There are constantly new studies demonstrating the incredible benefits of antioxidants and aronia berries. From helping lower blood pressure to reducing inflammation, the health benefits of the superfruit continue being discovered.
Several studies have been conducted at research universities throughout the United States and in Poland to understand the benefits of the aronia berry and its antioxidants. Polyphenols are one of the compounds found in aronia that make it such a beneficial fruit. Foods rich in polyphenols are associated with a lower incidence of heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric disorders, and other chronic illnesses. Oxidative stress is thought to play a role in the progression of these diseases, which is why the powerful antioxidants in aronia berries could have a positive effect on preventing and reversing such diseases.
Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other types of dementia can be affected by environmental toxins like insecticides and herbicides. One compound commonly used in herbicides is paraquat (PQ), which has a direct link to neurotoxicity, which can increase risk of neurodegenerative diseases. The polyphenol-rich aronia berry has antioxidant protective effects against PQ neurotoxicity.
The cancer-fighting properties in black raspberries are linked to the phytonutrients and antioxidants that are found in aronia berries at higher amounts. A concentration of black raspberry extract was found to inhibit angiogenesis in cancer tumors during an in-lab experiment. More research needs to be conducted before black raspberry or aronia is incorporated into medical treatments, but there seems to be a relationship between the antioxidants and their cancer-fighting properties.