Super Berries

The newest member of the “Super Berry” family is the Maqui Berry from Chile. Practically everyone knows that blueberries, blackberries, black currants, raspberries and elderberries are very good for health. But few have heard of one of the greatest of them all, Maqui Berry. They grow wild in the Patagonia region of Southern Chile and have been harvested for many centuries by the Mapuche. The Mapuche have long been known as fierce warriors and were never colonized by Europeans because of their strength that most probably can be attributed to the Maqui Berry.

ORAC values tell you quite a bit about the antioxidant potency of “Super Berries.” For years, Acai has been touted as having the highest ORAC value, but Maqui has twice the ORAC value that Acai does, whether fresh or powdered.

Maqui berries taste delicious. They are sweet, bursting with flavor, but beyond the flavor are the amazing health benefits that this superior berry offers. Maqui Berries contain high levels of anthocyanins called delphinidins, which is also found in Concord grapes. But in Maqui Berry, these compounds are found in unusually high amounts. The delphinidins demonstrate potent anti-inflammatory activity, so they help to reduce the risk of a variety of degenerative diseases that involve inflammation. They are quite effective against diabetes, colon cancer and arthritis. Any illness that ends with “itis” is an inflammatory disease. The anthocyanins demonstrate powerful anti-inflammatory activity and do it as well as drugs without negative side effects.

Consuming maqui berries or their juice can help to suppress blood glucose, thereby evening out energy and preventing the formation of new fat cells. As a result, maqui may prove to be a beneficial aid in weight control. It also exhibits antibacterial activity, making it an excellent countermeasure to contaminated foods.

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