It is a well-known, well-established fact that a variety of berries — acai, black currants, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and elderberries — are very good for your health mostly because of their powerful antioxidants. That much is well known. But you might not have heard yet about what is arguably the greatest of these “SUPER BERRIES”: Maqui Berry. It’s a wonderful, beneficial new re-discovery, and there are a great many maqui berry benefits that not many people will tell you about.
Maqui berries are one of the most promising new foods to take the Western establishment by storm. Growing wild throughout southern Chile, the berry, with its striking purple color, has recently been shown to have staggeringly high amounts of a nutrient called anthocyanin in its pigment, which can have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, disease-fighting, and even insulin-boosting properties — wow. Maqui berry benefits can therefore include stopping colon cancer growth and reducing the risk of a wide variety of degenerative diseases that involve inflammation.
Harvested for centuries by Mapuche natives in the Patagonia region of Chile, maqui berries grow profusely in the wild. They have a long history of wonderful and shocking health benefits… maqui berry benefits! But the majority of these benefits have only recently come to the attention of American medical science. Demand is increasing every day, but there is so much of it available in the wild that cultivation is unnecessary — how cool is that?
Maqui berry (scientific name: Aristotelia chilensis) is very rich in anthocyanins, purple pigments which have very high antioxidant activity. Specifically, the anthocyanins that maqui berries are rich with are ones known as delphinidins. These are also found in other flowers and plants — violas, delphiniums, and Concord grapes. In maqui berry, it’s an unusually high amounts of delphinidins that makes it a special source. Being anti-oxidant is just one of a wide variety of maqui berry benefits.
Another one of the many maqui berry benefits is its anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is a symptom of virtually every degenerative disease, from diabetes to cardiovascular disease to arthritis (and, really, any disease whose name ends with “-itis” qualifies as inflammatory). The anthocyanins work as powerfully as conventional anti-inflammatory drugs, except without negative effects.
Also, some maqui berry benefits are antioxidant! That means that the maqui berry has compounds that help it to prevent oxidation of cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol can be a factor in the development of cardiovascular disease, which can then manifest in heart attack, stroke, or hardening of the arteries. So the berries actually have a significant positive effect on these health risks.
Finally, ingesting maqui berries, or their juice, significantly increases insulin levels in the body. Maqui berries actually appear to accomplish this better than almost every other known plant. Insulin works to suppress blood glucose, evening out your energy and also preventing the formation of additional fat cells. So maqui berries’ insulin strength may prove beneficial in weight control.
Just as a side note, maqui berries taste delicious too. They’re sweet and bursting with flavor. It’s just a subjective addition, but if that strengthens any of the rigorous scientific proof for maqui berry benefits then so are it!
The Mapuche are the only native people in the Americas not conquered by invading colonists. Today, a community of them harvests tons and tons of wild maqui berry for commercial sale. They work in increasingly large quantities, as demand for the berry increases. In harvest season, whole communities turn out to pick the astonishing, healthful, popular purple berries. Mapuche have been eating maqui berries and drinking their juice for centuries. And Chilean non-natives have been doing the same for a very long time as well.
Even when America is flooded with so-called “SUPER FRUITS” promising better health, maqui berries are the real deal! You’ll see all those maqui berry benefits as soon as you give them a try.