|Sarah McGowan-Freije, NatureCity author & contributor|
Another health benefit has been found for chokeberry (aronia berry) and grape seeds. According to a new study from the University of Lodz in Poland, they may help stop dangerous blood clotting, also known as thrombosis.
Thrombosis can lead to the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), coronary heart disease, and stroke.
The findings were published in the September 2011 issue of Fitoterapia.
The study was conducted in vitro on fresh plasma and human thrombin (a protein that contributes to blood clotting). The scientists incubated the samples with 0.5, 5, or 50 micrograms per milliliter of extracts of either aronia berries or grape seeds.
The researchers observed that both the aronia berry extract and the grape seed extract resulted in prolonged clotting time and slowed down the speed at which the clots formed. They believe that both extracts could be useful in the prevention of thrombosis.
Aronia berries have one of the highest antioxidant counts of any fruit. They have been linked to numerous health benefits including reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, inflammation, diabetes, and neurological problems.
Grape seeds are also high in antioxidants and are have been linked with lowering blood pressure, improving the appearance of skin, improving vision, and helping with joint pain.
Aronia berries and grape seeds are not items that you would want to add to your diet, as neither tastes very good. Instead, consider taking a high quality supplement.