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Elderberry for Colds and Flu?

Cold and flu remedies will be in ample supply in the coming months as coughs, sneezes, and sniffles are expected to spread. However, elderberry products have been on the shelves season after season when it comes to natural treatments. Elderberry is a plant that has been used for centuries to treat colds, flu, fever and other illnesses. It’s also the main ingredient in many commercial cold remedies. But does it work? This article will explore the effectiveness of elderberry as a way to treat or prevent colds and flu.

What are elderberries?

Elderberry or Sambucus nigra is a shrub in the honeysuckle family that grows primarily throughout North America and Europe where it has been used since ancient times as both food and medicine. In fact, many sources attest to its use as far back as Biblical times by Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Germans and others. The berries are dark blue with white spots when unripe and they turn black-red when ripe.

How is Elderberry used?

Elderberry can be used several ways. For example, the berries are cooked into jams and jellies or made into wines that produce a dark purple liquid with sweet-tart flavor. Elderberries can also be combined with other herbs to make teas; tinctures; syrups; extracts for candy, beverages and baking.

Supplements containing elderberries have been used to treat colds and flu, as well as:

Chronic fatigue syndrome
Constipation
Hay fever
Headaches
High cholesterol
Sinus infections
Sciatica
Toothaches
Upper respiratory infections


Does Elderberry work in clinical trials?

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study during the influenza season of 1999-2000, 60 patients (aged 18-54 years) suffering from influenza-like symptoms for 48 h or less received 15 ml of elderberry or placebo syrup four times a day for 5 days, and recorded their symptoms using a visual analogue scale. Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo.(1)

Additionally, a meta-analysis of elderberry performed in 2018 determined that supplementation with elderberry was found to substantially reduce upper respiratory symptoms. The quantitative synthesis of the effects yielded a large mean effect size.(2)

A meta-analysis by the way is an examination of data from a number of independent studies pertaining to the the same subject in order to identify overall trends.

This promising trend and the glowing reviews from people of all walks of life resulted in more than $100 million in sales of elderberry supplements in the US between January and March of 2018. Sales of herbal supplements overall grew by a record breaking 17.3% in 2020 with elderberry sales skyrocketing to $320 million.

Not so fast, though.

Michael Macknin, MD, professor emeritus of pediatrics at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, was lead investigator in a study conducted between January 2018 and April 2019 including 87 patients ages five and older who tested positive for influenza. A 5-day trial of elderberry extract or placebo was conducted in an emergency room setting. Alternatively, they could take oseltamivir (Tamiflu), which is an antiviral drug.

A placebo was given orally twice daily for five days to patients between 5 and 12. Elderberry extract was administered four times daily for five days to subjects over the age of 12. No difference was observed between the groups of Elderberry and placebo in the severity or duration of flu symptoms. It took two extra days for people in the elderberry group who did not take oseltamivir to feel better compared to people in the placebo group. Considering that earlier studies reported that elderberries shortened flu symptoms by four days, further studies are needed.

Likewise, the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration have taken action against firms marketing products with unconfirmed claims that Elderberry can prevent COVID-19.

In summary, there is evidence that elderberry can shorten the duration and severity of some viral respiratory infections and that elderberry is generally regarded as safe when taken as a supplement. There is, however, no magic bullet when it comes to COVID-19 and flu cases. The fundamentals of vaccination when appropriate, proper hygiene, nutrition, sleep habits and exercise all remain critical steps we can take to mitigate the risk of infection.

References:

1) Zakay-Rones et al. Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections. J Int Med Res. Mar-Apr 2004;32(2):132-40.

2) Hawkins et al. Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) supplementation effectively treats upper respiratory symptoms: A meta-analysis of randomized, controlled clinical trials. Complement Ther Med 2019 Feb;42:361-365.

3) Macknin et al. Elderberry Extract Outpatient Influenza Treatment for Emergency Room Patients Ages 5 and Above: a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial Intern Med. 2020 Nov;35(11):3271-3277.

Armé™️ for Urinary Health

UTIs are a common infection, and can lead to serious problems if left untreated. But what if we told you that there is a natural way of preventing UTIs? Armé™️ is an all-natural supplement which contains D-Mannose and Aronia polyphenols. These two ingredients have been clinically proven to combat UTIs by inhibiting E. coli from adhering to the bladder wall, thus reducing the risk of developing a UTI. With this knowledge in hand, armé™️ has become a favorite supplement for maintaining good urinary health!

What is D-Mannose?

D-mannose is a naturally occurring sugar. Studies have shown that D-Mannose seems to have a special affinity for E. coli, and attaches itself to the bacteria as soon as it enters the urinary tract. This prevents the bacteria from sticking to bladder walls and causing an infection. Although many different types of sugars can attach themselves to E. coli, D-Mannose seems to be the only one that can attach itself on the receptor sites on the bacteria’s surface.

D-Mannose has been used as a treatment for UTIs for over 50 years, but has only recently gained the attention of the scientific community. Research has shown that D-mannose can reduce bladder inflammation, pain and burning sensation during urination in women with UTIs (1). It has also been found to be effective against both E coli and Staphylococcus (2), (3).

D-Mannose is found in many plants and fruits, such as grapes, peaches, cranberries and apples. However, supplementing with pure D-mannose has been proven to be more effective than taking it through food.

Does D-Mannose raise blood sugar?

D-mannose is not metabolized by the body, which means it does not raise blood sugar. It passes through your system within 24 hours after ingestion (unlike glucose which takes 48 hours). This ensures that you won’t experience any fluctuations in energy levels due to increased insulin levels after taking D-mannose.

Is D-Mannose safe to take if I am diabetic?

Yes, D-mannose is safe to take if you are a diabetic. As mentioned earlier, pure D-mannose does not raise blood sugar levels and will not interfere with your medication. However, as with any supplement, please talk to your doctor before taking D-mannose if you have been prescribed medication for your diabetes.

Does D-Mannose replace my prescription antibiotics?

No. D-mannose does not treat infections caused by a virus or bacteria other than E. coli, and should therefore only be used in conjunction with prescription antibiotics when you have a UTI. In fact, the specific polyphenols in armé™️ plus D-mannose work synergistically to enhance the effectiveness of prescription antibiotics used to treat a UTI, without compromising their activity.(4,5)

Aronia and UTIs

Aronia is a small fruit-bearing shrub of the rose family. Aronia has been shown to be particularly effective against UTIs because it contains compounds which are potent inhibitors of E coli (6,7).

Aronia and proanthocyanins – a compound found in Aronia – have been shown to stop E coli from adhering to bladder walls (8). In addition, they protect the cells of the bladder from invasion by potentially harmful bacteria. (9), (10).

Aronia is the richest source of natural anthocyanin and proanthocyanin polyphenols.

Proanthocyanidins

Prior et al. reported the proanthocyanidin content of aronia and determined that they are catechin sub-units with B-type linkages. Proanthocyanidin content of aronia berry, currants, gooseberries, and elderberries were quantified by Wu et al. via normal-phase HPLC. Aronia berries were found to contain 663.7 mg/100 g FW of total proanthocyanidins. This was the highest content of proanthocyanidins among the berries tested, and about 4 times higher than the next highest berry, black currant.(11,12)

How does armé™️ work?

The crucial factor for the onset of urinary tract infections is bacterial adhesion to the cell surface. D-Mannose and proanthocyanidins work by inhibiting bacterial adherence to urothelial cells. Bacteria such as E. coli, contain fimbriae which allow them to attach to receptors on the epithelium of the urinary tract. Once attached, they multiply, colonize and create a biofilm. D-mannose is similar in structure to the binding site of Type 1 fimbriae and polyphenols occupy binding sites of P-fimbriae. When these receptor sites are saturated, bacteria are not able to attach, are trapped in the urine flow and consequently eliminated from the urinary tract.(13-15)

In summary, armé™️ is a natural supplement formulated by a physician containing optimized levels of both polyphenols and D-Mannose that can be your ally in the fight against UTIs.

References:

1) Kranjčec B, et al – D-mannose powder for prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections in women: a randomized clinical trial. World J Urol. 2014 Feb;32(1):79-84.

2) Domenici L, et al – D-mannose: a promising support for acute urinary tract infections in women. A pilot study. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2016 Jul;20(13):2920-5.

3) Ofek I, et al – Mannose-specific adherence of Escherichia coli freshly excreted in the urine of patients with urinary tract infections, and of isolates subcultured from the infected urine. Infect Immun 1981;34:708-11.

4) Rees WD, et al. – Uropathogenic Escherichia coli adherence to uroepithelial bladder cells: role of mannose-specific P fimbriae in initial interaction and attachment during infection.

5) Leclercq R et al. – The role of proanthocyanidins derived from grape seeds in the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections in women.

6) Dorneanu R et al. – Synergic Benefits of Aronia Melanocarpa Anthocyanin-Rich Extracts and Antibiotics Used for Urinary Tract Infections. FARMACIA, 2017, Vol. 65

7) Handeland M et al. -Black chokeberry juice (Aronia melanocarpa) reduces incidences of urinary tract infection among nursing home residents in the long term–a pilot study. Res. 2014 Jun;34(6):518-25. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2014.05.005. Epub 2014 Jun 3.

8) Moreno A, et al. – Inhibitory effect on Escherichia coli adherence to epithelial cells and biofilm formation by phenolic compounds from Aronia melanocarpa.

9) Yamamoto T, et al. – Procyanidin inhibits the invasion of uropathogenic Escherichia coli into human bladder cells by disrupting interactions between bacterial outer membrane proteins and host cytoskeleton via integrin-binding RGD peptides.

10) Moreno A et al. – The inhibitory effect of strawberry and Aronia melanocarpa fruit on biofilm formation by uropathogenic Escherichia coli.

11) Prior, R.L.; Gu, L. Occurrence and biological significance of proanthocyanidins in the American diet. Phytochemistry. 2005, 66, 2264–2280.

12) Wu X et al. – Characterization of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins in some cultivars of Ribes, Aronia, and Sambucus and their antioxidant capacity J. Agric. Food Chem. 2004, 52(26), 7846–7856.

13) Gupta A, et al. – Inhibition of adherence of multi drug resistant E.coli by proanthocyanidin. Urol Res 2012 (40) pp 143-150

14) Venegas MF, et al. Binding of type 1-piliated Escherichia coli to vaginal mucus. Infect Immun 1995;63:416-22.

15) Schaeffer AJ, et al. – Mannose-sensitive adherence of Escherichia coli to epithelial cells from women with recurrent urinary tract infections. J Urol 1984;131:906-10.

The Local Alternative to Acai Berries: Aronia Berries

Nature’s best superfood is ready to replace Acai berries.

Aronia berries (Aronia melanocarpa) are a new superfood that has made its way onto the superfood list thanks to their excellent health benefits.

Aronia berries have been studied in detail and have demonstrated that they are multifaceted antioxidants. ORAC, Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, is one straightforward method of determining a food item’s antioxidant capability. Proanthocyanidins can directly protect against cardiovascular disease, as measured by ORAC values. Aronia, for instance, has 58 percent higher antioxidant levels than blueberries. Aronia berries have one of the highest reported concentrations of PAs of any food.

North America can produce Aronia berries, which is an impressive aspect of the health benefits they provide. They are native species that range from Nova Scotia to Florida and are also known as chokeberries.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture describes black chokeberry also called Aronia Berry, shrubs as a member of the Rose family growing between 3 and 6 feet high. Having fine-toothed leaves with a midrib that is raised and hairless, the leaves have a rich green color during the growing season and turn a beautiful red in the fall. The flowers are bisexual, white, and grow in clusters up to 2 inches across spring. Bees can serve as primary pollinators, however, the flowers are apomictic. Aronia loves full sun but is shade tolerant, drought resistant and can grow in most soil types. The plant is hardy to zone 3 and favored by wildlife.

Fresh Aronia berries can be too astringent for some. The mouth puckering feel of raw berries is due to their tannins and incredible levels of polyphenols. Tannins are compounds that protect plants from bacteria and fungi. The Aronia berry has the highest known concentration of polyphenol antioxidants of any fruit or vegetable.

The berries make a potent dietary supplement and can be found in many forms such as raw juice powder, herbal extract beverage and capsules which contain higher levels than blueberries, acai berries, mangosteen, pomegranate or goji berries to name a few of the current “super-fruits”. Bitter is better! – at least from a health standpoint and Aronia is uniquely bitter and astringent. This is due to the higher tannin content and lower sugar content than other commonly consumed fruits.

An unbiased catalog of Aronia polyphenols as they compare to other berries can be obtained from the published  USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods.  Of note, a direct comparison of Aronia (Chokeberry) and Acai in the same raw form yields a total anthocyanin amount for Aronia of 349.79 mg/100g vs 53.64 mg/100g for Acai, a nearly 7:1 difference.

The quantity and diversity of polyphenols found in Aronia berry rank it as the #1 super fruit currently known. This is verified with data from multiple independent research studies, the comprehensive Phenol – Explorer directory and the USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods.

The take-home message here is – move over acai berry, Aronia berry is the new healthy and powerful superfruit. Packed with antioxidants and health benefits, Aronia is a fantastic find that should be sought out by consumers everywhere.

Aronia melanocarpa, the super fruit that few people know about, but should.

Aronia melanocarpa is the #1 super fruit that few people know about, but should. The North American native, also known as black chokeberry or aronia berry, has been shown to be one of the most potent fruits in terms of antioxidant content. A great deal of research has been done in regards to this plant and the health benefits it provides for those who consume it. Aronia melanocarpa is considered one of the best sources of polyphenols, which have been shown in clinical trials to help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more!

Although Aronia is referred to as a berry, it is actually a pome fruit similar to the rose hip. Aronia berries  are native to the United States and were known and widely consumed by Native Americans primarily in  the form of pemmican, a paste of dried fruit and meat mixed with tallow – the original energy bar! They are mentioned as a sustaining food source in the journals of Lewis and Clark, however, as agricultural  practices in the U.S. industrialized, the plant was unfortunately regarded as a weed and nearly  eradicated. The knowledge and appreciation of Aronia were all but forgotten. Luckily, the plant was  introduced to Russia in the late 1800s and subsequently cultivated throughout Central and Eastern  Europe. Multiple cultivars of Aronia were developed. One of the most successful was developed in  Sweden and termed Viking. Today

For those who may not be familiar with Aronia melanocarpa, here are some interesting facts:

Aronia berries contain high levels of dietary fiber (more than blueberries), vitamin C (three times that of oranges) and anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins are a subgroup of flavonoids and are the pigments that confer the blue, purple, and red color to many fruits.  They are particularly of interest to researchers for their ability to quell free radicals in the body and in their role as prebiotics for healthy gut bacteria.

Aronia is currently the richest known source of dietary anthocyanins. Wu et al. determined the anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin content of aronia, black currant, red currant, gooseberry, and elderberries via UPLC-MS.  They used Aronia melanocarpa fruit, and found cyanidin-3-galactoside (Cy3Gal), cyanidin-3-glucoside (Cy3Glu), cyanidin-3-arabinoside (Cy3Ara), cyanidin-3-xyloside (Cy3Xy), pelargonidin-3-galactoside, pelargonidin-3-arabinoside, cyanidin + rhamnose + pentose, and one non-identified anthocyanin species. Aronia berry had 1,480 mg/100 g FW total anthocyanins, the highest concentration among the berries in the study. Cy3Gal was the predominant anthocyanin, representing 67% of total anthocyanins, followed by Cy3Ara, which represented about 27% of total anthocyanins. Only traces of pelargonidin glycosides were detected. Maata-Riihinen et al. found the anthocyanin content of aronia to be 8,421 mg/kg. The only anthocyanins that they detected were cyanidin derivatives. Aronia had the greatest total anthocyanin content of the 18 berries tested.

Aronia melanocarpa is so rich in anthocyanins, the purple fruit almost appears black. Hence the species name melanocarpa or “black body”

Aronia melanocarpa is an excellent source of vitamin C, containing about 50% of the daily value per 100 grams (25).

Research has shown that aronia can help reduce inflammation in osteoarthritis patients by inhibiting several inflammatory cytokines including interleukin-12 and tumor necrosis factor alpha.

Reference:

 Wu, X.; et al.Characterization of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins in some cultivars of Ribes, Aronia, and Sambucus and their antioxidant capacity J. Agric. Food Chem. 2004, 52(26), 7846–7856.

The Benefits of Elderberry

Elderberries: What Are They? 

Even though there is no magic cure for every illness, elderberry advocates contend that this fruit is among nature’s most versatile remedies. You can find elder trees and plants around the world in about 30 varieties. 

A European version of this plant (also known as Sambucus nigra) has the closest connection to your health. 

The elder tree has a history dating back to 400 BC, and Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” called it his “medicine chest.” 

Nowadays, Elderberry is seen as one of the most healing plants in folk medicine.

Health benefits of Elderberries

The antioxidants and vitamins in elderberries can assist in boosting your immune system. 

Elderberries will tame inflammation, reduce stress, and protect your heart as well. 

Elderberries may help relieve cold and flu symptoms in some cases. 

Elderberries have also been used to treat:

  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Breathing problems caused by infections
  • Constipation
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Stress
  • Kidney problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Skin conditions 

Effectiveness of Elderberry

Anecdotal evidence as well as clinical trials support Elderberry’s reputation for health benefits.

Some Physicians recommend Elderberry as a safe supplement to vitamins B, B6, and E-rich foods included in a healthy diet.

Nutrition by Elderberry

A cup of elderberries contains 52.2 milligrams of vitamin C and 10.2 grams of dietary fibre. 

Additionally, it has these nutrients: 

26.7 grams of carbohydrates 

0.7 grams of fat 

1 gram of protein 

The compound in Elderberry that causes its blue colour lowers inflammation and is an antioxidant.

Uses of Elderberry

Elderberry comes in various forms, including syrups, gummies, tablets, pills, and teas, just as its uses are varied. Among others: 

  • Food colouring
  • Jams
  • Body lotions

On the American market, elderberries are often found as processed versions rather than fresh fruit.

Risks associated with Elderberry

Various experts differ on whether Elderberry is helpful, but most doctors think that small doses are safe. But unripe or uncooked berries or flowers can make you nauseous. 

Other considerations:

  • Pregnant or nursing women should avoid this.
  • Branches, leaves and roots of elderberry should not be consumed
  • Elderberries can cause reactions in people with immune problems. 
  • You may be allergic to it if you develop a rash or have difficulty breathing after consuming it. Since it is a diuretic, be careful if you want to take it with medications that make you urinate more often. 

Consider talking to your doctor before taking Elderberry.

Polyphenols, Aronia and Longevity

Polyphenols are phytochemicals naturally found in fruits and vegetables that contribute to their color,  flavor, and pharmacological activities. They serve as powerful antioxidants and are the very essence of  what makes fruits and vegetables healthy. 

Epidemiological studies and associated meta-analyses strongly indicate that long-term consumption of diets rich in plant polyphenols offers protection against development of cancers, cardiovascular  diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases. Polyphenol use is associated with a  direct change in the count and differentiation of specific immune cells including an increase in T helper  cells, natural killer cells (NK), and macrophages.

In landmark research, “Oxidants, antioxidants, and the Degenerative Diseases of Aging,” published  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 1993, Berkeley researchers concluded, “Low dietary intake of fruits and  vegetables doubles the risk of most types of cancer as compared to high intake and also markedly  increases the risk of heart disease and cataracts”.  

One has only to look at the Blue Zones, five regions in Europe,  Latin America, Asia and the U.S. that have the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world. Despite being  diverse culturally and geographically, one common  denominator is that the residents consume unusually high  amounts of polyphenols in their diets.

Research published in the Journal of Nutrition and Nutritional  Epidemiology (2013) titled, “High Concentrations of a  Urinary Biomarker of Polyphenol Intake Are Associated  with Decreased Mortality in Older Adults,” was the first to  examine the association between measured Total Urinary  Polyphenol (TUP) and reported Total Dietary Polyphenol (TDP)  intake as it related to all-cause mortality. The study demonstrates that overall mortality was reduced by 30% in participants who had polyphenol rich diets (>650 mg/day) in comparison with the participants  who had low polyphenol intakes (<500 mg/day). Mortality reduction was dependent on the objective  measurement of urinary polyphenol concentration, or, what people were actually processing in their diet and not just self-reporting.  

“The amount of antioxidants in your body is directly proportional to  how long you will live.” 

~ Dr. Richard Cutler, former Director of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of  Health 

Adding years to life may not be a primary goal, but adding wellness, or life-to-years is. Longevity is  relevant because a 30% mortality reduction indicates that these older adults were not succumbing to  the major killers of cardiovascular disease, cancer and infection.

Aronia and Skin Health

Aronia Melanocarpa (also known as black chokeberry) is a shrub of the Rosaceae family and
originates from North America. The fruits of A. Melanocarpa have traditionally been used in
North American folk medicine.


Aronia is a rich source of polyphenols with potential medicinal and therapeutic effects. It
has been demonstrated that Aronia extract or juice possesses anti-oxidative, anti-viral,
anti-mutagenic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic activities. Aronia
berries possess the highest anti-oxidant capacity among berries and other fruits
investigated to date.

There has been considerable interest in the use of naturally occurring plant products, including
polyphenols, for the prevention of UV-induced skin photodamage and in reducing the risk of
skin cancer. Polyphenols are among the most promising group of compounds that can be
exploited as ideal protective agents for a variety of skin disorders in general and skin cancer in
particular.

Sunscreen effects
Most of the natural polyphenols are pigments, typically yellow, red or purple, and can absorb UV
radiation. Therefore, when applied topically, they can prevent penetration of the radiation into
the skin. The radiation that polyphenols can absorb includes the entire UVB spectrum of
wavelengths and part of the UVC and UVA spectra. When taken internally as a nutraceutical or
dietary supplement, the polyphenols associated with Aronia have been shown to be an effective
adjunct to topical sunscreen. Studies have demonstrated the efficacy of naturally occurring polyphenols to reduce photo-damaging effects in the skin through the reduction of UV radiation-
induced inflammation, oxidative stress, DNA damage and sun induced immunosuppression.

The polyphenols of Aronia include:

Proanthocyanidins
o Catechin and Epichatechin
Epichatechin is typically associated with green tea (EGCG) and is surprisingly also found in Aronia
o Aronia highest levels among berries
Anthocyanins
o Aronia is the richest known dietary source
o Approx. 2/3 cyanadin-3-galactoside and 1/3 cyanadin-3-arabinoside
Hydroxycinnamic acids
o Caffeic and Chlorogenic acid
o Aronia highest among berries
Flavonols
o Quercetin
o Aronia highest among commercially available berries

The use of natural botanicals in cosmetics and as dietary “internal sunscreens” presents a popular
and rapidly growing trend in skin care. Aronia is well positioned as a
new, polyphenol rich source.
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Elderberry or Aronia Berry

Key Health Benefits

Elderberries are probably the most similar to Aronia berries. In cold and flu season, people seek natural ways to boost their immune systems and lessen the severity and duration of their illness. In addition to a well-balanced diet, the Aronia berry and Elderberry are nutritional supplements that aid in maintaining good health. The Aronia Berry appears to be the superior option despite these differences due to its super antioxidant powers.

Differences in Composition: Key Highlights

Despite the Elderberry’s flavonoids and polyphenols being the most similar to Aronia Berry’s, its antioxidant fighting chemicals fall short of Aronia’s on the ORAC scale. According to the ORAC scale, 100 grams of Elderberry ranked 14,697, while 100 grams of Aronia Berry ranked 16,062.

Vitamin A, C, and fiber are abundant in Aronia and Elderberry berries. While the Elderberry does not have a significant iron, potassium, magnesium, or zinc content, the Aronia Berry does. A considerable amount of vitamins and minerals can be found in the Aronia Berry, essential to optimal health and fitness.

Country of Origin: A Brief History

Elderberries are primarily grown in Europe and North America, much like Aronia berries. Among the world’s Elderberry producing states, Missouri is the world’s largest producer. At the same time, Iowa is the top producer of Aronia Berries, and Poland is the leading producer of Aronia Berries globally.

They share a common history in that Elderberry was a staple of Native American medicine. In addition to encouraging labor and easing headaches, Both berries are also used to treat fever. In Native American cultures, the Aronia Berry is used as a dietary supplement and for treating colic, scrapes, and increasing one’s immunity, among other things.

The Power of Purple

With the cold and flu season rapidly approaching, the Elderberry and the Aronia Berry may help the immune system. While the two berries share similarities, I think the Aronia Berry stands out for its antioxidant potential. Even if the two berries share some similarities, the benefits of the “power of purple” are undeniable.

The Benefits of Aronia Berry

Aronia Berry: What it Can Do For You

The Aronia berry is a tiny, spherical North American fruit. It is the acrid taste of the Aronia berries that gives them the nickname “chokeberries.” But don’t be fooled by their name; chokeberries have numerous health benefits and are safe to eat.

Aronia berries are native to North America. The berries look like miniature cranberries, but they are red or black and grow on shrubs all over North America. Their uses have traditionally included making tea, healing colds, and eating. Globally, these berries are now consumed. They are available fresh, dried, and as juices.

Key Health Benefits

Aronia berries have been examined for the health benefits they provide in laboratory experiments using mice and rats. It is still necessary to confirm these findings in humans, but preliminary research suggests that these berries may help cancer, organ damage, and diabetes patients.

Enhance Insulin Sensitivity

Researchers have found that Aronia berries may prevent insulin resistance in rats. Insulin resistance must investigate these findings further in humans.

Cancer-Resistant Properties

Certain forms of cancer may be slowed by eating Aronia berries. A study found that Aronia berry extract reduced the growth of colon cancer in rats. However, research is still in its early stages, so it is too early to say whether it will have the same effect on humans. An earlier study of the cancer-fighting properties of Aronia berries found that Aronia extracts reduced breast cancer patients’ cell damage.

Organ Functioning

Aronia juice may help improve liver function, according to a recent study. In rats with liver damage, Aronia fruit juice alleviated symptoms and improved liver health. This study is promising, but further experiments are needed to determine if Aronia juice has the same effects in humans.

Research suggests that Aronia berries may boost organ function and combat disease, in addition to being a delightful treat.

What is Aronia Berry

The Aronia Berry: The Mightiest of Superfoods

Aronia berries are one of the latest superfoods, widely known for their abundance of health benefits. The boost in popularity of natural remedies, which work well without having side effects like most prescription drugs today, grows in popularity among consumers.

The popularity of Aronia berries is growing among consumers looking for more superfoods to include in their diets. Aronia berries are native to North America and are also called ‘chokeberries’ because of their sour taste and mouth-drying effect when consumed; however, they have been shown to enhance pie flavors while providing health benefits! This blog post will go over some of the health benefits of this superfood and how you can use it in your diet!

Is Aronia Berry Better Than Other Berries?

Are you aware of the excellent benefits of eating Aronia berries? These delicious blueberry fruits are packed with magnesium, zinc, vitamin B, C, and vitamin K. The antioxidant content of Aronia berries is the highest of any fruit. Antioxidants protect your cells from oxidative damage, which can lead to cancerous growths or heart problems, so they’re good for our health! Besides helping prevent wrinkles, eating antioxidant-rich foods also retains moisture on the skin on top of preventing sun-induced aging. There are so many benefits of fruits with high antioxidant levels, both for the body and the skin!

Top Health Advantages: A Quick Overview

Aronia berries are known for their ability to:

  • combat some types of cancer*
  • Improve blood circulation, digestive, immune system, and respiratory function*
  • reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disorders and liver damage
  • boost immunity against illnesses

lowers insulin resistance

Berries That Fight Aging:

Before we discuss how Aronia berries enhance inside health and wellness, let’s take a look at the body’s biggest organ, the skin. Their high antioxidant content makes Armenia Berries a potent anti-aging ingredient. Your skin is protected from smoking, irritants, and ultraviolet rays, all of which can cause wrinkles and skin aging. With Aronia berries, you’ll stay healthy and young from the inside out!

Using Aronia Berries in A Delicious Way

You can use Aronia berries in many dishes, including smoothies and juices. You can also prepare herbal teas with dried Aronia berries. It would help if you were eating Aronia berries in some form, regardless of how you consume them

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