What is Maqui Berry?
Maqui is a richly dark purple berry from the distant Patagonia region, that encompasses southern Chile and Argentina, which remains one of the most untouched places on this planet. Maqui berries has been traditionally used by the Mapachus Indian for a variety of ailments such as sore throat, diarrhea, ulcers, hemorrhoids, birth delivery, fever, tumors and other ailments. The Maqui berries have rich dark purple color that is a result given by its extraordinary concentration of anthocyanins. Maqui berries contain high content of phenolic compounds and anthocyanins that exhibits high antioxidant activity. The Maqui Berry has been found to contain high levels of antioxidant properties. In fact it tops all others!
Antioxidants are substances found in the fruits and vegetables we eat everyday. They in fact vary in every fruit and vegetable so that an ORAC scale was established to measure the quantity of antioxidant each fruit has.
The enormous quantity of antioxidants found in the Maqui Berry is so significant that eating the fruit on a regular basis could be quite beneficial:
Antioxidants present in Maqui Berries aid in body detoxification.
Maqui Berries can enhance the body s immune system
Increases the energy levels of the individual
Aid in the bodies anti-aging properties.
Protects Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) from oxidation
Protect cells from oxidative stress
The Maqui Berry does not differ from many of the other super fruit stories, but the Maqui Berry is gaining popularity.
Maqui Berry - Anthocyanidins:
Maqui Berry Flavonoids:
Quercitin: Quercitin is a naturally occurring flavonoid that can be found in food sources such as fruits and vegetables.
Alkaloids in Maqui leaves: (Mostly of indolic nature with antitumoral and antimicrobial activities) Makonin, Aristotelinone, Aristoteline, Aristotelone, Aristotelinine, Aristone
Anthocycanins are produced by plants for self-protection against, sun, irradiation, diseases, and biological enemies. Anthocyanins are antioxidant flavonoids that protect many body systems and have some of the strongest physiological effects of any plant compounds. Anthocyanins were found in one study to have the strongest antioxidizing power of 150 flavonoids. 1 (Approximately 4,000 different flavonoids have been identified.)
Benefits of Anthocyanins:
Neutralize enzymes that destroy connective tissue, prevents oxidants from damaging connective tissue, and repair damaged proteins in the blood-vessel walls.
Lightens allergic reactions and increase capillary permeability.
Promote cardiovascular health by preventing oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and protecting blood vessels wall from oxidative damage.
Maintain small blood vessel integrity by stabilizing capillary walls.
May improve eyesight
Support healthy blood sugar level