What is it about?

In recent years, the production, processing and exportation of maqui and murta Chilean berries have increased due to their high Total Polyphenols Content (TPC) and high Antioxidant Capacity (AC). They are excellent sources of polyphenols that have shown health-promoting bioactivities.

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Why is it important?

The leaves of these berries are agroindustrial discards that present even higher TPC and AC values. Extracts of leaves and berries of maqui and murta are potent inhibitors of enzymes involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates. In addition, they have shown anti-inflammatory and antidiabetic effects.

Perspectives

Purified extracts of leaves and berries of maqui and murta may be useful to produce food supplements, cosmetics and medicines.

Jose Perez
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

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This page is a summary of: Maqui (Aristotelia chilensis (Mol.) Stuntz) and murta (Ugni molinae Turcz): Native Chilean sources of polyphenol compounds, Mini-Reviews in Organic Chemistry, June 2018, Bentham Science Publishers, DOI: 10.2174/1570193x15666180627120609.
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