Known as the anti-aging fruit, Goji berries are mildly sweet, sun dried berries that have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for 2000 years.
Just as delicious as they are nutritious, these red berries are becoming more and more popular and today you will see why. So, let me tell you more about Goji berries and the long list of their health benefits!
Nutritional Values of Goji Berries
Just like most berries, goji berries contain beta-carotene which promotes healthy, clean skin. Due to their rich content of vitamin C, they have the ability to protect and improve the immune system and relieve cold symptoms
Goji berries contain a wide range of trace minerals, including calcium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, and germanium. Goji berries may be even more nutrient dense compared to the other berries. They contain all 18 amino acids, vitamins A, C, E, and the B vitamins, and have more iron than spinach.
Goji berries have a very high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC). This means that you will need only 20 grams to get the recommended daily level of antioxidants.
Health Benefits of Goji Berries
For thousands of years, people have been used Goji berries as a traditional remedy to treat hypertension, diabetes, and other inflammatory problems, like lower back pain and fever.
Check out some of the health benefits:
- Regulate blood sugar levels
- Prevent oxidation of cholesterol
- Maintain healthy blood pressure
- Have potent anti-aging and anticancer properties
- Prevent heart diseases
- Protect brain health and improve recall ability
- Strengthen the immune system
- Support healthy liver and kidney functions
- Protect vision health
- Improve fertility
- Improve mood and sense of well-being
- Reduce damages caused by UV radiation
- Improve sleep quality
How to Eat Goji Berries
Goji berries are usually sold in their dried form. Make sure to select high-quality, organic berries. They are available in almost all local organic stores.
How to include goji berries in your diet:
Snack: Eat them as snacks, dried or raw.
Smoothies: Soak a handful of goji berries in water for 10 minutes and add them to your smoothies.
Trail mix: Mix your favorite nuts and dried fruits and add some goji berries.
Tea: Add a handful of goji berries to a cup of hot water. Leave it for 5-10 minutes until they become plumped.
Oatmeal: Add some to your oats.
Soup: You can add a handful of these berries in your soup.
Salad: Sprinkle goji berries in your salad.
Goji berries may cause allergic reactions in some people. Those prone to allergies are recommended to try a few berries to start.
Do not consume goji berries if you are taking any medications, especially blood thinner like aspirin, warfarin, or other similar medications.
Source: Juicing For Health