Maqui berry is an organic superfood that grows abundantly in the equatorial region of the world, where fruits are said to contain a much higher level of antioxidants than any other place on earth.
This berry is native to South America, particularly in Chile and Argentina and a member of elaeocarpaceae family, a dioecious plant that grows in dense thickets reaching a height of 5 meters. It produces small but incredibly delicious berry, which is about 6mm in diameter and tastes sweet and overflowing with flavor. A remarkable organic superfood that grows plentifully in the wilds and are mostly harvested by Mapuche Indians, an indigenous people of Chile and the only tribe in the Americas that were not conquered by any European countries.
For thousands of years, maqui has been the traditional remedy by the mapuche Indians to treat an assortment of illnesses like fever, sore throat, ulcer, hemorrhoids and diarrhea. Its leave is used during childbirth and to dress wounds because of its astringent qualities. It is said that mapuche warriors drank fermented maqui juice several times a day which gave them extraordinary strength and energy.
What makes an organic superfood like maqui berry so extraordinary? Well, for one, It is rich in anthocyanin that gives this berry not only a deep and vibrant purple color, but also a high level of antioxidant content. Currently, it holds the title of having the highest content of antioxidant than any other fruit in existence. It has a record high of 27,600 ORAC value which is double the number of its closest rival, the acai berry.
Although our body is able to produce its own antioxidants, it is mostly used up in the fight against the strains and pressures of our everyday life. And it is best supplemented by eating food that is rich in antioxidants. The level of antioxidant in this organic superfood has shown to be effective in the stimulation of anti-aging gene and substantial decline of cellular damages due to oxidative stress.
It also houses a rich amount of anthocyanins compound called delphinidins with a potent anti-inflammatory activity that can dramatically reduce the risk of various degenerative diseases caused by inflammation. Maqui berry is also capable of preventing illnesses that may be caused by food borne germs because of its anti-bacterial qualities. If you need to lose weight the natural way, incorporating this remarkable berry whether in raw and juice form in your diet can help you achieve that. It can do this by suppressing your blood sugar and preventing new fat cells from forming. All these amazing health benefits from a tiny organic superfood… Not bad, right?
There’s no sufficient information about the effect of long term medical use of maqui berry by pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. It is therefore best to avoid its use.
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The article written here is for educational purpose only and is not meant to provide any medical advice. If you have an illness or medical condition, it would be best to consult first with your health care provider or family physician before undertaking any course of treatment.
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