Aronia, AKA Chokeberry

chokeberryby atranswe

Today, we are celebrating one of the unsung heroes of the superfood world. You may have encountered a few of the better-known, wonderful juices, berries and other superfoods packing excellent antioxidants as well as other health benefits but I bet you never thought to include a berry called the chokeberry. Am I right?  Well, a little tartness is a small price to pay for all the benefits you can enjoy from this berry. It’s a native of most of the eastern U.S. and if you don’t have access to the fresh berries, you can sometimes find them available frozen. The chokeberry has more antioxidant ability than the strawberry, blueberry or cranberry. This fabulous berry has high amounts of catechins, the substance most often associated with green tea and most helpful for heart and circulatory health. Current research suggests that it may: increase the body’s insulin production and lower blood sugar levels.  Also, it’s looking promising that chokeberries inhibit breast, colon and skin tumors.

Now, with all of these potential terrific benefits, a little tartness isn’t so bad is it?

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