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

Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2019 Sep;74(3):277-286. doi: 10.1007/s11130-019-00746-6.


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.

Keywords: Antioxidants; Bioactive compounds; Chilean native berries; Obesity; Polyphenols.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / analysis
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / pharmacology
  • Antioxidants / analysis
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Berberis / chemistry*
  • Chile
  • Elaeocarpaceae / chemistry*
  • Fruit / chemistry*
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / drug therapy
  • Inflammation / etiology
  • Myrtaceae / chemistry*
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / drug therapy*
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Phytochemicals / analysis*
  • Phytochemicals / pharmacology


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Phytochemicals