Goji Berries Superfood

A close up of a pile of goji berries.

What Are Goji Berry’s?

Goji berries, called the Wolfberry, are a fruit native to Southeastern Europe and Asia. In no uncertain terms, this fruit deserves its superfood title. The fruit is from a plant called Lycium Barbarum, a relative of the chilli pepper and tomato plant, among others.

The Goji berry or Wolfberry is a bright reddish-orange coloured berry. The berry’s taste and consistency are similar to that of tomatoes but slightly sweeter with a hint of lemon and a tinge of a fragrant herbal aftertaste; in fact, it’s enjoyable to eat.

There is evidence that Goji berries were consumed and used in medicine by the early Greeks and ancient Chinese. The Chinese Goji berries have been part of their traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and remain widely used today.

The Story Behind Goji Berry or Wolf Berry

The history of the Goji berry spans thousands of years, with the effects and medicinal benefits documented by the ancient Chinese and Greeks.

More recently, their rise to popularity has been from many well-documented sources. In 1677 and man was born in the Szechuan province of China. His name was Li Ching-Yuen. He became a master herbalist and lived his life completely balanced, encompassing calm, exercise, worldliness and spirituality; he lived on a diet of mainly Goji berries and lived to the ripe old age of 256 (yes, two hundred and fifty-two). Some dispute this, saying that he only lived for 199 years, but either a reasonable effort. Goji berries were credited with their prolonged lifespan.

In recent times, His Highness The Dali Lama professes to be amongst the Wolfberries admired and reports that he eats them daily. So who are we to question the almighty?

Goji berries pack a well-documented nutritional punch. Aside from the whole array of vitamins, minerals and amino acids (which we will list later), they are a concentrated source of antioxidants, which are highly effective at fighting free radicals and providing support and relief for our immune systems.

Wolfberries have been used to treat many different illnesses proving very effective against diabetes, high blood pressure, fevers and conditions relating to the eyes. In addition, there is widespread speculation that Goji berries can help combat the ageing process due to their high vitamin, amino acid and antioxidant capacities.

Goji Berry Nutritional Facts

The Wolfberry’s nutritional content is why it has been termed a superfood. It packs a mighty punch in all areas and is very pleasant to eat, either blended into drinks, mixed in salads or puddings or completely raw.

Nutritional facts

Wolfberries or Goji berries contain many essential nutrients and micro-nutrients that our bodies need to function as well as phytochemicals.

  • Five unsaturated fatty acids, including linoleic acid & alpha-linolenic acid.
  • Eighteen amino acids; all amino acids.
  • Six vitamins, including very high levels of vitamin A (beta carotene), B1, B2, B6, and E & more vitamin C than any other food known to us.
  • Eleven essential minerals and 22 trace minerals; more iron than spinach.
  • Sesquiterpenoids; stimulate the pituitary gland to produce more human growth hormones.
  • Polysaccharides; are master molecules that influence the body’s defence system and are also the preferred food for good intestinal bacteria, which helps pro-biotic cells thrive and reduce inflammation.
  • Phenolic pigments; are associated with antioxidants.
  • Five carotenoids, including xanthophyll, beta-carotene, and lutein.
  • Lycium barbarum polysaccharides; are unique nutrient compounds that are proven to enhance the immune system.

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