Superfood Goji Berry is best known for it’s anti aging properties. Also called wolfberries, they are a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub that’s native to China. They are foundational to the Chinese medicine system, and are often recommended for chronic conditions. In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hopes of living longer, their very own fountain of youth. Well, hopeful fountain of youth. They are a wonderful antioxidant, with about 3 times the amount of antioxidants than blueberries! Even more, goji berries are also the only food known to stimulate human growth hormone (hgh) naturally! If only my 5’2 (and three quarters) frame had known about them a decade ago, I might have made it to “average” height.
Goji Berries Awesomeness:
- 21 or more trace minerals (zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, phosphorous)
- Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E
- Complete protein source (19 different amino acids) (8 essential amino acids)
- Beta sitosterol (anti inflammatory)
- Linoleic acid (essential fatty acid)
- Betaine (for the liver)
Goji berries are available dried, powdered, juiced, extracts, oil, fresh berries and processed into nibs, candies and bars. Goji berries are gelatinous, like chia seeds they can add richness and texture to many recipes. I love adding these berries to my smoothies. By adding goji berries into our foods, we are bringing it all together….body, mind and spirit. Isn’t that AMAZING? So go ahead and throw a handful into your next smoothie!