Here’s a look at one more of the 21 super foods & fruits in the Freelife Jule of the Orient Jiaogulan tonic, In this case it’s the aronia berry (also called the chokeberry). I continue to find what I am discovering about each of the nutrients more and more fascinating. This truly is quite an outstanding product.
Native Americans in North America used the aronia berry for medicinal purposes, for making dyes for clothing, and for preserving meats and other foods.
Aronia berries are mainly known to have the highest level of antioxidants of any fruit. This translates to the aronia berry having an ORAC (oxygen radical absorptive capacity) score or value, which is higher than any other food.
Antioxidants work to reduce the damage caused by free radicals in the body. And ORAC is a measuring indicator of an antioxidant’s power to neutralize free radicals. However, keep in mind ORAC is only a measure of antioxidant potential in a test tube and doesn’t mean it will have the same effect in the human body. I’m certainly not saying all antioxidant products are like this, but the potential exists to create a product with a very high off the charts ORAC score and it would be nearly worthless as far an antioxidant capacity in the human body.
Also even if it is effective in the human body ORAC scores over a certain amount are worthless – the human body can only benefit from a certain ORAC score on a daily basis (About 5000 ORAC per day). Beyond that the human body can’t process the remaining amount.
The antioxidant power of the aronia berry is largely due to its high concentration of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, both of which are largely responsible for the aronia berry’s dark, almost black, color.
Anthocyanins is a pigment that causes the red, blue or purple colour of plants, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Anthocyanins are flavonoids which help to keep arteries clear, so they are good for cardiovascular health.
The aronia berry also contains vitamins B2, B6, E, C and Folic Acid (another B-vitamin).
Studies have shown the aronia berry can benefit or support blood circulation, urinary tract health, heart health and gastrointestinal health.