Aronia melanocarpa, or Choke berries, are little dark fruits that grow on the shrubs native to North America. Due to a growing and consistent trend in consuming healthier foods, Aronia berries have become quite the reputable superfood over the last few years.
These versatile little berries can be found in various forms these days, from jams and juices, to syrups and supplements. They offer a rich source of Vitamin C, dietary fibre, and powerful antioxidants which have purported immune-boosting properties. In fact the antioxidant content of the Aronia berry is said to be far greater than the blueberry.
While both Aronia and elderberries originate from North America and share a similar nutritional profile when it comes to their vitamin C and dietary fibre content, they are not from the same botanical family. The Aronia berry trumps the elderberry when it comes to its offerings of Iron, Zinc and Potassium too, which are far superior.
History tells us that Native American Indians would use Aronia berries to treat colds, and to this day they are still recommended by many herbalists for maintaining a healthy Immune System. Given the rich antioxidant profile of Aronia berries, it is safe to say that they may also benefit those individuals looking to maintain healthy looking skin.