Goji Berries - A Real Superfood
Author: Amber Houghton Date Posted:24 April 2014
Goji berries are an orange-red fruit produced by the wolfberry plant, which is native to China. They have a mild "sweet and sour" taste and are slightly tart. The popularity of the goji berry hinges on its status as an antioxidant superfruit, and its rich content of essential nutrients.
Traditional Chinese medicine has used goji berries for thousands of years. In recent years, westerners have discovered how beneficial and tasty goji berries are, and they are now common in health food stores. Goji berries contain an impressive list of essential vitamins, proteins and antioxidants.
Goji berries have levels of vitamin C that, per gram, may rival those in oranges. And that’s hardly the only vitamin that goji berries can boast. The full list of vitamins and minerals in goji berries includes but is not limited to calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and selenium.
Goji berries are also full of fibre and carotenoids like beta-carotene, which helps support good eyesight and eye health. Goji berries are thought to help reduce stress and fatigue by increasing energy. They also naturally contain melatonin, the hormone our bodies use to regulate our sleep cycles.
Additionally, though the goji berry is a fruit, it has a curiously high protein content of about 12-13%. Goji berries should form a tasty part of any health-conscious person's diet. These berries are frequently sold in their dried form. You will find higher quality dried goji berries are soft rather than crunchy.
There are many ways to eat goji, including straight out of the bag. They are also tasty in trail mixes along with nuts, seeds and other dried fruits. Another healthy way to enjoy goji berries is to add them to a green smoothie after soaking the dried berries in water.
Goji berries can be added to almost any snack or meal, and they are guaranteed to provide a nutritional boost.
|Written by Amber Houghton|
Amber holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Naturopathy, and has a particular passion for nutritious, whole-food eating. She feels education surrounding the best dietary and lifestyle choices are fundamental in allowing people to take responsibility for their own health, and to help with the maintenance of their well-being.
Although passionate about wholesome food, Amber does confess to having a particular fondness for cake, and enjoys a slice every now and then.