Chokeberry – The healthiest plant in the world
Chokeberry is a powerful, completely natural weapon for prevention of different diseases, but also for fighting diseases when they have already occurred. The strongest type of chokeberry is the so called Siberian chokeberry that is being grown in conditions of cold climate and intact nature.
Chokeberry is also called the ingredient of the future due to the fact that it has strong healing effects on human body.
Chokeberry efficiently cleanses the body from toxins and heavy metals and that is what makes this plant an excellent prevention against malignant diseases. Studies have shown that it has anti-cancerous effects because it kills a great percentage of the malignant cells of brain tumor, as well as lung, breast, colon and liver tumors. It is an extraordinary antioxidant and not only it prevents the formation of free radicals, but it also prevents them from attacking the healthy body cells and the blood plasma, making the process of aging slower and preventing the development of chronic diseases.
The antioxidant capacity of chokeberry and its juice is much bigger than the one of blueberry or the rest of the berries, fruits known as the source of antioxidants. Chokeberry is abundant in tannins and flavonoids, as well as antocianins which play the main role, and this makes the chokeberry the most powerful antioxidant known. 100 grams of ripe chokeberry fruits contain 16 100 ORAC units, while the daily amount tissues need for protection is 3 000 to 5 000 ORAC units.
Numerous studies have revealed that this plant with dark berries improves the blood circulation in the blood vessels, and using it on a daily basis will reduce the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and thus protect the cardiovascular system. It relieves headaches and migraines, efficiently lowers blood pressure and has positive effects on the mucous membrane of the intestines and the stomach. Moreover, chokeberry is known to boost the immunity of the body in general, to reduce inflammations, to prevent development of viral and bacterial infections of the urinary tract, and it also improves the function of the gallbladder and the liver. Ripe chokeberry fruits and chokeberry juice contain great amounts of beta carotene and zeaxantine, which protects the cells from damage, the eyes from grey cataract, and the skin from the harmful sun rays and melanoma. Chokeberry regulates the function of the pancreas and the levels of blood sugar, and that is why it should be used for treating diabetes and metabolic syndrome, and it is highly recommended for people who suffer from diabetes. It is also beneficial when it comes to irregular function of the thyroid gland, it stimulates the healing of wounds, it slows down the process of skin aging by preventing wrinkles and stretch marks, and it is also beneficial for treating inflammations and varicose veins. Chokeberry also provides a powerful protection from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition, chokeberry is a rich source of biologically active compounds. It contains more than 300 of them. When it comes to vitamins, it contains all essential nutrients – C, A, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and when it comes to minerals, it is rich in zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, phosphor, and iodine.
Numerous chokeberry products appeared recently on the market, including juices, teas, but, for best results, chokeberries should be consumed fresh. it is enough that you take about 200-300 grams of chokeberry a day. In order to be available on the market throughout the whole year, chokeberry can be sold frozen, dried, in the form of marmalade, juice, syrup, wine, liqueur, and so on. Nevertheless, it would be the best if you could find a cold pressed chokeberry juice and drink a glass of it a day.
Chokeberries resemble blueberries, but…
Chokeberry is actually a tiny, small, dark blue berry that is really similar to blueberry. It grows in a bush, high up to two meters. The eatable and healing part of the plant is the fruit, which has an astringent taste, and it can stay on the bush for up to two months time. It is usually harvested towards the end of august and in September. There are three types of chokeberry – black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa), dark red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) and purple chokeberry (Aronia prunifolia). It belongs to the family of roses Rosacea. None of the chokeberry types has enemies in nature, or parasites, so this plant is never treated with pesticides, herbicides and the like, meaning that chokeberry is one of the few ecologically and organically grown berries.
Conditions it thrives best in…
After the discovery of chokeberry’s healing powers towards the end of the seventieth of the previous century, this fruit becomes massively grown throughout Europe. It originates from the eastern part of North America, (nowadays Canada), and it has been long known among the American Indians as a valuable dietary and healing plant. Chokeberry fruits have been dried and grinded, and then combined with meat and flour. The fresh chokeberry fruits have been most commonly used for treating digestive issues and constipation, flu and colds, and chokeberry leaves have been used for preparation of tea which has been used for healing wounds. It thrives best in areas with cold climate where the winter lasts for 5-6 months, and the summers are mild with temperatures up to 20 degrees Celsius.
What is Siberian chokeberry and why is it different from other chokeberries?
Thanks to the fact that chokeberry copes well with winter and frost, i.e. temperatures up to -47 C degrees, it has reached up to Russia and Siberia. Chokeberry does not suffer consequences from extremely low temperatures. Siberian chokeberry or lat. Aronia melanocarpa contains great amounts of polyphenol, vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene, making it one of the most powerful antioxidants examined.
Out of all chokeberry types, Aronia melanocarpa has the highest quality. It is also known as wild type and it has only 10-15 berries in a cluster, but these berries are three times stronger and healthier than the cultivated, grafted types. The Russian soil which is rich in minerals provides a naturally diverse palette of minerals, without the need of additional fertilizers.
Russian biologist Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin has studied and proved the power of chokeberry towards the end of the nineteenth century. The contemporary scientists have shown an interest in this plant only in the 90’s of the previous century, which was followed by a number of new studies conducted in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland, Canada, USA, and Russia. It is interesting that chokeberry was used after the accident in Chernobyl for reducing the symptoms of the people who were exposed to radiation.
Safe to use…
Siberian chokeberry juice is safe for consumption from the first year of human life, and it is also safe for pregnant women, as it does not provoke sickness. It is also gluten-free, so it is safe for people who follow various gluten-free diets as well.