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Medicine Hunter talks aronia berries

While elderberry from Austria. acai from the Amazon, maqui from Patagonia and sea-buckthorn berry from Northern Asia have all made headlines as super berries packed with nutrition, a lesser known North American berry is gaining ground and is poised to hit the nutritional spotlight as a world class super berry: ARONIA.

Commonly found wild in woodlands and swamps, aronia is also known as chokeberry, due to its astringent flavor. The berries grow naturally in three colors- red, purple and black/purple. Aronia melanocarpa the black/purple species, has a much deeper purple color than blueberries, which are also North American natives. The berry is now being cultivated, and that cultivation is expanding in anticipation of the berr)’s impending popularity.

The deep purple color of Aronia melanocarpa has attracted a lot of scientific attention. Purple fruits by virtue of their color are rich in the category of antioxidants known as anthocyanins. These pigments demonstrate potent cell-protective properties, and are also anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce systemic inflammation – a key factor in the development of chronic diseases.

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