Chokeberry – an underestimated treasure of nature

Cara Marshall

This close cousin of the rowanberry hides a treasury of vitamin C, B vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin E, fiber, copper, manganese, and iodine, as well as a wealth of anthocyanins, which give it its dark color.


Chokeberry - a rejuvenating fruit?

Chokeberry contains a lot of antioxidants that neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals that stimulate aging processes. The biggest role in this process is attributed to anthocyanins, natural pigments also present in other red-purple fruits and vegetables such as grapes, black currants, cherries, cranberries, and eggplants. Chokeberry is the record holder when it comes to the content of this pigment and its antioxidant capacity - in 100 g there is about 0.5 g of it. Thanks to this, it can be attributed to numerous advantages for health and beauty.

Anthocyanins - purple heart healer

Chemical structure of Anthocyanins
Chemical structure of Anthocyanins

Anthocyanins belong to polyphenols, which are beneficial compounds found in plants usually in the presence of sugars. In addition to their rejuvenating effects, they are also attributed with beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system.

Clinical studies show that they contribute to the strengthening of blood vessels and increase their elasticity, unclog the blood flow in capillaries, have pressure-regulating properties. Due to these features, it is recommended to consume the fruit in various forms for the prevention of hypertension, atherosclerosis, or ischemic heart disease, as well as for issues with fragile blood vessels.

In defense against dementia and on guard of fat metabolism

The richness of antioxidants in the fruit prevents not only the visible aging of the skin but also the degeneration of all organs of the body, including our most important organ - the brain. It contributes to the inhibition of changes in this organ, which, as they progress, can lead to deterioration of cognitive functioning (memory, concentration, and attention) and even dementia.

Anti-cancer support

From time to time, references about the anti-cancer power of this tart fruit are shown. Clinical studies have shown that animals treated with chokeberry extract were less likely to develop cancer than their companions who were not given it.

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