Black Chokeberry Extract May Decrease Acetylcholinesterase Activity in Adolescents Diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a group of risk factors, including abdominal obesity, a disorder of lipid metabolism, glucose intolerance, and hypertension that lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). An unbalanced diet, stress, reduced physical activity, and genetic factors may lead to abdominal obesity and are the main causes of MetS. … Continue reading Black Chokeberry Extract May Decrease Acetylcholinesterase Activity in Adolescents Diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome

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Food as Medicine: Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa, Rosaceae)

Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa), also known as aronia berry, is a member of the economically important rose (Rosaceae) family, which includes other pome-producing plants like apple (Malus spp.), pear (Pyrus spp.), and quince (Cydonia oblonga). A pome is a fruit produced by the Malinae subtribe within Rosaceae. The genus Aronia includes two species of shrubs that are both native to … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa, Rosaceae)

Black Chokeberry Improves Diabetes-related Oxidative Stress and Lipid Profiles

The cause of diabetes mellitus is multifaceted, with genetic and environmental factors and ethnic and racial differences contributing to the prevalence of the disease. Chronic hyperglycemia results in oxidative stress that damages all organs. Many antidiabetic medications are available; however, no single drug has succeeded in lowering hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress. The success with which many … Continue reading Black Chokeberry Improves Diabetes-related Oxidative Stress and Lipid Profiles

Black Chokeberry—Bioactivities of Phenolic-rich Fruit May Contribute to Prevention of Chronic Diseases

Bioactive plant-derived compounds, especially phenolics with high antioxidant activity, are increasingly shown to be beneficial in preventing and treating chronic diseases. Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa, Rosaceae) fruit has high levels of antioxidants, especially anthocyanins in the form of cyanidin derivatives. Black chokeberry fruit also contains other beneficial compounds such as vitamins C and E, carotenoids, … Continue reading Black Chokeberry—Bioactivities of Phenolic-rich Fruit May Contribute to Prevention of Chronic Diseases