Maqui

18/Description

About

Maqui (pronounced "mah-kee") is an evergreen shrub from Chile and Argentina. Its berries and juice are used for medicinal purposes.

People use maqui for weight loss, diabetes, heart disease, fatigue, "detoxification," and for general health and wellness.

How it works

Maqui berries or juice are usually used. The berries and juice contain chemicals that act as antioxidants, which are thought to protect body cells from damage.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Weight loss
Diabetes
Cancer
Cardiovascular disease
Fatigue
Increasing energy and stamina
Other conditions

Concerns

There is not enough information to know if maqui is safe. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it's best to stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)ModerateMaqui might lower blood sugar levels. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking maqui along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to be too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.Dosing considerations for Maqui.The appropriate dose of maqui depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for maqui. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

18/Warnings

Warnings

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Maqui might lower blood sugar levels. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking maqui along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to be too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.