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Research tells us to eat berries for overall health, but especially gut health. Why? Because they are high in polyphenols and antioxidants – something we need to fight off free radicals. And Aronia berries are much higher in those than any other berry, so a little goes a long way!
You have to eat almost a pint of blueberries or açaí berries to get the same amount of antioxidants as in a handful of Aronia berries (about 20-25 berries) – the same amount as in one Gut Bar or one heaping teaspoon of our Gut Bar Powder.
Learn why Aronia is called a magic berry on our “Why Aronia?” page.
AT LEAST 70% of our immune system resides in the gut. By “gut” we don’t only mean the stomach, but also the small intestines and the colon. Over time, the intestinal barrier becomes compromised because of things like:
- Preservatives and refined sugars in our food
- Prescription and OTC medications
- Diet and stress
- The environment around us.
This causes gaps in the intestinal lining (also called leaky gut) and allows food particles to escape into our bloodstream – becoming free radicals, causing inflammation and wreaking havoc on our immune systems. In other words, the gut is everything in terms of overall health!
Learn more about the issues caused by leaky gut on our “Why the Gut?” page.
We say YES! because we know how nutritional the bars are and how thoughtfully they are made. Many of our customers say that is why they buy them!
- Healthcare workers who work crazy long shifts and don’t always have time to sit down for a meal.
- Pilots, flight attendants, and people who travel a lot use Gut Bars as a meal replacement.
- And let’s not forget hikers, bikers, golfers and other active people.
Customers love our Gut Bars because they are satiating and keep you full for a good long time. But most of all, they say they love them because they are delicious, provide real, functional nutrition and don’t have fillers or added sugars like most other bars. Perfect for a meal replacement!
When using the Gut Bar Powder, it’s important to remember that consistency is key! Just a teaspoon a day has helped many of our customers.
Because the powder contains the whole berry including the skin, we recommend using it with something of substance, like a smoothie, yogurt, oatmeal, kefir, etc. The skin of the berry is not water soluble (which is a good thing and a very tolerable, gentle fiber – good for the colon!), so it may float on top if you put it in water or coffee.
Some customers get very creative and include it in cooking – pancakes, salsa, all kinds of sauces, baking and salad dressings. Other customers just want to take their Aronia and move on, taking it by the teaspoon and knocking it down with a glass of water or juice. Whatever works for you!
Because of the high antioxidant and polyphenolic content of Aronia berries, the juice gives you a nice boost of energy, as as anti-inflammatory and immunity-boosting effects.
As a matter of fact, athletes and other active people love a shot of Aronia before or after workouts for its anti-inflammatory effect. And our Gut Bar Shots are the perfect amount and array of antioxidants to make a great immunity boost!