If you believe the historical data, the first to discover the aronia was the Indian tribes of Lenape. In Europe, it has long been used exclusively for decorative purposes, and the world learned about the medicinal properties and contraindications of aronia, better known as chokeberry ashberry , much later. Today, it is widely used in the treatment of various ailments.
Composition and useful properties of chokeberry aronia
Black with purple ebb, the berries of this shrub are rich in vitamins A, E, C, group B, minerals - boron, iodine, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, as well as folic acid, pectins, phenolic resins and others, but useful properties are largely determined by the anthocyanins present in them. In fact, these are pirilic salts, which are the strongest antioxidants that reduce the risk of cell damage during oxidation. Thus, they act as a preventative measure for those diseases that provoke oxidative stress - these are inflammatory processes in the brain and nervous system, early aging, decreased immunity, increased levels of "bad" cholesterol in the blood, damage to DNA with changing hereditary information,
In addition, the composition of berries includes flavonoids, which also determine the therapeutic properties of chokeberry or black chokeberry. These substances have complex effects on the body, providing antiviral, antibacterial, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory effects, etc. Today, aronia is used for the prevention of atherosclerosis, fighting with avitaminosis, stones in the kidney and bladder, diseases of the pancreas. It has a beneficial effect on the weakened thyroid gland with a decreased function, blood pressure, kidneys and liver.
Useful properties of chokeberry or black chokeberry are used in the therapy of oncological diseases, rheumatism , diabetes, obesity, and eye diseases. It is shown to pregnant women as a prophylaxis of various anomalies in the fetus and to persons who have undergone a serious illness or a hollow operation as a tonic and restorative force.
Methods of preparation and use
The properties of chokeberry or black chokeberry are reflected in a variety of ways of application. Based on fresh and dried berries do decoctions and infusions, tinctures. Here are the most popular recipes:
- Dried and washed berries in an amount of 1 cup are combined with 40-60 leaves of cherry, pour a liter of water, put the container on a stove and boil for a quarter of an hour. Cool, pass through the filter, add a glass of sugar and put it on the fire again. Pour half a teaspoon of citric acid and boil a quarter of an hour. Cool, mix with half a liter of vodka, close the lid and put into the refrigerator. Take 30-50 ml as an immunostimulating, vitamin and restorative.
- Rowan juice, taken on 50-100 ml for half an hour before a meal three times a day is shown in the therapy of rheumatism and radiation sickness. Strengthen its action capable of baths with the addition of steamed leaves and branches of hazel, sea buckthorn and birch.
- Connect the flowers of mountain ash, motherwort, dyke dye and lily of the valley in a ratio of 3: 5: 1: 2. A mixture in an amount of 1 tbsp. l. boil with boiling water in a volume of 1.5 liters, insist, filter and drink 30 ml three times throughout the waking period with endocrine diseases.
Contraindications include gastritis and peptic ulcer disease, a tendency to thrombophlebitis, thrombosis and varicosity. In addition, there is always the risk of individual intolerance and allergic reactions.