Find out the truth about disease-fighting, metabolism-boosting Maqui “Superberry” — without exposing yourself to empty promises and scams
Recently Pomegranate, Mangosteen, Goji berries and Acai berries were the Superfruit and Superberries on the tips of everyone’s tongue. Nutritionists and scientific research couldn’t deny the potential health benefits that are linked to these vibrant-coloured, antioxidant-rich, very delicious, and very ordinary fruit.
Their nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants help boost energy, metabolism and the immune system. They also boast detoxifying properties, which is very appealing for people who like to feel clean inside and out, and they appeared in every product form on grocery, pharmacy, and specialty store shelves. Well, no hard feelings for the former all-star team of super fruit, but new research suggests that a little purple berry native to the Patagonia Region of Chile and Argentina, known to locals as the Maqui Berry or Chilean Wineberry, may be the biggest Super Berry of all time. The lab coats have discovered that the Maqui Berry has an ORAC-H (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of 27,000 units — roughly three times that of the Acai Berry, and five time that of Blueberries. To put the Maqui superberry’s off-the-charts values into perspective, nutritionists recommend that we eat 12,000 ORAC units per day, but the average person only consumes 3-4,000 units.
"As we age our cells continue to be affected by free radicals, our organs begin to degenerate, and aging accelerates. Our body produces natural antioxidants to combat oxidative stress and inflammation and the cell damage that results. The aging process and the various environmental stressors that we face everyday could create more free radicals than our bodies can naturally fight off. Maqui superberry is packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins and polyphenols, [which have the] ability to neutralize free radicals and potentially mitigate health imbalances," explains Ward Bond, Ph.D., Nutrition Educator. Dr. Bond makes regular appearances on FOX news, ABC news, and on his own show streamed online at DrWard.com.
Translation: Without additional antioxidants from berries, fruits, and vegetables, your body can’t effectively fight against the free radicals that damage body cells; leading to illness, weakened immune system and organ function, disease, and tumour growth. And you're probably not getting anywhere close to the minimum recommended daily antioxidant value. Here's why you'll be hearing a lot more about Maqui Superberry, and how you can get what you need to make your body function at its maximum potential:
The Superhero of Superberries
What's most remarkable about antioxidants is the number of health benefits they’ve been linked to. Ongoing medical research has shown that fruits and vegetables are good sources of many antioxidants, and it is reported that diets rich in these foods are associated with a lower risk of the chronic diseases of cancer and heart disease. Healthy levels of antioxidants can also be directly attributed to improving brain health and function, strengthening the immune system, increasing metabolism (converting fat to energy for healthy weight loss), improving eye health, treating existing serious diseases such as diabetes, and helping to prevent the onset of serious diseases and tumors (by preventing or repairing cell damage caused by free radicals). And so, it is believed that a healthy diet rich in antioxidants is crucial to reduce the risk of tissue damage that causes disease. [Source: World Health Organization: VITAMIN AND MINERAL REQUIREMENTS IN HUMAN NUTRITION. http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2004/9241546123_chap8.pdf]
If you don't yet suffer from any of these conditions, getting these potentially lifesaving nutrients from the mega-antioxidant-rich Maqui Berry may be exactly what the doctor ordered. According to research, Maqui berries have been traditionally used by the Mapuche Amerindians to treat many ailments, and their benefits are recognized today by Doctors who practice Western medicine in the region. Maqui berries, in various forms (soup, juice, whole berry, dried, supplements) are prescribed to relieve dermatological issues, sore throats, fever, diarrhea, ulcers, and hemorrhoids. They also prescribed for use during child birth, and are believed to control and prevent the growth of cancerous and benign tumors. The Maqui leaves exhibit antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. They have been used to treat diabetes. Nutrition experts, including Dr. Ward Bond, Nutrition Educator, and food nutrition researchers at TUFFs University (developers of ORAC scale), recommend daily antioxidant and anthocyanin (gives the berry its deep purple pigment) amounts for adults be at least 12,000 units, possibly more.
Why we are not getting enough Antioxidants in our diets
So why are we coming up short when antioxidants are naturally produced in our bodies? Diet. There, I said it. The dreaded D-word. Most people don’t mind if you criticize their shoes or hair, but if you dare point a finger at what they pile on their plate, watch how fast they get on the defensive. The short answer to the question “why aren’t we getting enough antioxidants?” is: the average North American and European diet is one of convenience, not nutrition. We eat what makes us feel full, and is fast and cheap.
Antioxidants are missing from the foods we eat. Starch, refined flour and sugar, oil, fat, and highly processed meat make up what the majority of the population eats. Noticeably absent are appropriate portions of berries, fruit, and vegetables. Berries, fruit, and vegetables are an important dietary source of antioxidant nutrients and dietary fibre, and it is now well established that people who consume generous amounts of these foods have a lower risk of chronic disease than those who eat lesser amounts. According to the World Health Organization, these observations suggest that the antioxidant nutrient requirements of the general population can be met by eating “five portions [of berries, fruit, or vegetables] a day.” [Source: World Health Organization: VITAMIN AND MINERAL REQUIREMENTS IN HUMAN NUTRITION. http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2004/9241546123_chap8.pdf].
See the Maqui benefits for yourself
There's a simple way to get the benefits of the Maqui superberry without having to travel to Patagonia to get a prescription or eat a local dish. It’s a rare occurrence when a nutrition expert advises that the best way to take advantage of the Maqui berry’s antioxidant rich benefits is to take it in the form of a supplement. As Dr. Manny Alvarez points out in a Fox News item, Maqui superberry has the “highest antioxidant values of all the known superfruits,” and “it can now be found in sports drinks, anti-aging agents and overall wellness products, but capsules will offer you the best bang for your buck.”
When organically sourced and freeze dried in certified facilities, nutritional supplements are the easiest, safest and cheapest way to get the full benefits of pure Maqui Berry.
Can you have too much of a good thing? Like all nutrients, there is only so much your body is equipped to process at a time. Going overboard with antioxidants is possible. Maqui berry products available in North America and Europe contain clear labelling that outline the recommended daily intake of each product. The directions are based on scientific evidence-based nutrition guidelines for that product and take the guess work out of it for you. Read the labels, follow the directions. So enjoy the product, the taste, the benefits, and don’t doctor the dosage.
- Take a daily Maqui Superberry supplement according to the label’s directions and eat generous portions of richly-coloured berries, fruits and vegetables—at least 5 servings per day.
- When buying supplements or fortified foods, make sure the label reads organically and ethically sourced. This ensures that you are getting real, pure Maqui Berry that was harvested in a sustainable way.
- Ask your doctor to order blood tests for you, especially if you have a family history of heart disease, or cancer. If you are concerned about your nutrition program, your doctor can help you.
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