Getting to know aronia berries

Berryactives offers New Zealand grown, freeze-dried aronia berries, which are known for their antioxidant properties. Take a deeper look into what an aronia berry is and why it’s considered to be so good.

Words: Lara Wyatt

First of all, let’s find out where the aronia berry comes from. Aronia is a shrub that’s native to North America, and the berries that grow on this shrub are called aronia berries. Berryactives’ aronia berries, however, are grown pesticide-free in Central Otago, New Zealand.

According to Berryactives, there’s increasing scientific evidence that suggests including aronia in your diet may help you move to a more natural form of health maintenance. The potential health benefits that aronia berries offer stem from the fact that they are one of the world’s richest available sources of anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins generally appear naturally in foods that are red, purple, blue or black in colour, and they provide a high level of antioxidants. Anthocyanins are thought to help control sugar metabolism and to have strong anti-inflammatory effects. They also play a unique role in controlling fat cell function by regulating the release of the hormone adiponectin.

Aronia is also a source of many vitamins and minerals like magnesium, iron, vitamin C and B and even zinc.                           

Berryactives offers freeze-dried aronia for health-conscious people, and the great thing about their product is that its been analysed for its nutritional and antioxidant properties by The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd. The findings were that Berryactives’ aronia has “amongst the highest antioxidant activity (as measured by the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assay) of any berryfruit to date.”           

To learn more about Berryactives’ aronia, or to try it out, head to berryactives.co.nz

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