The Maqui berry is one fruit that you can easily mistake for the Acai or Aronia berry. Covered with deep purple skin, the Maqui berries has the scientific name of Aristotelia chilensis. It originated from Chile and southern Argentina. The Maqui berry tree can grow as tall as 5 meters and the berries are around 4-6 mm in diameter.
It was indicated that an indigenous group of people, the Mapuche, consumed Maqui berries for its resilient trait against harsh weather conditions and the healthful benefits they give.
Some of these benefits include:
- Improved immune systems
- Cellular rejuvenation
- Energy boosters
Rich in antioxidants, the Maqui berry contains bioflavanoids. It has anthocyanins and polyphenols that can also help protect you from free radicals and even neutralizes them. From eating these berries, you get a high dose of Vitamin C, iron and potassium.
In summary, instead of drinking red wine, you can have the Maqui berry as a substitute. This purple-black fruit has been repackaged into drinks, powder forms and capsules. Whichever you choose, you get practically the same nutrient content.