The maqui berry is a deep purple berry from the Patagonia region of Chile in South America and it grows under very harsh conditions. The maqui berry is subject to increased solar radiation because of an ozone hole above the region and experiences hot summers and cold winters.
The maqui berry is packed with antioxidants in the form of anthocyanins and polyphenols to protect the plant from those harsh conditions.
The maqui tree is a sacred plant of the Mapuche Indians. I have been told that they drink fermented maqui berry juice several times a day for strength and stamina. They eat the dried fruit during the winter to stay warm and use the berry to treat diseases among their people.
Health Benefits of the Maqui Berry
More modern research shows that the maqui berry is very high in anthocyanins and polyphenols. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body to protect the cells from oxidative stress and they boost the immune system.
The maqui berry promotes cardiovascular health by reducing LDL oxidation.
LDL is the “bad” cholesterol, but it isn’t bad for you until it gets oxidized. When LDL cholesterol is oxidized the arteries develop fatty lesions which cause cardiovascular disease. Maqui berries inhibits the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
Maqui berries have also been shown to reduce inflammation.
Studies show that the maqui berry inhibits NFkB, a key regulator of the body’s inflammatory response system that triggers the release of cytokines and enzymes that cause inflammation. By inhibiting that pathway, inflammation can be reduced and healing can begin.
Studies also show that maqui berry can have an influence on cancer by forcing cancer cells to return to their normal death cycle.
When I first heard about the maqui berry a few years ago I had difficulty finding real information because of all the website hyping it. Now I have the real information, and so do you.
I received the information through a presentation that I attended, and most of that information came from this maqui berry research summary.
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