Chokeberries: superfood said to promote weight loss

Nadia Giordana picking chokeberries

Black chokeberries are composed of significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins. These flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants have proven health benefits through scavenging dangerous oxygen free radicals from the body. Total anthocyanin content in the choke berries is 1480 mg per 100 g of fresh berries, and proanthocyanidin concentration is 664 mg per 100 g (Wu et al. 2004, 2006). Scientific studies have shown that consumption of berries on regular basis offers potential health benefits against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections. (- By Dr. Paul Gross, 2007-07-09).

Note: All this and more, I learned about chokeberries after my mother asked me and my sister Bev to take her berry picking. She had her eyes on some great berry-laden bushes near where she lives. We picked 20 gallons of the plump fruits, and barely made a dent in the available harvest. We left the rest for the birds, and anyone else who might come along. Now that I know what a fantastic food this is, I will work it into my diet regularly. Hence, I’m off in search of recipes and serving ideas.

2 thoughts on “Chokeberries: superfood said to promote weight loss

  1. I had never even heard of these berries with the funny name before you blogged about them. Now I’ll be looking for them at the grocery store the next time I go. Thanks for the post!

  2. They aren’t likely to be at a grocery store, but there are some suppliers online. I grow some of my own, and pick the rest locally at state and local parks.

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