Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 74, Issue 3, pp 277–286 | Cite as

A Review of the Potential of Chilean Native Berries in the Treatment of Obesity and its Related Features

  • Diego F. Garcia-DiazEmail author
  • P. Jimenez
  • M. Reyes-Farias
  • J. Soto-Covasich
  • A. G. V. Costa
Review Article


Obesity is a major worldwide health threat. It is characterized by an abnormal adipose tissue overgrowth together with increased monocytes infiltration, causing inflammation and oxidative stress, events associated with several illnesses. Investigations have focused on the benefits of native fruit consumption, claiming these to be natural sources of bioactive compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory characteristics. It has been widely stated that berries are a source of the most antioxidant compounds, and, thus, seem highly promising to endure research efforts on these vegetal matrices. The present article describes botanical, chemical and biomedical features of the Chilean native berries, Aristotelia chilensis, Ugni molinae, and Berberis microphylla. This work aims to potentiate incoming research focused on the search for novel treatments for first-order diseases with these particular plant sources.


Antioxidants Bioactive compounds Chilean native berries Polyphenols Obesity 



This work was supported by the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT, Chile; FONDECYT Grant 11110219).

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nutrition, School of MedicineUniversity of ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Biotechnology Doctoral ProgramPontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso - Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa MariaValparaisoChile
  3. 3.Department of Pharmacy and Nutrition, Centre of Exact, Natural and Health SciencesFederal University of Espirito SantoAlegreBrazil

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