Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) – A Review on the Characteristic Components and Potential Health Effects
Received: May 19, 2008
Revised: August 18, 2008
Accepted: August 28, 2008
20 October 2008 (eFirst)
The intention of this review is to contribute to a better understanding of the potentials of the nutritional contribution of Aronia berries (Aronia melanocarpa). The paper gives a short background to their botanical classification and cultivation practice, going in detail to describe the chemical composition of the berries. The emphasis is laid thereby upon the phenolic constituents. The paper finally gives a short resume of their beneficial effects in biological systems in vitro, in animals, and in humans, thus underlining their medicinal potential.
Aronia melanocarpa - chokeberry - Rosaceae - anthocyanins - procyanidins - colon cancer - diabetes - cardiovascular disease