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Aronia delays aging of heart and blood vessels
Supplementation with aronia – in the form of aronia juice from the supermarket – keeps cholesterol balance and the walls of the blood vessels young as we age. Bulgarian researchers at the University of Plovdiv reached this conclusion after doing an animal study that was published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
For three months the researchers gave 10-month old [i.e. adult] lab rats for three months [lab rats have a life expectancy of about two years] 64 ml aronia juice per kg bodyweight. The human equivalent of this dose for an adult would be about 700 ml per day. And that's a lot.
At the end of the three months the researchers analysed the rats' blood [A], and compared it with blood from rats of the same age [CO] and with that of young rats that were a couple of months old [CY] and had not been given aronia juice.
When the researchers studied the aorta – a crucial artery near the heart – they saw that the blood vessel walls of the A group were in a better state than those of the CO group.
So, in this study, aging resulted in a declining cholesterol balance and quality of the blood vessel walls; but aronia supplementation partially reversed this decline.
"The analysis of the atherogenic and cardioprotective indices definitely confirms that chokeberry juice has antiatherogenic and cardioprotective effects and can be recommended as a prophylactic means for healthy aging."