Aronia Berries Show Cholesterol Benefit For Metabolic Syndrome

Another “super-berry” to help manage pre diabetes metabolic syndrome.

aronia berries pre diabetes metabolic syndrome managementThere are numerous posts about the nutritional value of various berries throughout Nutrientology. Another berry with an exceptional antioxidant capacity is the aronia berry also known as the chokeberry or black chokeberry. A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition (August 2011) looked at the effect of aronia berry extract on its ability to improve blood flow measures and reduce markers of clotting in people with prediabetes metabolic syndrome and 14 healthy people.  Maintaining good blood flow to the feet and legs is an important outcome of good pre diabetes metabolic syndrome management.

Participants received 100 mg three times per day of aronia berry extract daily for two months.
After two months of supplementation, results showed a “significant reduction” in a number of cardiovascular health markers including:

  • total cholesterol
  • LDL-cholesterol
  • triglycerides.

They also reported:

  • “a significant decrease in the overall potential for coagulation was induced after 1 or 2 months of supplementation.” 
  • “after one month of aronia melanocarpa extract supplementation, we observed a beneficial reduction in the overall potential for clot formation.”

The potential benefits of aronia extract (Aronia melanocarpa) is apparently related to the high anthocyanin content of the berries and its high antioxidant value, measured in terms of Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC). The total anthocyanin content in chokeberries has been reported at 1480 mg per 100 g of fresh berries, while the proanthocyanidin content is around 660 mg per 100 grams.

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About Robert Creighton

Dr. Creighton is a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 26 years in podiatric practice treating thousands of patients afflicted with the physiological, physical, and psychological side effects and complications of diabetes and pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. He believes these disorders present a pressing public health concern that need to be more actively addressed in a multidisciplinary way. Dr. Creighton graduated from what is now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a member of the American Public Health Association, an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and a Member of the American Nutrition Association.

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