Berry Battle: Maqui-VS-Acai

Sometime in the late 1990s, a berry of exotic distinction became a buzzword that caused a paradigm shift in the world of superfruits. Acai was suddenly the forefront as the most popular juice in the market at the time, and its distribution made it a staple in households around the world, but nearly thirty years later, how does Acai compare to the newly discovered Maqui berry? Here is some information about these two formidable fruits and a very basic comparison of how they stack up against each other.

Nutrition Content

Acai berries

In terms of nutrition, the Acai berry and Maqui are in the same family and therefore share many of the nutritional aspects of each other, yet Maqui does have a few minerals in greater supply such as iron, potassium, and calcium, making it great for the repair of many of the major systems of the body. Both fruits contain large portions of C and A, but Acai has A higher amount of vitamin E, which could be considered to be one of the primary building blocks needed for skin vitality and elasticity of various tissues.

Antioxidants

Acai smoothie, granola, seeds, fresh fruits in a wooden bowl – freepik.com

Both Acai and Maqui fruit are heavy on antioxidants which are great for fighting the different types of oxidative stress that are placed upon the body during daily life. Antioxidants are known to help to slow the effects of aging in some ways. One of the primary things that antioxidants are known for though, are their abilities to fight cellular problems and cancer by eliminating free radicals that cause damage to the DNA information stored in your cells.

Accessibility

Acai smoothie freepik.com

One of the main reasons for the outrageous success of Acai early on, was its accessibility. When it was introduced through marketing efforts, the proper channels for distribution were firmly in place, making it an easy sell to the public, and placed it directly into the hands of the consumers who were ready to welcome this new flavor with eager and open arms. Acai can now be found in many forms, such as Acai powder to add to smoothies or enhance beverages. Dried Acai berries covered in dark chocolate are an sweet super-food snack. The easiest way to get the benefits of power-packed Acai on a daily basis is in an Acai supplement.

Today, the Maqui berry is on the scene with a little bit more to offer, but the main challenge of Maqui will be the limited amount of sources for the fruit. Until it reaches the celebrity of Acai, it will remain a specialty fruit that lives in the shadow of Acai. It is a little harder to find a variety of products with Maqui. However, Maqui powder is getting more popular and a variety of companies are creating easy-to-use powders. A Maqui supplement can also give you the enormousness health benefit that it offers. Another form of Maqui, is as an oil. Maqui Berry oil is known for being an incredible face oil, because it contain antioxidants plus phytochemicals which reduce cell damage.

Whether you vote for the famous, Acai, or the amazing rising star, Maqui, you will get nutritional benefits that can help to super charge your immune system and over-all health and wellness.

Published by HealthGuruGal

I'm inspired to share my health journey, knowledge, and discoveries with those that feel drawn toward a healthy life and strive to make positive steps toward optimal wellness, mindfulness, and being a whole person. Interesting things about me: Olympic gold medalist 1996, mom of 3 sons, performed with Cirque du Soliel's "O", taught yoga for many years, and love art and creativity, and I beleive everyone has AMAZING inside of them!

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