MaquiForza™ Organic Freeze-dried Maqui Berry Powder - Signature Ingredient
MaquiForza™ contains high potency organic, freeze-dried Maqui berry. With its exceptional ORAC levels, the Maqui berry is a traditional symbol of health and strength, having the highest anti-oxidant levels of any fruit.1
MaquiForza™ brings exotic flavor and potency to functional beverages, juices, smoothies, energy drinks, ice creams, snacks, cereals, desserts, energy bars and candies. Because of its high antioxidant levels, MaquiForza™ is a popular choice for energy and antioxidant formulas. Applications for MaquiForza™ include capsules, tablets and nutritional powders.
Maqui berries have astonishing levels of antioxidants, including anthocyanins, delphinidin, malvidin, petunidin, cumarins, triterpenes, flavonoids, and cyanidin. Maqui is also a good source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and iron.
Maqui berries are traditionally used to promote strength, endurance, and overall health. The antioxidants in Maqui berries provide protection for the body’s cells, and may help maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. Maqui berries support the cardiovascular system by encouraging blood flow, and may provide valuable benefits for the immune system, as well as supporting bone and joint health.
The anti-inflammatory activity of the Maqui berry was investigated for the first time by Chilean University researchers in 2009. Their results published in March 2010 found that “the fruits and their constituents have excellent anti-inflammatory activities and thus have great potential as a source for natural health products.”2
Maqui Research at the Universidad Austral de Chile, directed by Juan Hancke PhD, found that Maqui supports healthy blood sugar levels, is anti-inflammatory, boosts the immune system, neutralizes enzymes that destroy connective tissue, prevents oxidants from damaging connective tissue, and repairs damaged proteins in the blood-vessel walls. The research also concluded that Maqui berry lightens allergic reactions and increases capillary permeability, promotes cardiovascular health by preventing oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and protecting blood vessels wall from oxidative damage, maintains small blood vessel integrity by stabilizing capillary walls and may improve eyesight.3
The Maqui berry is a treasure from the mighty Mapuche Indians of South America, the only indigenous people in the Americas who have never been conquered by an invading force. The Mapuche have used the Maqui berry for both food and medicine for centuries to give strength and stamina and to treat health complaints.
Invading Europeans reported that the Mapuche drank heavily of a berry tea. The Maqui berry tea drinking Mapuches successfully resisted many attacking armies, including the Spanish conquistadors, the Mayans and the Incans!
Whether the astounding strength and stamina of the Mapuche Indians can be attributed to Maqui or not, who can say? But what we do know is that Maqui has been proven to have a remarkable amount of antioxidants and may be very helpful to the body in a number of ways.*
Anthocyanins are produced by plants for self-protection against sun, irradiation, diseases, and biological enemies. Anthocyanins are antioxidant flavonoids that protect many body systems and have some of the strongest physiological effects of any plant compounds. Scientists say that the harsh climate of central and southern Chile, together with recent high solar radiation (50% increase in the last 30 years) have increased the anthocyanins in the fruits and berries that are grown in that region.
1 As measured by Brunswick Laboratories.
2 arlos L CÉSPEDES, Julio ALARCON , Jose G AVILA, Antonio NIETO, “Anti-inflammatory Activity of Aristotelia chilensis Mol. (Stuntz) (Elaeocarpaceae).” ©2010 Boletín Latinoamericano y del Caribe de Plantas Medicinales y Aromáticas, 9 (2), 127 – 135.