Raw Health: Macqui

 

Considered the highest antioxidant fruit on the planet, Maqui Berries are grown in the Patagonia Region of Chile. This unique deep-purple berry is harvested only once a year. As with most other fruits, berries found in the Equatorial regions of the world are more potent and contain higher antioxidant levels than fruits grown in milder climates. Maqui grows in dense thickets from 3–5 m in height which reach maturity between December and March. The berries can be eaten fresh or used for juice, jams or wine.

What are the health benefits?

Maqui is a natural remedy for several health conditions, including arthritis and high cholesterol. In addition, Maqui is said to protect against some forms of cancer (such as colon cancer) and a number of inflammation-related diseases (including diabetes and heart disease). Maqui can also help support weight-loss, slow the ageing process, promote detox and stimulate the immune system.

The fruits have been used in Chilean folk medicine as anti-diarrhoeic, anti-inflammatory, anti-haemorrhagic and febrifuge remedies.

Studies show that Maqui contains Anthocyanins, a type of potent Antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that delay the oxidation process, which is the natural deterioration of cells leading to ageing. A growing body of literature points to the importance of natural Antioxidants from many plants, which may be used to reduce cellular oxidative damage, not only in foods, but also in the human body. This may provide protection against a wide range of chronic diseases.

How can I eat it?

Early in the day is best, Maqui is a great addition to your buckinis or smoothies. Add one teaspoon of Maqui Powder to meet your daily requirement. If you need an antioxidising hit in the evening, Maqui’s sweet, tart flavour goes great with many desserts! Try it added to a raw cheesecake or chocolate cake, or even in a chia pudding or sprinkled on porridge. Unlike many other powders, you’ll never get that grainy quality with Maqui. It dissolves beautifully, emanating a delicious purple sweetness.

Check out our Maqui Berry Powder in the Raw Food Store.

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