The aronia berry is also known by the name, the black chokeberry. Early native settlers referred to it as the choke
berry since they ate it raw, it was sharp. Aronia berries are close in relation to the blueberry. Science has become interested in its deep purple color and concludes that by this berry being black in color, it has to be high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Since the aronia berry is strong in taste, natural aronia berry juice is better sweetened.
An animal study in 2004 showed that the aronia berry’s antioxidant effects had a gastro protective effect when treating the acute gastric hemorrhagic lesion in rats. This study suggested to scientists that it can be a natural effective treatment for stomach problems in humans (including ulcers). Another 2003 study showed that the berry provided a natural defense to fight against colon cancer. A 2002 animal modeled study concluded that the anthocyanins in the aronia berry were useful in fighting against oxidative stress in cardiovascular patients. 2002 studies have also shown that the aronia berry juice without sugar helped to treat diabetic patients.
The aronia berries have been known to prevent spasms in blood vessels, keeping blood pressure from becoming dangerously high and helping to prevent blood vessel spasms. In the United States, the aronia berry was tested by the Department of Agriculture. They found that the aronia berry has the highest ORAC and H-ORAC score (this is the testing unit of antioxidants).
Do you eat the aronia berry? For a specific reason?