We are in love with a new high powered antioxidant oil extracted from Aronia (chokeberries)! After reading all of the benefits of the use of Aronia, we became obsessed with formulating it into a skin care product. Finding Aronia in cosmetics may be right around the corner!
Aronia is in a genus of deciduous shrubs, the chokeberries, in the family Rosaceae and native to eastern North America. Its berries (which look a bit like blueberries) are most commonly found in wet woods and swamps.
Chokeberries are currently cultivated in Europe for inclusion into wine, syrup, jam, juice, extracts, ice cream, beer and as a food colorant or cooked into loaves of bread. In the US, chokeberries are mainly found as ornamental plants or used as food products. The sour berries have a very puckering effect on the mouth (hence the name “chokeberry”) and can be eaten raw off the bush – preferably in late fall sometime around the end of September or October. Less commonly, the cold-pressed oil is used in cosmetics.
Of all the fruits in the world Aronia (aronia melanocarpa) also known as the “black chokeberry” contains the highest levels of polyphenolic compounds, such as anthocyanins and carotenoids, which are the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. When infused in green tea or used in wine, the resulting drinks contain both types of polyphenols, catechins, and anthocyanins.
Aronia is considered by many to be the healthiest fruit in the world and offers more benefits than any other superfood. Because of its naturally occurring compounds, aronia berries have anticarcinogenic properties and are found to be effective in limiting the atherosclerotic damage caused by heart disease.
In Japan, researchers have also found that aronia can block the action of COX-2, an extremely potent pro-inflammatory agent. Additionally, it has also been shown to decrease gastric irritation caused by certain non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.
When used to prevent urinary tract infections, aronia has been found to be five times more effective than cranberries because of its high levels of quinic acid. Additionally, Aronia has been beneficial in treating arthritis and hypertension, as it strengthens blood vessels, supports natural immunity, lowers blood pressure, helps with weight control and even delays the natural aging process.
Aronia berries contain many types of vitamins, including vitamin K (needed for blood clotting) and vitamin C (antioxidant properties, strengthens the immune system and promotes collagen production necessary for building and repairing connective tissue). Aronia berries are also a great source of mineral salts like manganese and iron.As if that weren’t enough, these berries also have cholesterol-lowering and hypoglycemic properties in type two diabetes and help overweight and obese people since they reduce belly fat. Aronia berries are naturally high in fiber and thus effective in treating constipation.
Use in Cosmetics
When aronia is used topically in cosmetics, it has the ability to improve problem skin for all the reasons stated above. Incorporated into a cream, aronia has the ability to reduce dilated blood capillaries, soothe hypersensitive skin, skin dryness, improve microcirculation, and decrease inflammation as well as delaying the aging process. Because of its ability to scavenge free radicals, it protects the skin against negative pollutants in the environment. The skin becomes less tense and more supple and softer with an enhanced appearance.
The Chokeberry Seed Oil we use is expeller pressed from dried chokeberry seeds, carefully filtered to produce an amber oil that has a lovely texture and sweet, mild aroma and is meticulously handled, stored and packaged to maintain the purity, freshness and beneficial properties of this extraordinary oil.
When Chokeberry Seed Oil is formulated into a cream it is absorbed rapidly and is a delightfully versatile, nutritive oil for sensitive skin. Because it is a primarily polyunsaturated oil it helps to soften, soothe and protect the skin, leaving it feeling nourished and hydrated. Thus, it is well suited for sensitive, severely dry, itchy, mature and problem skin types.
Where Can I Find Aronia Products?
Aronia is relatively new on the cosmetics scene and is readily available in a shampoo. Our Aronia Skin Brite cream is in testing and we’ll let you know when it’s ready for market, just sign up for our newletter here! Initial testing is showing amazing results. Fight aging skin with antioxidant benefits and see the difference!
When eaten, Aronia-or chokeberries have the ability to improve digestive processes, protect the body against free radicals, help with weight loss, reduce inflammation, protect the immune system, improve eye health, slow down effects of aging, combat cancer, lower blood pressure, and stimulate repair to the body. When applied to the skin, the anti-aging benefits are greater than those seen with Vitamin C! Dried, squeezed or in supplement form, these berries contain a wide array of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients.