Maqui berries (pronounced “MAH-key”) are small, dark purple to black berries found on evergreen shrubs growing in the pristine Patagonia region of southern Chile. Consumed by the Mapuche Indians for centuries to improve stamina and strength in their warriors, these amazing berries contain more antioxidants than any other food discovered on earth. The maqui berry has a wonderful, slightly tart flavor that has been described as having hints of blackberry, blueberry, watermelon and acai. Our maqui berry powder is made from the whole berry, freeze-dried and finely ground, and is 100% pure and always free of carriers and excipients. Our raw Maqui Berry Powder is a punch of flavor and vitality!
Ingredients: Organic Maqui Powder (Aristotelia chilensis)
Allergy Info: Packaged in a facility that also processes tree nuts.
Storage Info: Refrigeration not required. Store in a cool, dark, dry place.
Country of Origin: Chile
How to Enjoy Maqui Powder
A serving of wild maqui berry powder is 2 heaping teaspoons. We love maqui powder in smoothies and juices because it has a sweet and tart berry flavor that blends well with other fruits. You can also sprinkle it over oatmeal or hot cereal for a boost of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in the morning. It goes nicely with yogurt, parfaits, and homemade treats. Maqui powder is energizing and delicious, so feel free to try in other foods, too.
Health Benefits of Maqui Powder
1) Antioxidant Powerhouse: Maqui berries are one of the most antioxidant-dense foods in the world, with even higher levels of these anti-aging nutrients than acai berries. Maqui berries are especially abundant in a class of powerful antioxidants known as anthocyanins, which protect against inflammation in the body and fight the onset of degenerative diseases. According to a 2005 Phytochemical analysis, dried maqui berries contain even more anthocyanins than fresh maqui berries. It only take a spoonful of our dried wild maqui powder to supercharge your antioxidant levels!
2) Improve Heart Health: Antioxidant-rich foods like wild maqui berry powder can protect the cardiovascular system and lower the risk for heart disease. Antioxidants are known to fight oxidative stress and improve cholesterol levels. In a 2008 study published in the journal Food Chemistry, researchers found that maqui extract in rats had protective cardiovascular effects and reduced the risk for heart damage. Sprinkling maqui powder over your favorite foods is an easy way to increase your intake of heart-healthy antioxidants.
3) Regulate Blood Sugar: Maqui powder may help prevent spikes in blood sugar and improve glucose tolerance. A 2012 study led by Rutgers University and North Carolina State University looked at the effects of anthocyanin-rich maqui berry extract on diabetic mice. The researchers found that the maqui extract improved both blood sugar levels and insulin resistance in diabetic mice that consumed a high-fat diet. This study is promising for people with diabetes looking for a safe supplement to control blood sugar levels.