CHOKEBERRY Overview Information
Chokeberry is a berry commonly found in foods and beverages in Eastern Europe and Russia. It is also used as a medicine.
In North America, chokeberries were used traditionally by Native Americans for the common cold. Chokeberry is also used to reduce cholesterol levels and to reduce blood pressure. Chokeberry is used for diabetes, feeling cold, bladder infections, breast cancer, arthritis, obesity and fat reduction, and infertility in men. Chokeberry is also used to reduce levels of the mineral cadmium in the blood and to improve eye health in people with age-related macular degeneration.
How does it work?
Chokeberry contains antioxidants and other chemicals. These chemicals might help to protect the heart and blood vessels, reduce swelling and blood sugar levels, and kill cancer cells.
- Clogged heart arteries (coronary artery disease; CAD). Early research shows that taking a specific chokeberry extract might lower blood pressure in people that have survived a heart attack and are taking a statin medicine.
- High levels of cholesterol in the blood (hypercholesterolemia). Early research shows that drinking chokeberry juice daily might lower cholesterol levels by a small amount in people with high cholesterol.
- High blood pressure (hypertension). Early research shows that drinking chokeberry juice, or a juice containing chokeberry, might lower blood pressure by a small amount in people with high blood pressure.
- Metabolic syndrome. Early research shows that taking a specific chokeberry extract or drinking a juice containing chokeberry extract might lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels in patients with metabolic syndrome.
- Obesity. Early research shows that drinking chokeberry juice that contains glucomannan fiber lowers body weight and blood pressure by a small amount in people with obesity.
- Feeling cold. Early research in women that tend to feel cold shows that taking chokeberry extract might increase skin temperature while in an air-conditioned room.
- Bladder infections (urinary tract infections; UTIs). Early research in elderly adults who live in nursing homes shows that drinking chokeberry juice daily does not decrease the risk of having a bladder infection.
- Breast cancer.
- Cadmium toxicity.
- Common cold.
- Eye disorders such as age-related macular degeneration.
- Having a small baby.
- Infertility in men.
- Other conditions.
CHOKEBERRY Side Effects & Safety
Drinking chokeberry juice or taking chokeberry extract as medicine is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults. Side effects from chokeberry juice are rare but may include constipation or diarrhea.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking chokeberry if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid using as a medicine
Diabetes: Chokeberry might lower blood sugar. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use chokeberry.
The appropriate dose of chokeberry depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for chokeberry. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.