Gut Friendly and Energy Rich!
Goji berries are one of the most nutritionally dense fruits on Earth!
They are a member of the nightshade family , which contains many other common vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, tomato, aubergine, and pepper, as well as some poisonous plants like belladonna and deadly nightshade.
Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, the goji berry is now grown in many other countries as well.
Goji for energy and restoration:
Energy rich, great for those wanting a pick-me-up. Goji Berries are a very rich source of vitamin C, having 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges, actually more almost any fruit you could name. They are also a superb source of vitamin A, not surprising because they are a really pretty red colour. Goji berries also have vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E; they are becoming a famous antioxidant.
They are also a rich source of both selenium and germanium so incredibly nourishing for the immune system. They make a great addition to the diets of those coping with chronic illness wanting to support and regulate the immune system, improve energy and elevate mood.
The berries have 18 amino acids (higher than bee pollen) and 21 trace minerals, linoleic acid, and more beta carotene than carrots.
Goji berries naturally support the bodies ability to fight off disease and regulate cell production (they inhibit cancer cell growth) and improve/stimulate the function of the cells of the immune system.
* Contains 19 amino acids the building blocks of protein including all eight that are essential for life.
* Contains 21 trace minerals, including germanium, an anti-cancer trace mineral rarely found in foods.
* Contains more protein than whole wheat (13 percent).
* Contains a complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids, including beta-carotene (a better source than even carrots!) and zeaxanthin (protects the eyes). Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids of all known foods.
* Contains Vitamin C at higher levels than even those found in oranges.
* Contains B-complex vitamins, necessary for converting food into energy.
* Contains Vitamin E (very rarely found in fruits, only in grains and seeds).
* Contains Beta-Sitosterol, an anti-inflammatory agent. Beta-Sitosterol also lowers cholesterol and has been used to treat sexual impotence and prostate enlargement.
* Contains essential fatty acids, which are required for the body's production of hormones and for the smooth functioning of the brain and nervous system.
* Contains Cyperone, a sesquiterpene that benefits the heart and blood pressure, alleviates menstrual discomfort, and has been used in the treatment of cervical cancer.
* Contains Solavetivone, a powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compound.
* Contains Physalin, a natural compound that is active against all major types of leukemia. It has been shown to increase splenic natural killer cell activity in normal and tumour-bearing mice, with broad-spectrum anti-cancer effect. It has also been used as a treatment for hepatitis B.
* Contains Betaine, which is used by the liver to produce choline, a compound that calms nervousness, enhances memory, promotes muscle growth, and protects against fatty liver disease. Betaine also provides methyl groups in the body's energy reactions and can help reduce levels of homocysteine, a prime risk factor in heart disease. It also protects DNA.
Integrating goji into your diet
From smoothies to broths, juices to salads, gojis are incredibly versatile.
They add an earthy sweetness and a great textural component.
Here are some easy ways to bring this nutrient dense berry into your diet.
Tea. Make Goji tea or Combine some Goji Berries with your favourite tea, steep for 4 minutes, and enjoy.
Soups Add Goji Berries to any soup and broths .
Breakfast Put a handful of Goji Berries on your cereal or in your grain meal. They are also great added to yogurt (regular or vegan).
Dried Take dried berries along with your for a quick, healthy, on-the-go snack.
Smoothies Throw some frozen Goji Berries for a great start to your day.
Juice A nice glass of Goji juice is a fabulous way to get all the healthy benefits, without having to cook.
Nutrition bars Eat or make an energy bar with Goji to regulate your energy.
And one bonus idea: Pretty much any recipe you have can incorporate Goji Berries – breads, cookies, muffins, salads, trail mix, etc.
Regardless of whether you want to improve your health or just be healthier overall, incorporating Goji Berries into your diet can certainly help.