Maqui berry benefits

By now you’ve probably heard of superfoods; well Maqui berries are Superberries. As most superfoods have, Maqui berries have long history of use in an indigenous people. Suggested to be more potent than the Acai and Goji berries, the Maqui berry is an antioxidant powerhouse, packed to the brim with health benefits for the human body. A healthier body means a healthier you; a healthier you means a more fit and happier you. Maqui berries originated in Chile and have been used there to promote and maintain overall health for centuries; the Mapuche Indians who first started using Maqui berries claimed it made them healthier, stronger, and provided healing powers. It seems the nutritional benefits are too good to pass up; let’s take a look.

Nutritional Benefits

Nutritional benefits and health benefits seem that they would go hand-in-hand, but actually, they are slightly different. Nutritional benefits focus on the nutritional qualities, while the health benefits focus on what those nutritional qualities can do for your health. The nutritional benefits of Maqui berries are incredible: they contain very high levels of anthocyanins and polyphenols, which are both powerful antioxidants. As a little review, antioxidants prevent damage done by free radicals by neutralizing them; at the very worst, free radicals are capable of producing cancer cells, neurological disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease. Since antioxidants prevent the formation of damaged cells, they can help to slow the aging process. In addition, Maqui berries provide a good dose of Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, and Potassium.

Health Benefits

  • Antioxidants. Antioxidants don’t just prevent certain ailments, but they can promote functions in the body as well. Boosted metabolism, strengthened bones and joints, clearer skin, and sped up digestion are a few important ones.
  • Improved circulation. Not only is this good for your heart, but a good flow of oxygen through the blood stream gives the skin a healthier appearance, more elasticity, and the ability to grow. Also, more blood will be delivered to the organs.
  • Youthful appearance. This benefit goes right along with the antioxidants because aging often appears as a result of damage done by free radicals. Maqui berries are good at producing more youthful appearances, both inside and out.
  • Detoxification benefits. Detoxification is important for ridding the body of toxins, poison, and other harmful substances; it is also essential to reduce wear and tear on the liver caused by these harmful agents. Maqui berries have detox qualities.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-inflammatory properties of Maqui berries are beneficial on the aches and pains on the bones and joints during arthritic conditions.
  • Multi-organ benefits. Hmmm, multi-organ…yeah I made that one up, but there’s no other way to describe the multiple benefits on all of the body’s organs! Maqui berries promote healthy functioning all around, which perhaps is the most important benefit to the organs.
  • Healthy immune system. Maqui berries support the immune system; one of the many systems benefiting from the fruit. They can help protect it from environmental stress.
  • More energy and boosted metabolism. These two pretty much speak for themselves. More energy and higher metabolism are too good to pass up.

How to Take Maqui Berry?
Now that you know all of the benefits that the Maqui berry provides, you might be wondering how and when to take it. Well, it comes as either a dietary supplement powder, the plain fruit, or as Maqui Berry Juice, which is quite popular. The juice and fruit can be eaten as is (one fruit or one glass of juice will do the trick), and as for the powder, follow the directions on the package.

Before Taking any Supplement…
If you decide to take the supplement (powder) form of Maqui berry, talk with a physician about it first.

Last updated on Jul 3rd, 2010 and filed under Health Supplements. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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  1. We have conducted some of the most extensive research to date regarding the maqui berry and its antioxidant performance. You can view the Total ORAC tests performed by Brunswick Labs on our website and see the original certificates issued that state a score in excess of 6200 umoles per gram of antioxidant power. You can also view a chromatogram that we conducted of the known anthocyanins in Maqui. This is the only known published report available to our knowledge as the test itself is extremely expensive to conduct.

    Your article also speaks to various methods to ingest maqui berry. Due to the high antioxidant nature of the maqui berry, it is very sensitive to heat. This means that any heat related manufacturing processes damage the antioxidant and nutrient value of the maqui itself. Therefore, we have chosen to use the freeze-dry process for removing the water from the maqui berry, before it is milled into a powder. This powder can be eaten as a stand alone product or added as a food ingredient to other applications including beverages, smoothies, etc.

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