Goji Berry is claimed to be the most nutritionally dense fruit on earth.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOJI BERRIES
- Goji berries are a source of protein, containing more than 4 g of protein per 30 g serving. Protein helps build and repair body tissues. It also contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle mass.
- Goji berries are high in dietary fibre, containing almost 4 g dietary fibre per 30 g serving. The soluble dietary fibre in the berries plays a role in glucose absorption and maintaining a healthy blood cholesterol level, while the insoluble dietary fibre helps to keep the gut healthy and contributes to regular laxation, thereby helping help to treat constipation.
- Goji berries are a source of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron naturally found in goji berries. It has various other functions in the body, contributing to cell protection from free radical damage, maintaining the normal function of the immune system during and after intense physical stress, normal neurological function, normal collagen formation, as well as reducing tiredness and fatigue.
- Goji berries are very high in vitamin A. Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance of good vision, normal function of the immune system, normal skin and mucous membrane structure and function. It also contributes to normal growth and iron metabolism.
- In the very long history of the traditional use of Wolfberry, there are practically no reports of adverse effects. Published human safety data are rare. Goji berries contain Betaine, which is a known liver protectant, but can also be used to induce menstruation and abortion, so its use should be avoided by pregnant women.
- Goji berries are great as part of a dried fruit, nuts and seeds trail mix.
- Add Goji berries together with Chia seed for a superfood smoothie mix.
- Always remember to soak your Goji berries before adding to salads or other dishes.
- Goji berries are great in cooking sweet and savoury recipes. You can add them in baked goods like cookies, on top of your morning oatmeal or porridge.
- Goji berries can also be added to soups and salads but they can also be consumed as a beverage, in the form of tea or juice. They can also be blended and added to juices for additional flavour.
- You can also soak dried goji berries in hot water for a few minutes until they've softened. When rehydrated, fold into spiced rice and grain pilafs, salsas, chili, or anything else that could benefit from a dose of goji's slightly sweet flavour.
- You can also blend a spoonful of soaked goji berries into smoothies, tomato sauces, or frozen desserts like ice cream and popsicles for flavour and nutritional boost.
DID YOU KNOW?
Goji berries, also called Wolfberries, grow in temperate regions in China, Mongolia and in the Tibetan Himalayas. These berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2000 years, mainly for treating liver and kidney problems.