MAQUI

OTHER NAME(S):

Aristotelia chilensis, Baie de Maqui, Chilean Maquei Berry, Chilean Wineberry, Chilean Wine Berry, Clon, Jus de Maqui, Macqui, Macqui Berry, Maquei, Maquei Berry, Maquei Super Fruit, Maqui Berry, Maqui Berry Juice, Maqui Juice, Queldron.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Maqui is a plant with purple-black berries. The plant grows in Chile and Argentina. Its berries and juice are used for food and medicinal purposes.

People use maqui for dry eye, weight loss, prediabetes, diabetes, diarrhea, fever, heart disease, fatigue, and for general health and wellness.

How does it work?

Maqui berries or juice are usually used. The berries and juice contain chemicals that act as antioxidants, which are thought to protect body cells from damage.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Dry eye. Early research shows that taking maqui extract might help with tear production and reduce feelings of dryness in the eyes.
  • Cancer.
  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Fatigue.
  • Increasing energy and stamina.
  • Prediabetes.
  • Weight loss.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of maqui.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Maqui is POSSIBLY SAFE in doses of up to 180 mg daily for up to 3 months. There is not enough information to know what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough information to know if maqui is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Maqui might lower blood glucose. If you have diabetes, use maqui cautiously and monitor blood glucose levels.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for MAQUI Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of maqui depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for maqui. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Escribano-Bailón MT, Alcalde-Eon C, Muñoz O, et al. Anthocyanins in berries of Maqui (Aristotelia chilensis (Mol.) Stuntz). Phytochem Anal 2006;17:8-14. View abstract.
  • Miranda-Rottmann S, Aspillaga AA, Pérez DD, et al. Juice and phenolic fractions of the berry Aristotelia chilensis inhibit LDL oxidation in vitro and protect human endothelial cells against oxidative stress. J Agric Food Chem 2002;50:7542-7. View abstract.
  • Rubilar M, Jara C, Poo Y, et al. Extracts of maqui (Aristotelia chilensis) and murta (Ugni molinae Turcz.): sources of antioxidant compounds and alpha-glucosidase/alpha-amylase inhibitors. J Agric Food Chem 2011;59:1630-7. View abstract.
  • Ruiz A, Hermosín-Gutiérrez I, Mardones C, et al. Polyphenols and antioxidant activity of calafate ( Berberis microphylla ) fruits and other native berries from Southern Chile. J Agric Food Chem 2010;58:6081-9. View abstract.
  • Suwalsky M, Vargas P, Avello M, et al. Human erythrocytes are affected in vitro by flavonoids of Aristotelia chilensis (Maqui) leaves. Int J Pharm 2008;363:85-90. View abstract.
  • Alvarado J, Schoenlau F, Leschot A, Salgad AM, Vigil Portales P. Delphinol® standardized maqui berry extract significantly lowers blood glucose and improves blood lipid profile in prediabetic individuals in three-month clinical trial. Panminerva Med. 2016;58(3 Suppl 1):1-6. View abstract.
  • Alvarado JL, Leschot A, Olivera-Nappa Á, et al. Delphinidin-rich maqui berry extract (Delphinol®) lowers fasting and postprandial glycemia and insulinemia in prediabetic individuals during oral glucose tolerance tests. Biomed Res Int. 2016;2016:9070537. View abstract.
  • Davinelli S, Bertoglio JC, Zarrelli A, Pina R, Scapagnini G. A randomized clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of an anthocyanin-maqui berry extract (Delphinol®) on oxidative stress biomarkers. J Am Coll Nutr. 2015;34 Suppl 1:28-33. View abstract.
  • Escribano-Bailón MT, Alcalde-Eon C, Muñoz O, et al. Anthocyanins in berries of Maqui (Aristotelia chilensis (Mol.) Stuntz). Phytochem Anal 2006;17:8-14. View abstract.
  • Hidalgo J, Flores C, Hidalgo MA, et al. Delphinol® standardized maqui berry extract reduces postprandial blood glucose increase in individuals with impaired glucose regulation by novel mechanism of sodium glucose cotransporter inhibition. Panminerva Med. 2014;56(2 Suppl 3):1-7. View abstract.
  • Hitoe S, Tanaka J, Shimoda H. MaquiBright&#8482; standardized maqui berry extract significantly increases tear fluid production and ameliorates dry eye-related symptoms in a clinical pilot trial. Panminerva Med. 2014;56(3 Suppl 1):1-6.View abstract.
  • Miranda-Rottmann S, Aspillaga AA, Pérez DD, et al. Juice and phenolic fractions of the berry Aristotelia chilensis inhibit LDL oxidation in vitro and protect human endothelial cells against oxidative stress. J Agric Food Chem 2002;50:7542-7. View abstract.
  • Rubilar M, Jara C, Poo Y, et al. Extracts of maqui (Aristotelia chilensis) and murta (Ugni molinae Turcz.): sources of antioxidant compounds and alpha-glucosidase/alpha-amylase inhibitors. J Agric Food Chem 2011;59:1630-7. View abstract.
  • Ruiz A, Hermosín-Gutiérrez I, Mardones C, et al. Polyphenols and antioxidant activity of calafate ( Berberis microphylla ) fruits and other native berries from Southern Chile. J Agric Food Chem 2010;58:6081-9. View abstract.
  • Schön C, Wacker R, Micka A, Steudle J, Lang S, Bonnländer B. Bioavailability study of maqui berry extract in healthy subjects. Nutrients. 2018;10(11). pii: E1720. View abstract.
  • Suwalsky M, Vargas P, Avello M, et al. Human erythrocytes are affected in vitro by flavonoids of Aristotelia chilensis (Maqui) leaves. Int J Pharm 2008;363:85-90. View abstract.
  • Vergara D, Ávila D, Escobar E, Carrasco-Pozo C, Sánchez A, Gotteland M. The intake of maqui (Aristotelia chilensis) berry extract normalizes H2O2 and IL-6 concentrations in exhaled breath condensate from healthy smokers - an explorative study. Nutr J. 2015;14:27. View abstract.
  • Viuda-Martos M, Lucas-Gonzalez R, Ballester-Costa C, Pérez-Álvarez JA, Muñoz LA, Fernández-López J. Evaluation of protective effect of different dietary fibers on polyphenolic profile stability of maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis (Molina) Stuntz) during in vitro gastrointestinal digestion. Food Funct. 2018;9(1):573-584. View abstract.

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