Black ChokeberryAugust 24, 2011 Written by JP [Font too small?]
Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) isn’t exactly a household name. A select group of researchers in Poland are trying to change that and with good reason. At least five studies conducted over the past decade suggest that A. melanocarpa extracts may be the medicine of the future for patients living with metabolic syndrome. Anthocyanins, a class of antioxidants found in black chokeberries, appear to counter various pre-diabetic and pre-heart disease related risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome. A daily dosage of 300 mg of black chokeberry anthocyanins (100 mg / thrice daily) has been shown to: improve circulation, increase antioxidant enzyme levels and reduce numerous cardiovascular and diabetic threats including high blood pressure, fasting glucose, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
At the moment, the availability of black chokeberry extract is somewhat limited. However, the need to find effective and safe options for metabolic syndrome is growing at a fast clip. This may provide the perfect circumstance to introduce this obscure berry to a wider audience.
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To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:
Study 1 – Short-Term Supplementation with Aronia Melanocarpa Extract Improves … (link)
Study 2 – Aronia Melanocarpa Extract Reduces Blood Pressure, Serum Endothelin … (link)
Study 3 – Effect of Anthocyanins from Aronia melanocarpa On Blood Pressure … (link)
Study 4 – Effects of Aronia Melanocarpa Juice As Part of the Dietary Regimen in … (link)
Study 5 – The Influence of Anthocyanins from Aronia Melanocarpa on Selected … (link)
Chokeberry Extracts May Support Healthy Circulation
Source: J Appl Physiol. 2006 Apr;100(4):1164-70. (link)
Tags: Antioxidants, Berries, Metabolic Syndrome
Posted in Diabetes, Heart Health, Nutritional Supplements