Wellness Benefits of Aronia Berries

Posted: 07/06/2021

Aronia berries are small, dark-colored berries that are known for their high levels of antioxidants.* These healthful berries are native to North America, and played an important role in the traditions of Native American and First Nation tribes. Today aronia berries are considered a superfood and are recognized as one of the richest sources of plant antioxidants on the planet.*

Delicious & Healthful Aronia Berry Tea

Give your body a boost with Aronia Elderberry Rooibos SuperDigest Tea®. This distinctive tea contains organic fermented aronia berry, elderberry and rooibos, plus 1 billion CFUs (colony forming units) of the probiotic DE111 Bacillus subtilis per tea bag. 

Delight in the tangy flavor of aronia berry blended with the deep, bright taste of elderberry. A base of naturally fermented rooibos rounds out this full and satisfying cup. Sip this naturally caffeine-free infusion of fermented berries and herbs daily to support your overall wellness.*

Wellness Benefits of Aronia Berries

Aronia berries top the list on antioxidant content of all berries, with an ORAC score of 16,000 per 100 grams of aronia berries.* ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, and is the most well-known lab test for measuring a food’s antioxidant capacity.* 

Compare the ORAC scores of some of the most antioxidant-rich berries per 100 grams below:

  • Aronia berries: 16,000
  • Elderberries: 14,000
  • Cranberries: 9,000
  • Blackberries: 6,000

Antioxidants may support immune health by protecting cells from oxidative damage that contribute to chronic disease.* 

Aronia berries also pack a high nutritional punch with just one ounce of aronia berries containing ten percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C.* Aronia berries are a source of manganese, folate, iron and vitamins K, A and E.*

Aronia Berry Origins and History

Though aronia berries are considered to be a relatively “new” superfood, they actually have a long and storied history on the North American continent. Aronia shrubs are native to the northeastern coast of the United States and Canada, and can sometimes be found growing in the midwest and southern states. 

The aronia plant has long been recognized for its health-enhancing properties by Native Americans. The leaves, twigs and berries were all used to prepare medicinal teas and tinctures to treat fevers, colds, coughs and other ailments. Aronia berry juice was used in healing cuts and abrasions.

Native Americans prepared a type of cured, tenderized meat known as pemmican by pounding aronia berries with a mixture of fat and dried elk, buffalo, bison or other wild game meat. This nutrient-rich food had a similar composition to today’s energy bars, and would sustain them on journeys and throughout the cold winter months.

Aronia shrubs were crowded out of their natural habitat to make space for monocrops during the industrial revolution. Fortunately, aronia was introduced to Europe in the early 1900s and farmers in Russia, Poland and Scandinavia began growing and cultivating the plant. Aronia was later reintroduced to North America — first as an ornamental landscaping bush, and eventually as a superfruit when the plant’s wellness benefits were rediscovered in the 2000s.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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