It's not every day that you come across food that is sweet, delicious and furthermore is good for you, well maqui berry is one of those rare foods that is jam packed with goodness and healing properties.
Firstly if you don't know much about maqui berries they are a small purple berry which are found mainly in Chile in the Patagonia region and have recently gained attention for their high levels of antioxidants which we know to be great for keeping a healthy immune system. It is especially high in the antioxidant anthocyanin which is believed to be due to the harsh climatic conditions it is grown in.
Maqui Berry in Folk Medicine
In Chile they have used this deep purple fruit for its health benefits and in Chilean folk medicine they believe it to be a good means of treating diarrhea, inflammation as well as preventing hemorrhaging and treating fevers, one tribe have even used it for women in labour, this may be because it is believed to help increase strength and stamina.
What does research show us about the health benefits of Maqui Berry!
A researcher at the University of Chile called John Hanke discovered that these small berries have many benefits such as reducing allergies, inflammation whilst also helping to slow down the aging process, this he believed to be due to its high levels of antioxidants as I already mentioned.
The anthocyanins found in this fruit have been researched by numerous laboratories and their findings suggest that it may have the ability to inhibit the creation of blood clots which can result in strokes, pulmonary embolism, peripheral vascular disease and heart attack, this is due to they way in which it works to decrease the coagulation of blood platelets.
Some research also suggests that if you are suffering from high cholesterol this fruit may help you as the the anthocyanins are believed to increase our levels of good cholesterol whilst preventing bad cholesterol from being oxidised and causing heart problems.
Most significantly these berries help to reduce inflammation, this is crucial for our well being and if we want to remain healthy, avoiding diseases that are related to old age. Dr Juan Hancke studied in depth the properties of maqui berries and believed that the antioxidants found in them include
- triterpenes ,
- and delphinidin.
The latter being particularly significant in aiding the reduction of inflammation.Therefore if you are worried about diseases such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease then using this powder may help to significantly reduce your chances of getting these illnesses.
Maqui Berry and Weight Loss
It is believed that maqui can help people to lose weight this is due to the fact that when it is consumed it helps the body to produce insulin this in turn suppresses blood glucose and gives your body an even distribution of energy so you are less likely to feel hungry and end up eating highly processed sugar laden food which can prevent you from loosing weight.
Finally these super berries contain antibacterial compounds which mean they may be used to treat infections especially food borne infections. These healing properties are probably why the native Chileans have been using them for centuries.
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