By Deborah Mitchell for EmaxHealth.com
If you had to quickly name the different types of berries you have ever eaten, chances are the maqui berry would not be on your list. However, results of a new study published in Food Chemistry indicate it might be the berry to explore if you have type 2 diabetes.
What is Special about the Maqui Berry?
The maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis), also known as the Chilean wineberry, is a deep purple fruit that is native to Chile and southern Argentina, where it grows wild in great abundance. According to Chris Kilham, renowned medicine hunter and ethnobotanist who teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the native Mapuche Indians harvest tons of maqui berries for the growing commercial market.
One reason the maqui berry market is growing is the fruit’s reported health benefits, which are believed to be related to its high content of plant pigments called anthocyanins, and more specifically, delphinidins. Kilham noted that delphinidins have demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties and that maqui berries appear to cause a significant increase of insulin in the body.
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