Maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) is an intensely purple berry that grows wild throughout parts of southern Chile. Maqui berries are sweet, bursting with flavor.
Maqui berries are very rich in anthocyanins, purple pigments with very high antioxidant activity. Anthocyanins called delphinidins, demonstrate potent anti-inflammatory activity and do it as well as drugs for the same purposes, without the negative side-affects. They help to reduce the risk of a variety of degenerative diseases that involve inflammation from cardiovascular disease to diabetes to arthritis. These pigments also inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.
The antioxidant compounds in maqui help to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the blood, a factor in the development of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, stroke and hardening of the arteries. Maqui also demonstrates antibacterial activity, which suggests that it may aid in preventing illness due to food born germs.
Acai (pronounced Ah-Sigh-Eeh) is a word from the Tupi (indigenous Brazilian) Language meaning “fruit that cries.”
The Benefits of Acai
Healthy cholesterol, a stronger immune system and sustained energy are among the many benefits of acai berries.
Other important properties are:
- Antioxidants: Supports slower aging process.
- Omega Fatty Acids: Supports healthy cholesterol and may help prevent heart diseases.
- Phytosterols: Supports healthy immune system and may reduce blood plasma cholesterol.
- Dietary Fibers: Supports healthy digestive system.
It is also a source of protein, calcium, vitamins A, E, and B6. On top of the remarkable health benefits it delivers, acai has a delicious and refreshing taste, often described as a blend of berries and chocolate.
- Helps support cellular rejuvenation
- Catalytically–active–increase body’s production of Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and Catalase
- Slows the common effects of aging through DNA protection
- Fortifies antioxidant defenses against vascular and cellular free radical damage
- Supports healthy immune function
- Promotes the health of the eyes (has 10 times the beta-carotene of a carrot)
- Has 70 times the lycopene of a tomato)
- Suitable for anyone from 9 months to 99 years
The amount of healthful antioxidants varies even in individual plants, with more antioxidants produced when plants are under stress from climate or environmental factors. Blueberries from Alaska and the cool, wet climate of the Pacific Northwest score higher for antioxidant activity than blueberries from drier climates, such as Mexico, according to research published in April 2010 in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.”
Chinese Lycium is a small red berry that has been traditionally used for vision, tension, dizziness, kidney, and liver function. Today, scientists have discovered benefits from its high amounts of antioxidants, polysaccharides, vitamins, and amino acids.
Siberian pineapple is a small orange or yellow berry native to Europe, Russia, and China. In the Chinese Pharmacopoeia it is recognized for promoting upper-respiratory tract health, encouraging digestion, removing food stagnancy, and promoting blood flow. Russian cosmonauts ate the fruit and used the oil in a cream believing it would help protect them from solar radiation. Modern research shows this small but potent fruit is a concentrated natural source of carotenoids, tocopherols, vitamin C, and flavonoids.
Cili fruit, also called the “King of Vitamin C”, is an orangish-yellow wild fruit that contains 60 times more vitamin C than an orange. Shown to improve antioxidant capacity, preliminary evidence suggests it may have cardiovascular, immune, and mental function benefits as well.