Aronia: A Small Berry With Great Virtues

Aronia, which has the appearance of a blueberry and the taste of a black cherry, is considered a super food because of its high antioxidant content.

Where does Aronia come from?

Very little known in Canada, Aronia actually originates from North America but it is also found in Russia and Scandinavian countries. Amerindians have consumed it for centuries to feed and heal themselves. It is even called a “healing plant”. It is considered a super food because of its high antioxidant content.

A food with exceptional virtues

Aronia is a powerful cardiovascular protector: its consumption improves blood circulation and lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. It also regulates blood pressure by making the artery walls more flexible. It is rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-aggregating properties, which limits the formation of clots and thus reduces the risk of cardiovascular accidents.

Aronia has an important role in blood sugar levels: it regulates peak blood sugar levels because of its low glycemic index (low sugar content). Due to its high concentration of antioxidants, polyphenols and vitamin C, it is a powerful “booster” of the immune system. It could also have protective aims against winter aggressions and could also help to fight against the appearance of certain cancers.

From a nutritional point of view, the interest of this berry lies in its extreme richness in vitamins C, B1, B2, A, folic acid, antioxidants (flavonoids, anthocyanins) and fibre. Due to its low sugar and calorie content, it also has slimming properties.

Interesting for athletes

This powerful antioxidant food will provide vitality and stimulation by facilitating any physical effort and accelerating recovery.

Antioxidants will protect tissues against the aggression of free radicals. Present in the body, they are sometimes made in excess during intense sports practice. These free radicals represent unstable elements that will mate with the cells and destroy healthy cells, causing premature aging of our cells. To fight against this harmful phenomenon, the body will therefore use antioxidants.