INGREDIENTS I 🖤 AND BELIEVE IN : Antioxidant Maqui Berry Extract 🍇
Maqui what? Exactly. I thought the same thing. But you heard it here first — maqui is the new açai! Two months ago, I had never even heard of maqui berries. With exponentially more antioxidant power than its sister açai berry, this South American superfruit is an antioxidant powerhouse packed with vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and potassium — and is a source of polyphenols, including anti-aging anthocyanins and anti-inflammatory compounds. According to the NIH, polyphenols help bolster the body's defenses against ultraviolet radiation and pathogens. The maqui berry grows wild in the rainforests of Chile and Argentina — and in 2006, Chilean scientists published a study comparing the antioxidant power of fruits and vegetables grown in Chile. The scientists discovered no other superfood they studied had as much antioxidant power as the maqui berry. By a long shot!
Obsessed with antioxidants and their anti-aging defensive power, I'm all over this maqui rage. I'm beginning to notice the maqui trend everywhere I turn. The first time I experienced maqui was in this incredible antioxidant mask from LA-based natural skincare brand Sonäge. And it happened by chance. I literally won it in a giveaway by my fave naturopathic doctor, Dr. Bryant Esquejo, who's also LA based. In fact, he has a well-informed, insightful blog that I often refer to here.
Sonäge formulates products in small batches every 90 days so they can be as fresh as possible. They pack their skincare formulas with natural, non-toxic ingredients — potent botanicals, active plant enzymes and pure, non-fragrant plant oils for the healthiest results. But this little maqui-infused formula is exceptional! The Patagonia Berry Stem Cell Mask is an antioxidant-powered, intensely hydrating mask with stem cell technology — but the linchpin of the formula is the prized Patagonian maqui berries. The 4th ingredient in the list, maqui berries give this mask its deep lavender color and delicious smell. I could be forgiven for accidentally stirring it into a morning smoothie.
The ingredients in the Sonäge Patagonia Berry Stem Cell Mask
So, of course, maqui berries are great for skin when applied topically. But the most powerfully effective way to reap their full anti-aging antioxidant benefit is to ingest them. Since I have no plans to fly to Chile any time soon, Dr. Brandt is my ticket! Dr. Brandt Skincare introduced the perfect ingestible innovation to get the maqui berry extract into your system, and into your skin. Dr. Frederic Brandt's longtime philosophy for optimizing skin health centered on "wellness from the inside out."
And the brand's new Antioxidant Water Booster Triple Power Ingestible Water Supplement is pure maqui perfection! It's also delicious. A few drops in 8 oz. of water give it a light berry taste — almost like an herbal berry tea. This superpower antioxidant supplement starts with Dr. Brandt's signature antioxidant blend of green tea, white tea, and grape seed extract, proven to fight the destructive effects of free radicals from within. According to the brand, "studies have shown that green tea, white tea, and grapeseed contain among others, the polyphenol EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), the strongest of any known form of anti-oxidants. EGCG is more than 100 times as effective at neutralizing free radicals as vitamin C and 25 times more powerful than vitamin E*." They could have stopped there, right? But they supercharged the booster with maqui berry extract! All you need is a single dropper full to kick off each morning with the antioxidant defenses your body needs to fight environmental damage from damaging, pro-aging free radicals. In fact, each dropper full holds the equivalent polyphenol content of 15 cups of green tea.
Whether you hop on a plane to Patagonia, or hop onto the maqui berry bandwagon with me instead, get antioxidants into your diet and into your skin care!
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