Super Food – Goji berries
Goji berries are evergreen shrubs found in temperate and subtropical regions in China, Mongolia and in the Himalayas in Tibet. They are in the nightshade (Solonaceae) family. Other names for it are Lycium barbarum, wolfberry, gou qi zi, Fructus lycii.
The round, red Goji berries are very tender and must be shaken from the vine rather than picked in order to avoid spoiling. These fruits are preserved by slowly drying them in the shade. The berry has been eaten locally in the Himalayan and Tibetan regions for centuries and is celebrated in festivals. The Goji fruit is nicknamed the “happy berry” because of the sense of well being it is said to induce.
Usefulness of Goji Berries
- It protects the liver
- Helps eyesight
- Improve sexual function and fertility
- Boosts immune function
- Strengthens the legs
- Improves circulation
- Promotes longevity
- Goji berries contain antioxidants, particularly carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin
- Zeaxanthin’s key role is to protect the retina of the eye by absorbing blue light and acting as an antioxidant. In fact, increased intake of foods containing zeathanthin may decrease the risk of developing age-related mascular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in people over the age of 65
- In recent years, goji juice has become popular as a health beverage
- Goji extracts may prevent the growth of cancer cells, reduce blood glucose, and lower cholesterol levels
- Goji berries and lyceum bark play important roles in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), where they are believed to enhance immune system function
- Goji berries are nutritionally rich, containing beta-carotene, Vitamins C, B1, B2 and other vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. Companies marketing the berries also claim the berries contain such nutrients as isoleucine, tryptophan, zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, phosphorus, B6, and vitamin E
- Increases your energy and strength
- Promotes normal blood sugar for those in normal range
- Supports cardiovascular health
What Do Goji Berries Contain ?
Goji berries contain 19 amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. They are rich in 21 minerals such as zinc, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium and phosphorus. They also contain food antioxidant carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeazxanthin( supports the eyes). They contain Vitamin C, plus Vitmains B1,B2,B6,and Vitamin E. Iron can also be found in Gojji berries as well as betsisterol, sequiterpenoids (cyperone,solavetivone, an anti- fungal compound), tetraterpenoids and betaine for digestion. Goji berries also contain polysaccharides which support the immune system.
The Goji berries are high in esential fatty acids, the healthy omegas, which are required for the body’s production of hormones and smooth functioning of the brain and nervous system. The linoleic is found in plenty.
One can relish the Goji berries and get all the benefits from it. it is worth the try, if you haven’t done so.