Aronia berries have been shown in studies to have measurable health benefits in many areas including cardiovascular health, glycemic support (healthy glucose metabolism), antioxidant capacity, anti-inflammatory effects, and even cancer. Here are just a few examples:
- In a 2011 study, aronia berry extract exhibited anti-inflammatory effects in human aortic endothelial cells, which is important for combating conditions such as atherosclerosis. (Zapolska-Downar et at., 2011)
- A 2009 human study concluded that regular aronia berry intake had a beneficial effect on endothelial function and lipid metabolism, showing decreases in serum total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Another human study indicated that aronia berry intake reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as other cardiovascular risk markers like C-reactive protein. (Naruszewicz et al., 2007)
- In the area of glycemic support, human studies have reported that aronia berry helped to normalize carbohydrate metabolism in insulin-dependent diabetic pregnant women, as well as lower fasting blood glucose levels and have a beneficial effect on HbA1c. (Pawlowicz et al.)
- Preliminary cancer studies showed that aronia berry had a marked effect on diffusing invasion by invasive brain gliomas and causing cell death in malignant brain tumor cell lines. (Rooprai, 2003)
- Preliminary studies showed that aronia berries had a toxic effect on colon cancer cells without being equally toxic to normal colon cells (Zhao et al., 2004)
- Several human clinical studies are currently underway (In the U.S.)