Maqui – top of superfruits
Maqui is the name for the dark purple berry from the evergreen Chilean shrub, Aristotelia chilensis. Maqui is endemic to Chile from the southern to the very south of Chile, known as Patagonia. The berries have been known for centuries by the Chilean Mapuche people that utilized maqui to make a traditional fermented energy drink to give strength and endurance to the Mapuche warriors. They named the berry “maqui” (ma´ki).
The 3-4 mm Maqui berry contains more polyphenols, especially anthocyanins, than any other known fruit or berry. Anthocyanins are also responsible for the dark purple color of the berry.
A unique composition of anthocyanins, especially with delphinidins at high levels, places the maqui berry at the top of antioxidant capacity.
The health benefits of maqui are related to the effects of the anthocyanins and their metabolites.
Intake of maqui contributes to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and helps to maintain a healthy immune system.
The mature maqui berries used for SUKO Nordic maqui products are collected by local Mapuche people in organic certified areas in the south of Chile from December to March. The harvested berries are deep frozen the same day and stored frozen until freeze-drying. The freeze-drying process ensures that the dried maqui berry retains the natural health properties of the maqui.