We do know that a variety of berries like blueberries, blackberries, cherries, strawberries, raspberries and other types are really wonderful, tasty and nutritious. But there is an unknown kind of berry which is called the Goji berries, which look like shriveled mini red raisins.
They are commonly found in health foods stores, and I think you have seen one but don’t know that it is the Goji berries. This exotic food has a lot of great nutrients that you really need to know. In fact, Goji berries have been used for over two thousand years for treating different kinds of health concerns. They are used for treating liver and kidney problems, cleansing the blood, skin problems, eye problems, allergies, insomnia, diabetes and cancer. Let’s go on and discuss what Goji berries contain and what they can contribute to our diet.
Goji Berries — A Nutritional Super-Antioxidant High Protein Berry
The goji berry can have up to 5x the antioxidant power of blueberries and even 6 grams of protein per serving!
Have you seen those things in the health food stores that look like shriveled up mini RED raisins? They are called “Goji Berries” and they are one of the highest antioxidant berries you can find on the planet. They are also called “Wolfberries” and come from Asia, in places like China, Mongolia and the Himalayas, where they have been consumed and used as a medicine for thousands of years.
Goji Berries have been an important part of Tibetan medicine and have been used for about two thousand years as a natural means of treating kidney and liver problems, and cleansing the blood.
They also have been used to help treat eye problems, skin problems, allergies, insomnia, chronic liver disease, diabetes and cancer. Goji berries are also a general strengthening tonic and are believed to be excellent for virility and sexual health as well.
Why are Goji berries so great? Some of the many nutrients these little powerhouse berries contain are:
- 18 amino acids, making these berries high in protein
- 6 important vitamins
- 5 different types of fatty acids; including two essential fatty acids — linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid
- 5 powerful carotenoids — beta carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, and cryptoxanthin
- Important pigments (phenols) with high antioxidant properties
- 8 polysaccharides and 5 monosaccharides
Goji berries are one of the highest antioxidant foods on earth.
Goji berries contain high quantities of super antioxidants like beta carotene and zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin does a lot of great things, but one of its big jobs is to protect your retinas in your eyes. You’ve heard of age-related macular degeneration? It is the leading cause of vision loss in older people and easily preventable by diet alone.
Antioxidants slow down disease processes and the aging process by stopping the free radicals that are generated from the environment, poor food choices, smoking, stress, excessive exercise, too much sun exposure, and more. Free radicals injure cells and damage DNA, which can then cause the cell to grow abnormally, which leads to illness and disease.
Goji berries are rich in B vitamins, and also contain large quantities of vitamin E.
And, because Goji Berries contain 18 amino acids, they are also high in protein (at about 13%), so they make a pretty satisfying snack. They contain more beta carotene than carrots, more iron than spinach, and twenty-one important trace minerals.
A serving of Goji berries can contain 7 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein!
I used to think that only dried goji berries were available in stores, but recently I found frozen goji berries at Whole Foods, and I personally like these a LOT better than the dried Goji berries. The dried goji berries have a stronger taste, and I tend to prefer the milder taste of the frozen berries, which are great added to yogurt (once thawed).
The frozen goji berries have 6 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber per serving, which is insane for a berry.
Goji berries are unique nutritional standouts, and they have specific medicinal qualities that are just now starting to be studied. Much is still unknown about the phytochemicals, polysaccharides, and complex nutritional compounds that they contain.
Some of the phytochemicals in Goji berries are:
Betaine, which is a digestive enzyme made by the liver. It helps make you calmer, enhances your memory, aids inmuscle growth, and assists in breaking down fats stored in the liver, as well as preventing ‘fatty liver disease’.
Physalin is another compound that is known to strengthen the liver and help prevent hepatitis B and help fight off certaincancers like leukemia.
They contain a powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compound called Solavetivone.
And the active ingredient that gives Goji berries their reputation for virility-enhancing is Beta Sitoserol, which is actually an excellent anti-inflammatory agent as well. Goji berries have had a long-standing reputation for treating sexual impotence and preventing prostate enlargement, as well as just being a generally good for virility.
A phytochemical called Cyperone is a type of sesquiterpene that benefits the heart and lowers blood pressure. This chemical has cancer-fighting properties as well and is especially good for helping prevent cervical cancer.
Can the mighty goji berry help anti-aging?
Goji berries have been called super berry because the are rated the highest for their anti-aging properties, and rated #1 on the ORAC scale which is the ‘Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity’, which measures the antioxidant level in foods.When compared to blueberries, goji berries showed an ORAC rating as much as 5-10x that of blueberries!
You can find Goji berries at some health food stores, but they are still not well known enough to find them in traditional grocery stores.
Goji berries are most often sold in their dried form, so they look like little red raisins. Look for Goji berries without any added sugars or additives.
They have a delicious chewy slightly tart taste that you will find delicious. Toss them in cereal, salads, on toast with peanut butter or just eat them out of hand. They are delicious and fantastic for you! The frozen goji berries that I found at Whole Foods are amazing in yogurt or on salads.
I personally think that there are more benefits to eating whole goji berries (either dried or frozen) compared to taking a supplement or any of the juices with goji that are claimed to be “exotic miracles”.
Most of the “miracle juices” that you see out there touting that they contain goji only contain a very small amount of goji juice and are usually loaded with other high sugar worthless juices like apple juice. These juices are just too calorie dense! Forget about them.
Stick with whole goji berries instead. Since it’s unlikely that you’ll eat goji berries every single day, I personally also take a daily supplement (one of the few supplements I actually believe in) that contains a goji berry (wolfberry) extract.
It’s my favorite antioxidant supplement because it also contains a synergistic blend of powerful antioxidants such as coffee berry, biovin grape (same antioxidants as red wine), acai berry, green tea, and pomegranate all-in-one.
Goji berries are not highly recognized by people unlike other berries. Now that we know what this little powerhouse berries will contribute to our health, it is good to try them and include them in our daily food intake. Taking this kind of berries will make us to have a healthier kind of lifestyle. We should always try to discover by simply reading some articles. Sometimes, unrecognized things have more, than that of popular ones. Always try to discover more and don’t be contented to what you know now because health and nutrition really matters.
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