The more human civilization is advancing the more new issues are arising. Among them the health issues are probably the most in number. And among all of these ‘overweight and obesity’ tops the list. Every year an impressive average of $78.5 billion is spent around the world for this purpose. People are, generally, more interested in natural weight loss than medically aided weight loss, i.e., taking drugs like orlistat (Xenical, Alli), naltrexone-bupropion (Contrave), phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia, lorcaserin (Belviq) and liraglutide (Saxenda). In the pursuit of natural weight loss some foods and ingredients are admired to the highest degree and consumed at the highest rate. Maqui Berry is one of them. Lets know everything about it.
What is Maqui Berry?
Maqui berry is a wineberry kind of fruit which is deep purple and native to Chile. It has been used widely by the native people of central and southern Chile. They call it Mapuche. It started to gain popularity in North America and the outer world around 2010.
Maqui berry (Aristotelia Chilensis) is not at all native only to Chile. They have been cultivated since the 1700’s in the UK, and in the USA since the 1900’s.
What do They Taste Like?
The maqui berry is slightly sweet. It has got a tart fruit flavor. You might find it to be a combination of blackberry, watermelon, acai and blueberry. Whatever the flavor is, it’s the super storehouse of antioxidants that people go mad for.
Consuming in the best way
The bottomline is that the maqui berries are really helpful in so many aspects. The best form of them for dietary use is dried powder. Freeze Dried Maqui Berry Powder can generally be used for as long as 2 to 3 years or as directed by the producer.
Health Benefits of Maqui Berry
The basic theory is that antioxidants (it’s actually not the name of a substance but what a wide range of substances can do) help lose weight. And maqui berry is extremely high in antioxidants. They are sometimes called the powerhouse berries which also support the immune system.
Sometimes, however, it’s claimed that maqui berries can suppress appetite, increase energy and improve digestion. These claims are not researched and studied systematically or proved clinically. They are all typical results of consuming antioxidants.
The only proven fact is that they help you lose weight. The other additional fact that can be considered a bit further than hypotheses (some people claim that they have tested it practically) is that maqui berries boost cell regeneration and thus decrease aging skin.
The maqui berry supplement can be taken included with a complete diet and fitness plan and the antioxidant will help to reduce extra fat in the body and thereby lose weight.
The result, however, may not be as dramatic as suggested by the advertisers because most part of the ‘weight loss’ is, generally done by the placebo effect of the healthy diet. After all, the great piles of fat and other ‘unnecessary deposits’ in the body that grew there over years are unfeasible to break down by one or two weeks.
Even if it does melt down so rapidly the dieter is infallibly going to experience some kind of inconvenience and troubles like fatigue, dizziness, headaches, constipation, irritability, hair loss and even menstrual irregularities. Therefore, the old ‘slow and steady’ is the best choice.
Now we’ll try to explain some of the excellent benefits of the maqui berry:
1. Superstore of antioxidant
This has been discussed in detail earlier and does not require any.more addition to it.
2. It may help fight inflammation
There are some unsupported sources that claim to have done research that suggest these berries could help combat inflammations like type 2 diabetes, arthritis and certain lung conditions. (source 1, source 2)
3. It may prevent heart disease
Maqui berries contain anthocyanins which have been linked to preventing the risk of heart attacks. One study conducted on 93600 young and middle-aged women found that foods rich in anthocyanins could reduce the risk of heart attacks upto 32%.
Another study carried out on 31 people with prediabetes found that 0.18 gram of delphinol, a concentrated maqui berry supplement, could reduce low-density lipoprotein level of blood by an average of 12.5%.
4. It may help control blood sugar
A healthy body breaks down blood sugar and produces energy. Complications arise when consumption and breaking down of blood sugar don’t level and the excessive amount gets deposited in the blood. It then creates cardiovascular disease, nerve damage (neuropathy), kidney damage and many other life threatening health issues.
What the maqui berry extract does is that it reduces the blood sugar in a natural (or physiological) way and thereby gets the body to produce energy rather than store them in blood sugar form.
5. It may prevent dry eyes
This is a well discussed side of what maqui berries can do. Everyday our eyes catch a wide variety of lights (from sun, computer, various types of electric bulbs, mobile phone etc.). Among them some types (like ultra violet, blue violet lights) are harmful for our eyes.
A pilot study showed that if someone orally takes maqui berry extract .03 to .60 regularly in any form it may produce enough tear fluid to protect dry. Though it’s not clear whether the damaged cells due to exposure to harmful lights could be repaired, the general result of having the eye free of soreness should be considered as enough.
6. It may promote healthy intestine
Our intestine contains millions of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Most of them are healthy, meaning they help digest our food that comes to the intestine.
However, sometimes some kinds of malfunctioning bacteria, growing in certain conditions, can create complications instead. Most antioxidant foods destroy the habitat of those ‘bad boys’ and nourish the ‘good bacteria’ to regain a healthy gut.
7. Easy to add to diets
The last thing that is very important about maqui berries is that any form of them– the fresh fruit, powder or extract– are not at all like the medicine to be taken with a grimacing face. They taste fairly well and the power form can be used with so many healthy and delicious dishes.
The general indication is 2 to 3 tsp. But for the first few days, however, you might need to take half and observe how your body reacts to it. Once you find it compatible with your type, you can take it by adding it to smoothies, juice, milk or any favorite drink, cereals, salads, fresh fruits or desserts.
In a world of unhealthy, junk foods that always put our health at risks we can make a change by getting habituated with some natural foods and diets that could reduce our costs of health issues and increase our age naturally.