Antioxidants are subsatnces or nutrients in foods that can help with the oxidative stresses on cells. Typical antioxidents are vitamains A, C and E. Aronia berry anitoxidents are in the form of Polyphenols, Flavonoids, Anthocyanins, Tannins and Catechins
The seeds of the berry are so small they are difficult to see but the conain large amounts of procyanidins and other bioactive components.
Anthocyanins are a subclass of favonoids and give the berry its purplish black color. They are antioxidants and have been shown to have a positive effect on inflammation, cardiovascular health and more.
Tannins or procyanidins are a subclass of flavonoids and are best know because of thier presence in red wine. Tannins give the berry its dry tart taste. They are beneficial as antioxidants as well as for thier anti-inflammatory properties.
Helath Benefits -
*great source of antioxidants
*fights against heart disease and other cardiovascular problems
*helps control blood pressure
*helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels
*promotes a healthy urinary tract
*fights bacteria and viruses, such as colds and the flu
*strengthens memory and noursidh the brain and nervous system
*helps the body produce good cholesterol
*provides the body with essential oils
Polyphenols act as a powerful antioxidant and help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Catechins are a strong antioxidant and are the "building blocks" for the procyanidins. They also have cardioprotective effects.