The deep purple maqui berries grow on the "maqui tree”, more scientifically known
as Aristotelia chilensis species under the Elaeocarpaceae family that abundantly
grows and is consumed by the Mapuches Indians in the Patagonia region in Chile.
It's medicinal and health properties made it a favorite health food supplement so
that its cultivation has now spread around the world in similar climes. Recent studies
have revealed that the fruit contains high levels of polyphenols that has supplanted
the acai berry as a more potent antioxidant ingredient in diet supplements. In fact,
among all foods, not just fruits, the maqui berry has the highest antioxidant content.
As the main active ingredient in diet supplements, the maqui berry’s antioxidant
properties do not directly cause weight loss for obese persons taking them. Rather,
its anti-oxidative provided nutritional support in any dieting and exercise regimen
aimed at reducing weight.
How Does Maqui Berry Work For Weight Loss?
Weight loss involves burning those fat deposits stored in our adipose muscle tissues
which trap toxins released in the digestive process. Breaking down these fat molecules
releases the toxins that cause the liver to get overworked in removing them. Taking
antioxidants help relieve the liver to get rid of the free radicals that come with
released toxins. In short, taking antioxidative food supplements maintains your body’s
strength during any fat-burning process.
Food supplements containing maqui berry in the right amounts provide this nutritional
support. So do all other food supplements and diet pills with antioxidant ingredients.
But it is important to remember that the level of weight loss has no direct relationship
with the amount of antioxidants taken. There is no right dosage to fall back on and
different individuals tend to respond differently due to their varying genetic make-up.
More importantly, there is still no clinical trial on human subjects that can confirm
weight loss benefits using antioxidants.
Is Maqui Berry Safe?
Supplements with 100% freeze-dried maqui berry fruit extract would be similar to
eating the fruit itself. There have been no side effects reported for taking it as
a health food supplement. But being prudent means taking some caution by consulting
with your doctor before taking any non-prescriptive drug or food supplement, especially
if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, have known allergies to artificial and natural
chemicals suffer any chronics medical problem or are taking in prescriptive medication
that could react and cause complications.