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Aronia (also known as chokeberry) has been commonly referred to as “nature’s best kept secret” despite its incredible health and wellness benefits. But its popularity is growing exponentially and those who have discovered aronia recognize it as one of the original and true superfruits. Aronia is actually native to North America but after decades of being predominantly grown and marketed in Poland and Eastern Europe, aronia is making a comeback in the United States. Artemis International pioneered this effort of bringing America’s superfruit back home, and now works closely with growers across the country to educate, build awareness, and grow the market.

The aronia plant is extremely hardy and berries are typically harvested between late August and early October. Aronia berries have a very unique flavor and are quite tart from the high content of tannins (hence the nickname “chokeberry”). In addition to being a natural colorant, aronia has also gained popularity as a healthy food source with the fruit and juice used as ingredients in beverages, confections, baked goods, jams, fillings, sauces, wines, etc. These phytonutrient-packed berries have also been widely studied in research programs seeking to improve health through the use of natural ingredients for food and medicinal use. The most significant scientific findings so far have been in the areas of cardiovascular support, glucose metabolism, cellular health, gastric support, anti-inflammatory activity, and antioxidant capacity. Its high antioxidant capacity is in part due to the high content of anthocyanins. Aronia’s unique anthocyanin profile is also what contributes to its myriad of measureable health benefits. This is definitely a dark berry you will want to remember.

Aronia Health

  • Contains the HIGHEST anthocyanin content compared to other fruits and vegetables
  • Contains one of the HIGHEST antioxidant capacities compared to any other North American cultivated berry
  • Supports a healthy cardiovascular system
  • Supports healthy glucose metabolism
  • Promotes healthy aging, immune, and inflammation responses
  • Offers gastric support

Product Applications

Artemis’ aronia powders and extracts are ideal for a variety of applications including functional foods and beverages, dietary supplements, and as natural colorants. They are suitable for use in capsules, tablets, drink mixes, cosmetics, and more. Fresh berries make great additions to baked goods, smoothies, bars, etc.

Product Forms

Frozen Whole Aronia

The whole-food berries in their original form from nature and ready to be enjoyed raw or added to any food application to enhance flavor, color, and functionality.

Standardized Aronia 15% Powder

A standardized excipient-free extract powder made from whole European Aronia. This fine, rich powder has a pungent, distinct aronia flavor. This extract is dark purple in color and contains a minimum ORAC value of 6,000, an anthocyanin level of at least 15% and a polyphenol level of at least 40%.

Aronia Juice Concentrate

A luscious, bold, tart concentrate that is all-natural and packed with antioxidants. This 65 Brix concentrate is the foundation for a multitude of healthy and refreshing beverages.

Aronia Juice Powder

A pink-red powder that is spray dried onto a GMO-free maltodextrin excipient. This versatile fruit powder delivers the full-spectrum aronia phytonutrients.

Aronia Sweet and Dried Berries

Aronia berries infused with sugar and glucose-fructose syrup; citric acid as an acidity regulator; potassium sorbate as a preservative.

Health Benefits

Researchers have shown that anthocyanins play an important role in cardiovascular disease. Naruszewicz et al. (2007) conducted a human pilot clinical trial where patients with myocardial infarction were treated with aronia. The study reported that aronia intake reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as other cardiovascular risk markers like C-reactive protein in these patients. A 2009 human study by Poreba et al. concluded that regular intake of aronia juice had a beneficial effect on endothelial function and lipid metabolism in men with mild hypercholesterolemia. During the study, significant decreases in serum total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels were observed. In vivo studies performed by ValchevaKuzmanova et al. (2007) also showed that an aronia juice treatment significantly hindered the elevation of plasma total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in rats fed a highcholesterol diet. Bell et al., (2006) at the Indiana School of Medicine (ISOM), showed that of all berry extracts tested, aronia provided the best cellular protection from oxidative injury and had a direct vasorelaxation effect on the arterial endothelium through the stimulation of nitric oxide (NO). A further study through ISOM showed increased flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery in human subjects (Gerlib et al., 2002).
Diabetes incidence is on the rise and high blood glucose in adults with diabetes further increases the risk for metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Several initial studies have indicated the role of aronia in supporting healthy glucose metabolism. Pawlowicz et al. (2000) reported that aronia helped to normalize carbohydrate metabolism in insulin-dependent diabetic pregnant women. A 2002 human study by Simeonov et al. showed that aronia was effective in lowering fasting blood glucose levels and had a beneficial effect on HbA1c, total cholesterol and lipid levels. Similar results were observed in animal models of diabetes. ValchevaKuzmanova et al. (2007) found that aronia significantly reduced plasma glucose and triglycerides to levels that did not significantly differ from those of the normal control rats. Jurgónski et al. (2008) also reported comparable results as well as an improvement in antioxidant status.
In an animal model of gastric injury, Matsumoto et al. (2004) discovered that aronia anthocyanins exhibited a significant protective effect on gastric mucosa in a dose-dependent manner. In a separate study by Valcheva-Kuzmanova et al. (2005) the results showed that a pretreatment of aronia juice diminished the number and area of indomethacin-induced gastric lesions in rats. Histopathological examination demonstrated that the aronia induced an increase in gastric mucus production, further contributing to its gastroprotective effect. This same group of researchers reported hepatoprotective effects of aronia as well in 2006. In the case of pancreatitis, it has been reported that progression of the disease may be induced by excessive generation of free radicals. Jankowska et al. (1999) determined that anthocyanins derived from aronia suppressed pancreatic edema in rats with pancreatitis and suppressed free radicals by inhibiting lipid peroxidation and inactivating adenosine deaminase.
Berry anthocyanins have long been recognized as potent antioxidants and therefore help to maintain a healthy balance of free radicals in the body. aronia continues to exhibit exceptional anticarcinogenic activity via other mechanisms as well. In 2003, Rooprai et al. showed that Artemis’ aronia extract introduced to highly malignant brain tumor cell lines down-regulated expression of CD44 and various matrix metalloproteinases, and killed cancer cells within 24 hours. When combined with other botanical ingredients, aronia helped to induce apoptosis and affect pathways underlying diffuse invasion by invasive brain gliomas. Artemis’ aronia has also inhibited colon cancer cell growth without harming normal colon cells in vitro (Malik et al., 2003). In independent studies at University of Maryland, Cornell, and Purdue, aronia showed significant apoptosis in various cancer cell lines.
The results of a 2005 in vivo animal study by Ohgami et al. suggest that aronia extract has a dose-dependent anti-ocular inflammatory effect that is due to the direct blocking of the expression of the iNOS and COX-2 enzymes and leads to the suppression of the production of NO, PGE2, and TNF-alpha. Preliminary in vitro studies also report antiviral and antimicrobial implications for aronia.