Maqui Berry Powder - Organic Freeze Dried

Our Raw Freeze Dried Organic Maqui Berry powder ranks highest on a broad spectrum of ORAC tests, used to determine antioxidant levels in foods. In other words, Maqui Berry has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any food in the entire world! In fact, this amazing fruit contains more antioxidants than Acai, Goji and Pomegranate combined together. Maqui is a small, potent, dark purple berry found only in the Patagonia region of South America which stretches from Chile to Antarctica. Bordered by two oceans far away from human pollution, Patagonia is considered one of the most pristine and cleanest places on Earth, a perfect place for this often called "Patagonia Super Fruit" to grow.

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This brilliant berry has been a powerful health secret of the Mapuche Indians of Southern and Central Chile who utilized its possible natural healing abilities and medicinal qualities on a variety of conditions. The Mapuche Indians are known as having one of the longest life spans of any ethnic group on the planet. Many feel it is possibly due to their continuous use of the Maqui Berry. There are legendary stories of Mapuche warriors who drank a sacred Maqui beverage several times a day to provide them with exemplary strength and stamina during battles. The Mapuche remain the only Native American tribe that remained unconquered for over 300 years in their land, sustaining victory time and time again against anyone who challenged them. They defeated the Incas, English colonists and Spanish conquistadors who all believed it was due to this phenomenal Maqui drink. It was only through treaties of the 19th century that the Mapuche ultimately blended into the Spanish culture that was established in their homelands. The Maqui Shrub, which means "benevolence and peaceful intention", was one of the three sacred plants of the Mapuche people adorning the ceremonial altars of their festivals. It remains a symbol of health, strength and healing of this renowned tribe.

Once used as an indigenous remedy, today the Maqui berry is being praised as the most powerful botanical antioxidant on Earth due to its vast amount of anthocyanins, polyphenols and bioflavaoids which may protect our bodies from harmful free radicals. Anthocyanins are produced by plants for self protection from the sun and other dangerous biological elements. These anthocyanins are what give the Maqui Berry its rich, deep color. Anthocyanins have been known to possibly neutralize harmful enzymes that can destroy tissue, promoting tissue regeneration and repairing damaged proteins in the blood vessel walls. Anthocyanins may also support healthy eyesight, support healthy cardiovascular function and blood sugar levels. Documented studies have revealed that Anthocyanins may have a variety of benefits which may support a healthy inflammation response and thermogenic qualities which may possibly support healthy weight loss. Maqui berry is a natural source of Vitamin A, C, calcium, iron and potassium and may provide some of the strongest physiological effects of any individual plant compound.

Some possible traditional uses of Wildcrafted Raw Organic Freeze Dried Maqui Berry Powder may include:

  • May support healthy weight loss
  • May support healthy metabolic function
  • May support healthy energy and stamina levels
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • May support a healthy immune system response
  • May support overall cardiovascular health 
  • May support a healthy aging process
  • Containing 300% more anthocyanins & 150% more polyphenols than any other food or drink known to man

Constituents of Maqui berry include:

  • Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium
  • Vitamins: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B-6, Folate, Choline, Betaine, Vitamin A (RAE), Beta carotene, Vitamin A (IU), Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Vitamin E, Beta Tocopherol, Gamma Tocopherol, Delta Tocopherol, Vitamin K
  • Amino Acids: Tryptophan, Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine,. Lysine, Methionine, Cystine, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Valine, Arginine, Histidine, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Proline, Serine
  • Anthocyanidins: Petunidin, Delphinidin, Malvidin
  • Phenolic Compounds: Cyanidin 3-Glucoside, Hesperidin, Diosmin, Gallic Acid
  • Other Phytochemicals: Polyphenols, Anthocyanins, Cumarins, Triterpenes, Flavonoids

This product is 100% natural and minimally processed. Taste, smell, texture, and color may vary from batch to batch.

Suggested Use: Mix 1 tablespoon with juice, yogurt or add to your favorite smoothie.

Mixing suggestions: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with our organic acerola powder in a smoothie.  

Botanical Name: Aristotelia Chilensis.

Other Names: Chilean Wineberry, Maquei, Queldron, Ach, Koelon, and Clon.

Parts Used: Whole, Maqui Berry (Including Seed).

Ingredients: Raw Freeze Dried Maqui Berry.

Origin: Wildcrafted and freeze dried in Chile. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.

Certifications: USDA Certified Organic.

Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Raw Freeze Dried Maqui Berry is Wildcrafted and certified Organic and passes our strict quality assurance which typically includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Wildcrafted Raw Organic Freeze Dried Maqui Berry packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Raw Organic Freeze Dried Wildcrafted Maqui Berry in a cool, dark, dry place.

 

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