Goji Berries Anyone?

Have you ever heard of goji berries? If you have not, then it is time to get to know them! Goji berries, sometimes called wolfberries, have been a staple food in Chinese culture and herbal medicine since the first century A.D. and are perhaps one of the most nutritionally dense fruits on the planet.

Goji berries are small and red and look a bit like raisons. Goji berries contain18 kinds of amino acids, more beta-carotene than carrots, more vitamin C than carrots and up to 21 trace minerals such as iron (more than soybeans or spinach), zinc, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus.

Goji berries have been recommended for anemia, dizziness, inflammation, enhanced immunity, improved circulation, stronger eyesight, liver and kidney health as well as an increased sense of well-being. They are also one of the only known foods to stimulate the secretion of human growth hormone thought to inhibit the classic signs of aging.

During the holidays when we are rushing off to cocktail parties and always tempted by fattening foods, Goji berries are a perfect high-protein snack to have beforehand. Grab a handful of goji berries as a high-protein pick-me-up in the afternoon, sprinkle them on top of yogurt or throw a handful on salads to make them more colorful and add more protein to your mid-day meal. Because they are so portable, goji berries are easy to keep in your desk at the office or in your purse or briefcase for a quick, healthy snack!

You can find gogi berries in the dried fruit and nut section of your local health food shop or Whole Foods or you can purchase them online. One of my favorite’s is the brand Go Hunza’s Go Take a Hike, which is a trailmix of goji berries, mulberries, raisons, cacoa nibs, cashews and pistachios. This brand also has a bag of goji berries.

1 Comment

  • kurt
    July 30th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

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    tnx for info….



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