GOJI BERRIES

Goji berries may look simply quite like oversized red raisins and not too spcial, yet they have been used for their various health benefits for centuries.

Documentation of the benefits of goji berries begins with a book written by a Chinese emperor named Shen Nong in the year 250 BCE that is believed to be the oldest Chinese book on herbs and medicine. The book was named Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing and was supposed to contain all of the emperor’s knowledge on the subject of agriculture. There is another important Chinese book written by Li Shi-Zhen in the 16th century that also includes important information on the subject of the goji berry.

Goji berry translates to wolfberry. One theory as to the origin of the wolfberry name stems from speculation that Chinese farmers saw wolves sheltering among the dense goji berry vines.

The flavours of dried goji berries are a mix of cranberry, cherry and tomato, some would call them just right on the sweet side with a pleasant tartness.

Some of the factors that make them famous for boosting health are:

  • Amino acids: Goji berries provide 8 essential amino acids that your body cannot synthesize.
  • Zeaxanthin: One of the reasons for the popularity of goji berries is the fact that they contain a high concentration of an antioxidant called zeaxanthin. According to various studies, a diet that contains goji berries can increase a person’s zeaxanthin levels by as much as 26 percent.
  • Vitamins: Goji berries can provide you almost twice the vitamin A that you need in a day. It also has about a third of the daily recommended vitamin C.
  • Minerals: Goji berries are rich in some important minerals including iron and potassium.

A diet that contains a lot of goji berries can help with the treatment and prevention of various health issues, including:

  • High blood sugar: Goji berries are said to be able to lower your blood sugar in addition to helping to relieve insulin resistance. These benefits mean that it be able to reduce an individual’s risk of developing diabetes.
  • Obesity: Goji berries contain high levels of fiber and protein, which mean that they can help to provide a feeling of fullness without the need to take in an inordinate amount of calories.
  • Poor immune function: Consuming goji berries regularly can enhance lymphocytes, which are the red blood cells that protect the body from harmful bacteria.

Furthermore, scientific research backs more possible benefits of the goji berry, including eye protection against age-related diseases, protection against cancer, promotion of healthy skin, improvement of depression, anxiety and sleep, prevention of liver damage.

Include goji berries to your diet by adding them to your smoothies, breakfast cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, salads, baked goods, rice dishes, desserts and sauces or snack on them by the handful.

 

EXCERPT TAKEN FROM https://www.spiceography.com/goji-berries/

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH FROM MEDICALNEWSTODAY.COM