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Aronia

Aronia is one of the most useful and valuable fruits for health, if the name of this plant is translated from Latin “Ar├│nia melanoc├írpa” it means “useful black fruit”.

Dark blue, almost black color of the fruits and colors reminiscent of those of rowan, even the Russian name of this translated into Bulgarian is black rowan or just black rowan.

The beneficial properties of aronia are unique, however, this plant gained greater popularity only at the beginning of the 20th century. The health benefits of using aronia are due to its specific, extremely diverse vitamin-mineral composition.

Aronia fruit composition

Each fruit of this plant is a kind of storehouse, which includes vitamins and provitamin substances – beta carotene, ascorbic acid, tocopherol, vitamin E, K, P, niacin, B1 , B2, B6.

Aronia fruits also contain anthocyanins, pectin, organic acids, mineral salts of manganese, cobalt, copper, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, chromium, lead, selenium, nickel, aluminum and boron.

These fruits are also a source of flavonoids, tannins and many other compounds /sugars and substances that include proteins/.

Beneficial properties

Regular consumption of aronia has an extremely beneficial effect on the whole organism and on the immune system. The fruits are used both raw and processed.

They are used to make jam, jam, compotes, as well as for making marmalade. The taste of fresh aronia is quite sour, but there are so many ways to process it that a person can make these fruits as he likes and take advantage of their beneficial properties.

Aronia significantly improves blood composition, cleanses the body of harmful cholesterol, stimulates blood-forming processes and prevents anemia. But these fruits make the blood plasma thicker.

This is useful in coagulation disorders, but not always good when a person is prone to thrombosis. Pectin and tannins help cleanse the intestines of slags, toxins and heavy metals.

Aronia fruits help to strengthen the walls of blood vessels, which makes them resistant to the pressure of the blood flow and more elastic. This normalizes heart function and lowers blood pressure.

The high content of iodine in chokeberry has a beneficial effect on the functions of the endocrine system and the thyroid gland.

These fruits are also good for digestion, as they facilitate the easier absorption of nutrients by helping to increase the acidity of gastric juices.

They also act as a choleretic agent and limit the spasms of the smooth stomach muscles.
The abundance of valuable bioactive substances makes chokeberry fruits very useful for the human immune system.

With their regular use, the body’s defenses are significantly increased, its resistance to a wide range of pathogenic bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms causing infectious diseases is increased, and the healing process is accelerated.

Aronia is useful for people who suffer from hypertension, allergies and diabetes.

These fruits are also necessary for those who want to get rid of extra pounds and regain their slim figure.

The caloric content of chokeberry is low, totaling 55 kilocalories per 100 grams, and thanks to the high content of anthocyanins, these fruits help to overcome the false feeling of hunger and also prevent overeating.

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