Maqui (ma-kee) Berry (also known as the Patagonia SuperFruit)
Maqui berries are the fruit of the native Chilean evergreen shrub (Aristotelia chilensis).
A unique deeply purple berry that grows in remote distant Patagonia, one of the cleanest places on earth. The Mapuche Indians (Chile’s native inhabitants), have historically consumed Maqui berry leaves, stems and fruits, for a variety of ailments. In the culture of Mapuche, maqui is considered a sacred plant, symbolizing “good will.”
With an amazingly high ORAC value, maqui berries offer more antioxidants than any discovered fruit – with a particularly high potency of anti-aging flavonoids like anthocyanins and polyphenols. Recent studies have demonstrated these antioxidants to support a wide variety of bodily functions, including improved brain performance, heart health, liver strength, anticancer activity and overall longevity. Plus, the fruit offers a premium source of vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, and is a natural anti-inflammatory food.
Dr. Sal’s Thoughts:
Maqui berries usually come in a freeze dried powder which is organic, raw and vegan. It has a very light berry taste. It is abundant in antioxidants, phytochemicals, anthocyanins, polyphenols and some trace minerals.