According to the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, evidence overwhelmingly supports the health benefits of adding berries to your diet.  Frequently cited as fabulous sources of antioxidants and vitamins, nearly anyone can benefit by including more berries in their diet.  Raspberries, strawberries, and mulberries are great, but if you’re looking for something new, consider trying maqui berries!
What are Maqui Berries?
Maqui berries are a product of the Aristotelia chilensis plant, which grows wild in Chile and Argentina. The plant produces delicious and highly nutritious berries that have generated a lot of attention due to the health-supporting compounds they contain. The subject of modern research and hundreds of years of traditional use, maqui berries, when compared to other berries, are the standout winner as one of the richest sources of antioxidants available. 
Why are they Beneficial?
The berries, which are a deep, rich, vibrant purple color, get their color from a pigment called anthocyanin. Much more than just a source of color, anthocyanin is resistant to inflammation and responsible for much of the antioxidant power in maqui berries. 
In South American traditional medicine, maqui has been used to address symptoms of diarrhea and fever. Indigenous communities in Chile have used the leaves of the plant to dress wounds. Why? Long used as an astringent, research has confirmed the plant has antimicrobial properties. 
Supplementing with Maqui Berries
Berries, such as acai, goji, and mulberries, are perhaps among the most likely to be grouped into the “superfood” category. Maqui berries are no exception and I recommend adding them to your diet. Maqui berry juice is available, so are dried berries. Additionally, many nutritional supplements and healthy foods contain maqui berries as an ingredient. Have you tried maqui berries? Leave a comment and let us know your opinion.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM
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