Scientific journal

61 2022

Journal of Food and Nutrition Research
Summary No. 1 / 2022

Kaličanin, B. – Velimirović, D. – Nešić, I.
A study on mineral composition of Aronia melanocarpa as a functional food with potential therapeutic properties
Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 61, 2022, No. 1, s. 53-60

Dragan Velimirović, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Niš, 81dr Zoran Đinđić Boulevard, 18000 Niš, Serbia. E-mail:

Received 7 June 2021; 1st revised 21 October 2021; 2nd revised 3 December 2021; accepted 16 December 2021; published online 17 February 2022.

Summary: In order to estimate the role of certain bioelements present in Aronia melanocarpa (Michx.) Elliot, commonly known as black chokeberry, in human health, this study determined the content of essential macro- and microelements in berries, juice and in the dried pomace. In all the analysed samples, the element with the highest content was potassium (approximately 4000 mg·kg-1), then calcium (approximately 1200 mg·kg-1), magnesium (approximately 500 mg·kg-1), and the element with the smallest content was sodium (approximately 250 mg·kg-1). Thanks to the positive effect of these macroelements on the cardiovascular, locomotor and immune systems, consumption of black chokeberry berries and black chokeberry-based products can improve the overall health. The results of this study show that, with a daily consumption of 100 g berries, all daily body needs for certain microelements can be satisfied, for example for Cr, Mn, B and Sr. The determined contents of Fe, Cu and Zn in the analysed samples show that black chokeberry berries and various black chokeberry-based products (juice, flour and dry matter) are a good source of these microelements. The results of this study showed that organic Aronia melanocarpa berries can be used as a functional food with potential therapeutic properties.

Keywords: Aronia melanocarpa; essential bioelements; functional food; therapeutic properties

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