Chokeberries, or Aronia, are a genus of shrubs that thrive in marshes and damp woods. In addition to having a great flavor, aronia has potent detoxifying properties and the ability to eliminate chemicals in the body that cause cancer. Antioxidants found in the fruit can shield the body from damage caused by free radicals and ward off a host of illnesses. Research has indicated that it can combat cancers of the liver, lungs, breast, and colon in addition to keeping heavy metal buildup in the body at bay.
Besides the rich vitamin B, C and E content, aronia contains flavonoids, minerals and folate as well as anthocyanins, which are responsible for the fruit’s anticancer properties. Aronia can also delay the aging process and strengthen the immune system. Vitamins C and E are powerful antioxidants that can defeat bacteria and viruses and reduce inflammation. Consuming the fruit regularly can reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while also improving the function of the thyroid.
And the health benefits of the fruit don’t stop there – aronia works great against most digestive problems such as stomachache, indigestion, diarrhea and mucosal inflammation. The fruit can relieve gallstone and support proper liver function. Aronia can promote weight loss as well, although we suggest consulting a doctor first before using it to lose weight or treat any ailment.
How to prepare aronia juice
The best way to use the fruit is to freeze it – just pack it in 1 kg. bags and defrost as needed. Aronia handles low temperatures pretty well and can be easily juices, so you won’t have to worry about the freezing process destroying its nutrients. When the fruit thaws, the juice is far less bitter, which is a great advantage.
The best way to prepare aronia juice is through a juicer or foods processor. There’s no need to add anything to the juice, although some people dilute it with water. The juice should be consumed within 24 hours. You can freeze it just like the fruit, but remember – once thawed, aronia shouldn’t be frozen again.
For best results, experts suggest drinking a glass of aronia juice in the morning before breakfast. Sick people should do so before every meal. The juice is completely safe for children, although the recommended dosage is ½ a glass a day. Keep the aronia juice in a dark and cool place or in the fridge to prevent it from spoiling.