Phytochemistry Reviews

, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp 1081–1094 | Cite as

Phytochemistry and biological properties of Aristotelia chilensis a Chilean blackberry: a review

  • Gustavo E. ZúñigaEmail author
  • Andrea Tapia
  • Andrea Arenas
  • Rodrigo A. Contreras
  • Gustavo Zúñiga-Libano


Aristotelia chilensis (Mol.) Stuntz, commonly called Maqui, is known for its pharmacological uses in traditional medicine of native Mapuche communities in Chile. It is reported to have excellent medicinal properties that help to cure chronic diarrhea, dysentery, throat diseases, intestinal tumors, fever, wounds healing, and scars. Pharmacologically, fruits and leaves of Maqui have been investigated for antioxidant, antidiabetic, and antiviral activities. The current high demand of natural antioxidants has placed Maqui as one of the most over-exploited species in Chile. This review analyzes the information collected from the published research articles, and highlights the phytochemical and pharmacological aspects of A. chilensis. The information will be useful to develop new strategies of sustainable use of the species to generate new formulations with therapeutic and economical value in the future.


Aristotelia chilensis Maqui berry Antioxidants Anthocyanins Flavonoids 



Financial support from Corporación de Fomento (CORFO, Chile) Grants 11IDL2-10573 and 13IDL2-18 and Proyectos Basales (2017) is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gustavo E. Zúñiga
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andrea Tapia
    • 1
  • Andrea Arenas
    • 2
  • Rodrigo A. Contreras
    • 1
  • Gustavo Zúñiga-Libano
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Química y Biología and CEDENNAUniversidad de Santiago de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.PhD Program in Ciencia y Tecnología de AlimentosUniversidad de Santiago de ChileSantiagoChile

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