Organic Maqui Berry Powder (Freeze-Dried)
Our Organic Freeze-Dried Maqui Berry Powder is one of the most powerful antioxidants available in food form. The maqui berry ranks the highest on ORAC tests, claiming a rating of 69,930, more than the acai berry and goji berry combined. Many studies have shown that antioxidants, like those found in Our Organic Freeze-Dried Maqui Berry Powder, help to protect against free radicals. Enjoy our Organic Freeze-Dried Maqui Berry Powder in smoothies and shakes, or sprinkle on top of yogurt and granola.
The Amazing Health Benefit of the Maqui Berry – Patagonia’s Superfruit
Our Organic Freeze-Dried Maqui Berry Powder may be one of the most powerful sources of antioxidants in food form in the world. The maqui berry continuously ranks at the highest levels on ORAC tests, which are conducted to determine the antioxidant level in foods. Weighing in at an incredible 69,930, the antioxidants in maqui berries are more potent than those in acai berries and goji berries combined. Our Organic Freeze-Dried Maqui Berry Powder gets its strong antioxidant properties from the presence of anthocyanins, polyphenols, and bioflavonoids.
The anthocyanins in our Organic Freeze-Dried Maqui Berry Powder are what give the superfood its rich, deep color. These anthocyanins contain nutritive enzymes that early studies have shown may be helpful in promoting tissue regeneration, repairing damaged proteins in blood vessel walls, improving eyesight, regulating blood sugar levels, and supporting healthy cardiovascular function by encouraging blood flow. The antioxidant properties of our Organic Freeze-Dried Maqui Powder may also be effective in helping to slow aging.
The History of the Maqui Berry
The small, purple berry known as the Patogonian superfruit is found only in the Patagonia region of South America, from Chile to Antarctica. Patagonia is bordered by two oceans, tucked safely away from large amounts of human pollution. This allows the region to remain clean and pristine, a perfect environment for the maqui berry to flourish.
The Mapuche Indians of Southern and Central Chili have known of the secret of the maqui berry for hundreds of years. The Mapuche revered the maqui berry as a source of healing, using it to help with ulcers, sore throats, fever, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and tumors. Mapuche women were given maqui berry to assist them through childbirth and Mapuche warriors drank maqui berry beverages several times a day to give them strength and stamina during battles.
The Maqui berry was a sacred plant to the Mapuche. They believed that the shrub, which means “benevolence and peaceful intention,” was a symbol of healing and strength. In fact the Mapuche Indians have historically enjoyed the longest lifespan of any ethnic group on earth. The Mapuche are the only tribe to remain unconquered for more than 300 years, settling into a peace treaty with the Spanish in recent times but without defeat. Could this longevity and success be due to the incorporation of the maqui berry in the diet of the Mapuche?
Why Our Organic Freeze Dried Maqui Berry Powder?
Our Organic Freeze-Dried Maqui Berry Powder is gently freeze-dried in order to maintain its full nutritional and enzymatic value. The deep purple to black berries, also known as Chilean wineberries, are freeze-dried at low temperatures to preserve vital nutrients, and then finely ground into a powder that is easy to blend into smoothies, shakes, raw desserts, and yogurt. Just one scoop of our Organic Freeze-Dried Maqui Berry Powder can provide more than a normal day's worth of antioxidant power. This superfruit, which is relatively new to the West, is both sweet and slightly tart, and is grown and processed organically to avoid exposure to heavy metals and chemical pesticides.
If cared for properly, our Organic Freeze-Dried Maqui Berry Powder has a shelf life of two to three years. To preserve the freshness of this product:
- Avoid exposure to heat. The powder will remain fresh if stored at room temperature or below.
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
- Squeeze all of the air out of the bag before sealing.
- Seal the bag tightly after each use.
- Store the powder in a dry place, and avoid all contact with moisture.
We package all of our superfood powders in all-natural brown kraft bags, each with a resealable zipper across the top. Each bag has a thin metal lining, which serves as a very effective barrier to light, oxygen, odors, flavors, moisture, and bacteria.
While printed plastic bags with clear windows may look beautiful, studies have shown that the toxins contained in the plastic are absorbed by food that is in direct contact with the plastic. Foods that are raw and all-natural, like superfood powders, are even more susceptible to this type of contamination than processed foods.
Chilean Wineberry, Maquei, Queldron, Ach, Koelon, Clon
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While much research is still being conducted, some of the possible health benefits of our Organic Freeze-Dried Maqui Berry Powder may include:
- Extremely high in antioxidants (ORAC rating of 69,930)
- May be effective in boosting the immune system
- May help to improve digestion
- Studies show that it may be beneficial for strengthening bones and joints
- May be helpful in promoting healthy, clear skin
- May be beneficial for digestion
- May help to increase strength, stamina, and energy
- May be helpful in increasing mental clarity and memory
- May be effective in maintaining proper cholesterol levels
- Used by traditional healers to promote cardiovascular health
- May help to prevent premature aging
- High in vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium.
- Studies show that it contains anti-inflammatory properties
The recommended daily usage is 1-2 teaspoons.
As with all superfood powders, listen to your body, as you may find that either a smaller or higher intake is more suitable to your body. We recommend that you start with the recommended daily amount, and, if desired, gradually increase or decrease your daily consumption.
This powder blends well with juice, rice or soy milk, and yogurt, or can be added to your favorite smoothie. It can also be mixed into your homemade energy bars. While you can add this powder to a variety of recipes, raw food enthusiasts avoid cooking or heating in order to preserve the food's nutritional value.
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