The maqui berry’s scientific name is aristotelia chilensis. Yes, that means it’s from Chile. And yes, that means it is named after the Greek philosopher Aristotle. That’s appropriate in this case, because to paraphrase Aristotle, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” for this superfood.
The Mapuche natives in the Patagonia region have harvested maqui berries for centuries, using them as both a food and for medicinal purposes. In modern times, the berries are recognized for their significant antioxidants, similar to blueberries, strawberries, and other fruits.
Antioxidants have been linked to a wide variety of benefits, such as preventing cell damage, improved heart health, lower blood pressure, and moderating blood sugar.
More specifically, the antioxidant effects in maqui berries come from their anthocyanins. You can find natural food sources with abundant amounts of anthocyanins by looking for fruits and vegetables that are deep blue or purple, like blueberries, plums, and eggplant. And of course you can also get them via the maqui berry found in Crux Recover.
* Note that this article is not medical advice. Always talk to a medical professional about health matters.