Black chokeberry juice may help athletes beat post-workout inflammation, according to a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Chokeberries, also called aronia, are packed with anthocyanins, with five times more of the compounds than the more mainstream cranberries.
Researchers in Poland designed their study to evaluate whether flavonoid-rich foods like black chokeberry would have an effect on inflammation, iron metabolism and total antioxidant capacity (TAC), according to a review of the research in HerbClip online, from the American Botanical Council. Researchers conducted the placebo-controlled trial in Poland with 19 members of the Polish rowing team at an Olympic Games Training Center.
Subjects consumed either 50 mL of chokeberry juice or a placebo three times daily for eight weeks. Researchers measured the intensity, duration and type of training the rowers endured, along with their caloric intake, which remained constant throughout the study. They analyzed the athletes’ blood via samples taken one minute and 24-hours after exhaustive bouts of rowing.
The study’s authors concluded that “black chokeberry juice may prevent inflammation, oxidative stress, and iron depletion after intensive physical exercise, therefore justifying chokeberry juice supplementation for athletes undergoing rigorous training,” notes Laura M. Bystrom, PhD, author of the HerbClip review.
The researchers believe the berries’ positive powers come from their anthocyanins.