Aronia Berries for Muscle Recovery and Growth
This little berry truly packs a punch. Grown in North America and Europe, these little guys have been a part of traditional Native American medicines for centuries and has aided the tribes against harsh winter conditions and illness, as well as boosting their energy and recovery during long hunts.
Aronia berries are rich in polyphenols and anthocyanins, which are naturally occurring antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties.
Because of the high levels of anti-inflammatory properties, it is believed that aronia berries have the ability to help ease pain in the joints and muscles, as well as lessening the symptoms of arthritis.
A study by the Journal of the International Society of Sports and Nutrition (JISSN) published some findings from several institutes in Japan that tested the theory that aronia berries can aid in muscle growth. The study concluded that while aronia berries, and more importantly, the compound ursolic acid, may increase the signalling associated with muscle protein synthesis, it doesn’t actually help grow muscles. But adding aronia berries to an already healthy and protein heavy diet, in conjunction with proper nutrition and exercise could very well help quicken the effects on muscle development.
Another study found that aronia berries and their naturally occurring compounds having gone through an ethanolic extract, is expected to prevent damage from muscles in athletes’ competition in high intensity exercise.
Adding aronia berries to your diet through our 100% organic cold pressed juice or through our powdered concentrate can help to increase the overall health and wellbeing of your muscles and joints. Aronia berries are also found help your body fight free radicals and molecules that can damage cells.
Because aronia berries are high in anti-inflammatory properties as well, this can aid with any muscle pain or fatigue from excess training or use. The high levels of anthocyanin and polyphenols will help the blood flow throughout the systems, as well as fight any inflammation or virus already present in the body. Therefore, it has been hypothesised to also aid in recovery after training and may be a great supplement to add to the diet of any athletes.
Aronia berries also assist in maintaining or losing weight. The high levels of anthocyanin is thought to help melt away the visceral fat accumulation around the mid-section, notoriously the hardest place to get rid of any excess weight, no matter your body type or gender.
Smoothie Recipe for Muscle Growth and Weight Control
Smoothies, if made with the right components, can really improve your health and fitness journey. The important factors of a smoothie to help keep you full, help refuel the muscles, and aid in controlling your appetite must contain these three ingredients, no exceptions:
- Fibre – from fruit and vegetables. Aronia berries are a great source of fibre and also include heaps of important vitamins and minerals for a healthy and balanced diet.
- Healthy Fats – such as nut butters, avocado and some oils will help keep you fuller for longer and aid in slower digestion
- Protein – essential for muscle growth and maintenance which will help you stay fuller for longer and boost your metabolism
As long as you include these ingredients and a table spoon of Aronia for Life powder concentrate (the best of our products to accompany a smoothie), then you are set!
Some ingredients to include in a healthy breakfast smoothie include fruit and vegetable such as bananas, berries, aronia berry powder, apples, spinach or celery. Healthy fats from coconut oil, avocado, nut butters – peanut, almond, cashew. Proteins such as your favourite protein powder!
Having a big glass in the morning for breakfast is a sure-fire way to ensure you are getting a large dose of all the important vitamins and minerals to start your day. It also means your daily consumption of aronai berries has been tackled.
One tablespoon of our powder concentrate a day is enough for you to see and feel the benefits in a matter of weeks.
We are a family run business straight out of NSW who has felt and seen the affects of aronia berries and wanted to spread the health benefits to the Australian market. We are in contact with a brilliant manufacturer in Europe, where the berries grow best, to help bring them to Australia. That’s how passionate we are about aronia berries.