eaten as a healthy snack, or added to cereals, muffins, or other baked goodies, like our delicious MOVE bars! These nutrient-packed little berries are blended with seven other invigorating SUPERFOOD ingredients to keep you moving and conquering each day!

About the Author

Danielle Kellar is a freelance writer and photographer, and has taught yoga, fitness, and natural health for the past 21 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, as well as minors in Philosophy and Photo Journalism. She is currently attending Rutgers University, working towards her Masters in Liberal Studies, specializing in Creative Non-Fiction and Social Sciences. You can connect with Danielle through her website: AllThingsDanielle.com

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