Superfood based supplements have been popular purchases for many in recent years. The Acai Berry has been one of the most popular buzzwords in the industry, consumed by everyone from your next door neighbour to your favourite celebrity.
However, another “superberry” has emerged and has come onto the market successfully challenging Acai Berry’s phenomenal status. The newfound berry hitting the market is called the Maqui Berry (pronounced Mock-ee). Having similar properties makes it difficult to choose which you should buy. Read on to see what each berry has and what they can do for you.
Maqui Berries are grown in the Patagonian Region in Chile. They are harvested only once a year and come in a deep royal purple colour, with a similar appearance to blue berries and acai berries. Their popularity stems from the high volume of antioxidants within the berry. Antioxidants are essential to our health as they fight free radicals that can affect our health negatively.
Our environment and bad habits can make it hard for our body to replenish antioxidants as fast as we need them, making berries such as Maqui Berry unique in its own right. Maqui Berries also contain high levels of fatty acids, Vitamin C and Potassium.
Acai Berries are also known for their high antioxidant levels. They originate from an Amazon palm tree harvested in the rainforests of Brazil. Similar to the Maqui Berry, it is known for its high levels of antioxidants to combat the presence of free radicals.
The underlying point of difference between Acai Berry versus Maqui Berry is the amount of Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (otherwise known to Experts as “ORAC” value) both berries contains.
ORAC Test Reports conducted by Brunswick Laboratories indicates Maqui Berry contains 6,120 per gram or 612,000 per 100 gram (nearly 2 – 3 times higher than Acai Berry). In layman’s terms this suggests only half the amount is required in comparison to Acai; making Maqui better value for money.
Maqui Berry – 2 capsules or 1.5 grams in powder form daily
Acai Berry – 4 to 6 capsules or 4.5 to 6.0 grams in powder daily
The other important difference observed was the taste. Maqui Berry won thumbs up for being more palatable with little or no after taste making them a winner when serving to children. Maqui Berry Active range is gluten free, contains no preservatives or chemicals and is free of animal, dairy or meat content.