Maqui berries are one of the newest genuine superfoods. Maqui is a vivid purple fruit that grows wild throughout southern Chile, across hillsides and fields, as well as the borders of forested areas.
The maqui is so abundant in its natural wild state, that it doesn’t require cultivation and is harvested commercially by the traditional Mapuche Indians, indigenous to Chile.
This fruit is not only delicious, it is packed with some of the most protective compounds of any superfruit on the market today, including blueberries, blackberries, acai, raspberries and elderberries.
The Mapuche are known as fierce warriors and one of the few tribes that were never conquered in the Americas. Perhaps it has something to do with the maqui berries being a large part of their diet. It’s been used for hundreds of years for treating a variety of health conditions from sore throats to digestive ailments, fever and tumours.
The berries are extremely rich in anthocyanins, purple pigments that contain high antioxidant qualities linked to lowered blood pressure, better cardiovascular health and helping to protect against diabetes.
Maqui berries contain the highest antioxidant value of any known superfruit. Medical News Today reported that the ORAC value of the maqui berry was four to 30 times higher than the average acai berry. ORAC, developed by researchers at Tuff’s University, measures a food’s antioxidant ability to correct potential health imbalances. The pulp of the maqui has a 27,600 value per 100-gram serving as compared to 16,700 per 100-gram portion of the acai.
Maqui also contain a high amount of delphinidins, which demonstrate powerful anti-inflammatory activity, helping to decrease the risk of a wide range of degenerative diseases that involve inflammation, including Alzheimer’s, arthritis, age-related macular degeneration, atherosclerosis and more. The pigments also inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.
Inflammation is part of virtually every degenerative disease, including all conditions that end with “itis” which literally means “inflammation.” According to the the Organic Authority, the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of this fruit work as well as a drug with the same purpose, without harmful side effects. These compounds also help to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the blood, which is a factor in developing cardiovascular disease.
Consuming maqui berries or their juice has been found to result in a significant increase of insulin in the body—it even appears to do this better than any other known plant. This means that eating maqui berries or their juice with or after meals can help to suppress blood glucose, which helps to stabilize energy levels and prevent the formation of new fat cells. It may even prove to be a beneficial aid for weight control.
As well as being a superfruit, the maqui tastes good as well. Maqui has a subtly sweet and slightly tart fruit flavour, that resembles a combination of blackberry, blueberry, watermelon and acai. You can use maqui berry powder to create maqui berry juice, delicious smoothies and deserts, or to infuse as a tea.
Fortunately, you don’t have to travel to southern Chile to enjoy the benefits of the amazing maqui berries; you gain all the benefits from our concentrated organic maqui berry powder.