From the blueberry to the goji berry, the super berry has been taking the health scene by storm. Low calorie, low carbohydrate and packed full of antioxidants: there’s no wonder why we are going bonkers for berries!
One of the latest additions to the super berry bedlam is the Maqui Berry. Grown in abundance within Southern Chile, Maqui Berry, referred to botanically as Aristotelia Chilensis, it is claimed to be one of the greatest super berries of the bunch.
So what’s the score with Maqui Berry?
Where is it from?
The Maqui Berry can be found growing almost everywhere in its native homelands of Southern Chile and Argentina.
What are the health benefits?
When it comes to antioxidant power, it doesn’t get much better than the Maqui Berry. Studies show that maqui contains anthocyanins, a potent type of antioxidant, found to contribute toward the protection against heart disease.
Maqui is all praised as a natural remedy or protectant for several health conditions, including arthritis and high cholesterol. In addition, maqui is purported to protect against a number of inflammation-related diseases (including diabetes and heart disease).
What does it taste like?
If you are able to get your hands on maqui berries in their purest form, perhaps whilst visiting their native countries, the berry has a slightly tart flavour that has been described as having hints of blackberry, blueberry, watermelon and acai. Unfortunately, Maqui Berries are a very rare find currently in their purest form, however, you can still reap the benefits of the berry by incorporating maqui berry supplements into your diet.
How to use it?
Give your smoothies a super boost with the myvitamins’ Maqui Berry Powder, or stir it into plain Greek yoghurt for a wonderfully zingy yoghurt that will bring a multidimensional flavour to your afternoon snack!