Chokeberries May Lower Blood Pressure and Inflammation
High blood pressure and inflammation both contribute to cardiovascular disease, a leading killer in the United States. A recent study suggests that chokeberry juice or powder may improve blood pressure and reduce some markers of inflammation.
Participants in the study included 38 people who were given either 300 ml of cold-pressed chokeberry juice, three grams of oven-dried chokeberry powder, or a placebo daily for eight weeks. All of the participants underwent all of the interventions, with no washout period in between.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted la 1.64 mmHg decrease in daytime ambulatory diastolic blood pressure in the chokeberry groups. They also noted a decrease in markers of inflammation, including interleukin 10 and tumor necrosis factor.
They did not note any changes in lipids, lipoproteins, glucose, or platelet aggregation.
Researchers from the Finland Department of Health and the University of Turku, also in Finland, conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on September 14, 2016, in Nutrition Research.
Chokeberries are also known as aronia berries. 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.
Chokeberries are not an item that you would want to add to your diet, as it doesn’t taste very good. Instead, consider taking a high quality supplement.