Maqui berry (pronounced ‘mah-kee’), is an evergreen shrub that can be found in Argentina and Chile in the wild. The berry that grows on the shrub is a dark purple in color. The bushes can be found all over hillsides, fields, by the side of highways and on the side of forests. Since the berries are found in abundance, cultivation is not necessary as such.
The berry is actually a super fruit due to the sheer number of health benefits it offers. The leaves and stems of the shrubs have also been used for thousands of years as medicinal ingredients. Here are some benefits that the Maqui berry offers:
The Benefits of Maqui Berry
1. Rich in Anti-Oxidants
Maqui berries are rich in anti-oxidants due to its high levels of purple pigments that can prevent colon cancer and oxidation of cholesterol in the blood. High levels of blood oxidation can lead to cardiovascular disease or hard arteries. Regular consumption of Maqui berries can prevent both and increase stamina levels.
2. Prevents Inflammation
It also contains extraordinarily high levels of anthocyanins which are known as delphinidin. It acts as an anti-inflammatory that prevents degenerative diseases that are caused due to inflammation such as arthritis.
3. Increases Insulin Production and Aids Weight Loss
Maqui berries and the juice of the berries can increase insulin production in the body thus making it highly beneficial for diabetics. It also decreases blood glucose levels and prevents the formation of new fat cells thus aiding weight loss.
Our favorite Maqui berry recipe.
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