Maqui powder: uses and nutritional benefits

The Maqui is a fruit tree belonging to the Eleocarpaceae family. Native to Chile, this small shrub is appreciated for its dark blue berries. They are consumed raw, cooked or juice by local people. To take advantage of their benefits outside of South America, Maqui berries are dried and ground into a powder. Maqui powder is a concentrate of vitality. Extremely rich in vitamin C (which gives them a slightly acid taste), they fight against fatigue and stimulate the immune system. The vitamin C also participates in the conception of collagen, a protein which constitutes numerous systems of the body: skeleton, gum, tooth, skin, blood vessels... With regard to its nutritional profile, scientists have studied the different properties of Maqui powder. It seems that Maqui is a more than interesting antioxidant power. Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-pain properties. Finally, Maqui prevents blood sugar disorders and dyslipidemia. Latin name: Aristotele chilensis (Molina) Stuntz. Botanical family: Eleocarpaceae. Part used: Berry.

Recommended consumption

Maqui powder is a concentrate of energy and nutrients. It is best to increase the doses as you go along in order to avoid unpleasant side effects. In a classic cure or for pleasure,1 to 4 teaspoons of Maqui powder per day.

In what form?

To make the most of their benefits, you can use them :

  • In powder form
At what time of day?

We advise you to use them during the following meal(s) to take full advantage of their benefits:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Dinner
What modes of use?

You can incorporate them into the following preparations to make them easier to take:

  • Dessert
  • Yoghurt, dairy
  • Dish
  • Smoothies, juices
  • Compote

Health Nutrition Benefits

15g of Maqui powder contains a significant portion of the Population Nutritional Reference (PNR) for Fiber and Vitamin C.

As such, Maqui Powder can complement your healthy and varied diet.


Maqui powder improves insulin tolerance and reduces fasting hyperglycemia. These effects improve the management of blood sugar levels. Thanks to its fibers, Maqui powder will also reduce the concentration of cholesterol in the blood. Finally, it is full of polyphenol that will fight against inflammation and oxidative stress of atherosclerosis, factors of prevention of cardiovascular pathologies.

Digestive system

A diet low in fiber promotes constipation (see our guide constipation and diet). Maqui powder is a good source of fiber, it participates in digestive comfort and restores digestive transit.

Cardiac system

The Maqui powder is cardioprotective. With its richness in vitamin C, it will support the structure of arteries and veins. Low in sodium, Maqui powder will protect the heart from blood pressure disorders. These disorders in the long term increase the prevalence of cardiac disorders. Finally, Maqui powder contains anthocyanins, compounds known to protect the heart.

Nervous system, well-being

In case of tiredness, bet on the Maqui powder. It provides carbohydrates, which are essential fuel for the body. Also, Maqui is extremely rich in vitamin C and provides carbohydrates. Vitamin C reduces fatigue and fights against iron deficiency (by stimulating iron absorption). Iron deficiency is a source of great fatigue. Note also that vitamin C participates in the synthesis of catecholamine, such as adrenaline and noradrenaline: stimulating messengers.

Bone system

By contributing to the production of collagen (a constituent of the skeleton) through its vitamin C content, Maqui powder supports bone strength and prevents fractures.

Muscles and joints

By providing vitamin C, Maqui powder preserves the health of the joints. Vitamin C participates in the synthesis of collagen. It brings strength and solidity to the joints.

Body, face and hair care

With its vitamin C content, Maqui powder reduces the appearance of skin spots, brightens the skin and stimulates collagen production. Over time, the body produces less collagen, leading to the appearance of wrinkles.

Immune system

Maqui is an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to maintain the normal functioning of the immune system. The vitamin C in Maqui powder reinforces the benefits of a varied and balanced diet.

Oral system

Maqui powder fights against vitamin C deficiency, which leads to serious disorders of the oral cavity. A deficiency in vitamin C, or even the deficiency disease caused by the absence of vitamin C: scurvy, can cause gingivitis, gum damage and loosening of the teeth.

Nutritional properties

Main properties

  • Antioxidant (vitamin C, polyphenol): maqui powder is distinguished by its powerful antioxidant effect. It contains a lot of vitamin C and polyphenols. In polyphenols, we find anthocyanins and more particularly delphinidins. The delphinidins would have the most powerful antioxidant activity among the anthocyanins.
  • Anti-inflammatory (anthocyanin): thanks to the anthocyanins it contains, Maqui powder inhibits the secretion of inflammatory cytokines (components involved in the inflammatory reaction). This property is supported by various scientific studies.
  • Cardiovascular protector (anthocyanin): maqui powder is an anthocyanin carrier. The cardio-protective effect of anthocyanins has been proven. It should also be noted that Maqui powder is low in sodium. It contributes to the maintenance of a normal blood pressure, preventing cardiac complications.
  • Glucose Regulator: A scientific study conducted on 31 prediabetic subjects over three months shows that Maqui powder improves the participants' blood glucose profile. Supplementation with Maqui extract improved their glucose tolerances and reduced glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C, a reflection of average blood sugar) levels.
  • Hypocholesterolemic : Maqui powder would improve the lipid profile. A scientific study of 3 months on 31 participants supplemented with Maqui extract certifies a significant decrease in LDL-cholesterol and VLDL-cholesterol, with an increase in HDL-cholesterol. This same study indicates that there is no impact on the concentration of total cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Pain Relief: it would appear that Maqui powder is an antinociceptive effect. A scientific study on animals testifies that Maqui powder would be a promising supplement in pain management. On the other hand, other scientific studies are necessary to truly affirm this property in humans.
  • Contributes to energy metabolism (carbohydrate, vitamin C): maqui powder is energetic. This energy is mostly provided by carbohydrates, the fuel of the cells. In addition, the vitamin C that Maqui powder holds also contributes to the proper functioning of energy metabolism.
  • Laxative (fiber): rich in fiber, Maqui powder will participate in intestinal comfort. Fibers have the particularity to swell in the presence of water. Within the intestinal lumen, they will increase the volume of stool which stimulates intestinal transit.

Secondary properties

  • Immunomodulant (vitamin C): Maqui powder supports the immune response by contributing to vitamin C intakes. The role of vitamin C in the immune system is still poorly defined, it appears to be involved in immune cell mobility.
  • Nervous balancer (vitamin C): by its richness in vitamin C, Maqui powder participates in the biosynthesis of catecholamines. Catecholamines are hormones or neurotransmitters, such as adrenaline, dopamine or noradrenaline.
  • Vasculoprotector (vitamin C): Maqui powder helps maintain the integrity and normal functioning of blood vessels. Indeed, the richly concentrated vitamin C in Maqui will participate in the formation of collagen. Collagen is a protein that makes up the middle layer (media) of blood vessels.
  • Protector of the osteoarticular system (vitamin C): Maqui powder is a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C contributes to the formation of collagen. Collagen is the most represented protein in the body, especially in bones, tendons, cartilage and ligaments.
  • Dental Protector (Vitamin C): vitamin C provides Maqui powder with oral health benefits. This is because vitamin C is involved in the biosynthesis of collagen. Collagen is an important component of gum tissue and dental tissue (except for tooth enamel).
  • Anti-fatigue (vitamin C): Maqui powder is extremely rich in vitamin C: 2 tablespoons of Maqui powder are enough to fully meet our daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C is known to reduce fatigue. It also fights against iron deficiency by increasing its absorption. An iron deficiency increases the feeling of fatigue.
  • Firming (vitamin C): Maqui powder is packed with vitamin C. It thus supports the formation of collagen. This protein provides the skin with strength and firmness.

Nutritional values

*Recommended Daily Allowance

To know more about the plant : The Maqui

The Maqui belongs to the Elaocarpaceae family. It is an evergreen tree from 4 to 6 m high. It is found in the south of Chile and Argentina. This small bushy tree is characterized by its lanceolate leaves. The inflorescences are formed by whitish to pale yellow flowers, hermaphrodites. After fertilization, they turn into a small blue-black berry, also called Maqui (or Macqui). The fruits are harvested from December to February. The Maqui (tree) tolerates temperate regions well and does not seem to care about its exposure.

Did you know that?

The Maqui (tree) has a Latin name: Aristotelia chilensis. Its genus "Aristotelia" refers to the Greek philosopher Aristotle. Its name "Chilensis" is dedicated to its Chilean origin.

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