Lets Start With The Acai Berry
The acai (ah-sigh-ee) berry
, about the size of a grape, has been known about and eaten for thousands of years in South America.
It's the purplish-black fruit of Euterpe Oleracea palm which is really one of seven indigenous South American Euterpe palms.
There is a old story that no one really knows if it is true or not, but it's nice. The story is told about a popular Amazon Indian tribal chief who discovered that these berrys were good to eat and gave you extra energy. The chief really enjoyed eating them and so he named them after his daughter Iaca, acai is Iaca spelled backwards!
Just recently it has been found that these berries have an unusual characteristic and that is acai berries come pretty darn close to being a complete source of essential amino acids. Only animal protein is slightly higher.
Also it is well known that Omega 3 Fatty Acids, have the remarkable ability to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise good cholesterol (HDL). Fish oil supplements contain a great amount of omega 3 fatty acids, but SO DO ACAI BERRIES.
The acai berry contains an array of antioxidants including vitamins B, C, and E that are known to help combat premature aging, and it also contains 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and between 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine. It's an amazing berry.
The Unusual Health Benefits of these berries remained a little known secret because...
Without refrigeration acai berries begin to spoil within 24 hours of harvest. So they were not really known about, at least in the outside world, until recently.
Something else that is interesting and not well known is the acai berry can be made into a nice red wine that is also very mineral rich
and contains some of the same or similar health properties of red grape wine with even more anthocyanins.
One of the most useful side effects is the acai berry ability to cut back your appetite. This is something that can be very helpful if you need or are trying to lose weight.
But Are They Safe?
People on medication for problems such as high blood pressure are sometimes concerned about possible interactions with acai berry supplements and their medication. So far, there are no known drug interactions to acai berry supplements, but checking with your doctor
or pharmacist is always a good idea.
Now Lets Talk About The Maqui Berry
One of the big differences between the two berries is taste.
The Maqui or Chilean Wineberry Tree
is a species of the Elaeocarpaceae tree family and is found in the rainforests of Chile and southern Argentina.
The edible maqui berry fruit was documented for the first time in 1844 and at that time it was used to make jam, juice, and also used as a mild astringent.
Of course these berries had already been known about for generations by the Mapuche Indians who live in Chile. They would often use them to brew a type of drink they call "chicha". Chicha is a fermented light alcoholic drink similar to a very good cider.
And now its been discovered that maqui berries can also produce a fine red wine. So the next time you enjoy a glass of Chilean red wine you could also be enjoying the wonderful taste of the maqui berry!
Maqui Berries like Acai Berries have high levels of antioxidants present in their juice and pulp. This is what helps to "tune up" your body by helping to get rid of toxins and poisons that can make you susceptible to illness, early aging, skin conditions, and yes, even weight gain.
Like the acai berry, maqui berries also cause appetite suppression and along with this the maqui berry helps increase your resting metabolism. This increase in your metabolism will give a boost to any exercise plan you are now on.
One of the big differences between the two berries is taste. Most people agree that the maqui berry is more palatable and has little or no after taste.