Goji berries have gained popularity in the last few years thanks to the impressive health benefits they have.
Typing their name on any search engine you can find million pieces of information about these little red fruits and their super proprieties including the one that made the Goji Berries famous: the power to prevent premature aging to such a degree that they earned the status of “longevity secret”.
Some sources suggest that daily Goji berry consumption can increase longevity by 20 years!
No matter if they live up this claims these nice tiny fruits are healthily delicious and I am literally addicted to them.
But let’s learn more about this superfood.
Also known as the wolfberries, they belong to the broader nightshade family that includes chili peppers, tomatoes and tobacco and have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for about 2000 years.
Indeed, they offer beneficial antioxidants nutrients and a variety of carotenoids, powerful plant pigments that our body converts to Vitamin A, in particular zeaxanthin and beta carotene, that protect the body against diseases promoting cardiovascular health, muscle health, metabolic processes and vision.
They are a very rich source of vitamin C, having 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges (!) and they contain 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals and are an excellent source of iron, packing more iron than spinach (!!)
What is It good for?
Some of their benefits are attributed to Betaine, which is a neutral compound, used by the liver to produce choline, a substance that helps to soothe nerves, enhances memory, and promote restful sleep. Betaine also, as a methyl donor, reduces the toxic amino acid homocysteine, a prime risk factor in heart disease. It also protects DNA.
These low calories, fat free, high in protein nice little fruit, also contains a good quantity of VITAMIN B6, (one serving of Goji berries contains about the half of the daily requirement of it), necessary for key metabolic processes.
Moreover, Goji berries are super important for protecting eye health. Abundant in the antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein, they are beneficial for vision and can be considered as a natural treatment for macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss affecting more that 10 millions people in America.
These berries, whom appearance closely remember raisins, are also considered an anti-cancer superfood.
In vitro studies suggest that goji berries kill many kinds of cancer cells. The mechanism whereby this happens is believed to involve some factor that inhibits the ability of the cell to divide, thus lowering its reproductive capacity. A large study in Japan suggested that tumor growth was inhibited by 58% among the patients eating goji berries as compared to the control groups. A study in Mongolia showed that patients eating the goji berries had a significant increase in lymphocyte activity and that their blood began to resemble that of much younger persons. (Source https://www.agoji.com/goji-berries/benefits-facts/)
How do I use it?
AS THEY ARE. Dried Goji Berries are a perfect snack to boost your energy and satisfy cravings.
I usually have about one tablespoon every day in the morning.
ADDED DRY TO YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE. You can cook with dried goji berries in both sweet and savory recipes.
Try to Add goji berries to your breakfast granola or oatmeal just as you would with raisins. Or you can top with them your yogurt, ice cream or salad.
You can also try to make some delicious and original Goji Berries muffins.
GOJI TEA. You can even rehydrate these fruits adding them to a big glass of hot or cold water and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. They’ll become plump and juicy.
You then drink the boiling water and eat the berries in the beverage for a full loaded of antioxidants.