Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut made statements about the latest research on Aronia fruit, known as ‘Super Fruit’.
Prof. Bay announced that aronia fruit prevents diabetes, cancer, infection, obesity and protects the heart, liver and nerves from damage.
COLD RESISTANT PLANT
Stating that the aronia fruit is a plant species that is in the rose class and is very resistant to cold, Karabulut said that aronia, whose scientific name is Aronia melanocarpa, is a shrub species native to North America.
Prof. stated that aronia, which has become popular worldwide in recent years, started to be produced in Turkey for the first time in 2017. Dr. Karabulut said, “The most important feature of Aronia cultivation is that the product can be obtained in a very short time from the garden establishment and it pays back the investment costs.
However, its fruits can be used in different areas. Its yield per unit area is extremely high and it is a type of fruit that is very beneficial for health with its content. As a result of the evaluation of suitable climate and land conditions in our country, Turkey will become a country that has a say in aronia production. “Determining production costs accurately in agricultural enterprises has important benefits at macro and micro levels,” he said.
HERE ARE THE BENEFITS OF ARONIA FRUITS
Stating that the aronia fruit consists of small and dark colored fruits, Karabulut said:
“They can usually be red, purple or black in color. These fruits are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and other nutrients. Aronia berries are generally not consumed fresh because they have a sour taste. However, they can be processed into resins, jams, juices, syrups and various sweeteners. “It can also be used in some health supplements due to the health benefits of aronia berry.”
Prof. also gave important information about the health benefits of aronia. Dr. Karabulut said, “Aronia fruit may have health benefits because it is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants can protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals and support overall health. Research conducted; In addition to its preventive effects against diabetes, cancer, infection and obesity, it also has antioxidant, heart-protective, liver-protective and nerve-protective effects from damage. Clinical studies on Aronia berries and their main components are cited, including cancer clinical studies for chlorogenic acid and COVID-19 trial studies for quercetin. “In experimental scientific studies conducted by our own research group, it has been observed that quercetin, in particular, has serious protective effects on liver damage.”
SUPPORTS ANTI-CANCER POTENTIAL
Stating that scientific studies support the anticancer potential of aronia fruit and show that this potential can be realized through some unusual mechanisms, Karabulut said, “As an example, when blood samples taken from breast cancer patients were processed with a commercial Aronia fruit extract (50 g/mL), oxidative/nitrative effects in the plasma were detected. stress levels and hemostatic activity decreased significantly. This suggests that aronia berries may represent a promising antioxidant therapy or co-therapy for breast cancer patients. Therefore, Aronia berries and their components, especially chlorogenic acid, an important phenolic acid of Aronia berries, have been shown to be the potential for novel anticancer agents, as shown by cancer clinical trial studies. “They may be promising starting points for development,” he said.
HOW TO USE ARONIA FRUIT?
Prof. also touched upon some important points to consider when consuming aronia. Dr. Karabulut said, “Aronia is a powerful source of antioxidants that naturally contains many health benefits. However, as with anything, it is important to consume moderate amounts within a balanced diet. Aronia can generally be consumed fresh or dried. Eating fresh aronia berries can help you make the most of their natural vitamin and mineral content. Some aronia products may contain sugar or preservatives. Therefore, it is a good habit to check the ingredients of the product you buy, especially if you want to limit sugar consumption. Aronia may cause fruit allergies in some people. If you have a fruit allergy or have never had aronia before, it may be a good idea to try small amounts first.
If you have any health conditions or medications you take regularly, it is important to consult your doctor before consuming aronia. Some fruits can cause drug interactions, especially when consumed in large amounts. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, want to introduce aronia or any new food, you should consult your doctor first. Aronia can be consumed fresh, raw or in smoothies, or can be found in jam, juice or dried form. “You can use aronia by processing it appropriately according to your preferred consumption method,” he said.