Chokeberry is a fruit that comes from the aronia shrub. It's eaten as food in Russia and parts of Eastern Europe. It's also used in traditional medicines.

Chokeberry is high in antioxidants, fiber, and other chemicals. These chemicals might help protect the heart and blood vessels and reduce swelling and blood sugar levels.

People use chokeberry for heart disease, athletic performance, cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and many other conditions, but there's no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
When taken by mouth Chokeberry extract and chokeberry juice are possibly safe for most adults when used short-term. It's usually well-tolerated. Side effects might include constipation, diarrhea, or nausea.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chokeberry is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


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  • Heart disease. Taking chokeberry by mouth doesn't lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, or blood sugar levels in people with or at risk for heart disease.
There is interest in using chokeberry for a number of other purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

Chokeberry juice has most often been consumed by adults at amounts of 200-500 mL daily for up to 12 weeks. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what type of product and dose might be best for a specific condition.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates)

Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.

Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Chokeberry might change how quickly the liver breaks down these medications. This could change the effects and side effects of these medications.

Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.

Chokeberry might lower blood sugar levels. Taking chokeberry along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.

Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)

Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.

Chokeberry might slow blood clotting. Taking chokeberry along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.

Trabectedin (Yondelis)

Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.

Trabectedin is changed and broken down by the liver. Chokeberry might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down trabectedin. Taking chokeberry along with trabectedin might increase the effects and side effects of trabectedin.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

Herbs and supplements that might slow blood clotting: Chokeberry might slow blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding. Taking it with other supplements with similar effects might increase the risk of bleeding in some people. Examples of supplements with this effect include garlic, ginger, ginkgo, nattokinase, and Panax ginseng.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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